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Endorsement: Stephen J. Nichols

“Elegant in every way, the ESV is certain to take its place as one of the finest translations in the grand tradition of the English Bible. Scholars will appreciate the care and nuance of the translation, pastors will appreciate the cadence and rhythm of the text, and all who read it will appreciate the craftsmanship of this richly textured version. It has become my version of choice.”
Stephen J. Nichols
Professor, Lancaster Bible College

Crossway is publishing a new book by Dr. Nichols later this year.

May 19, 2006 | Posted in: ESV,General | Author: Crossway Staff @ 9:00 am | Comments Off »

ESV Microsoft Word Plugin

Jason shares a Microsoft Word plugin he wrote that uses the ESV Web Service to insert a passage into a Word document.

The plugin is a Word template (.dot) and macro that adds a toolbar to Word:

The toolbar has Show Passage, Create Passage Link, Footnote Passage, Insert Passage, and Options buttons.

Let’s go through each of the buttons.

Show Passage

This button pops up a window containing the text of the highlighted verse reference:

A dialog box shows the text of Mark 4:1.

Create Passage Link

This button creates a link to the Bible Gateway.

Mark 4:1 is now linked to the Bible Gateway.

Footnote Passage

This button adds a footnote containing the passage text.

A footnote number appears next to Mark 4:1 in the document. It points to a footnote containing the text of the verse.

Insert Passage

This button inserts the text of the passage directly into the document. First you confirm the passage you want to insert (it defaults to any text you’ve highlighted):

A dialog box asks you to confirm the passage.

Press OK to insert the text:

The text of the passage appears in your document.


Finally, you can choose some options to control how you insert the text:

Turn on and off things like footnotes and verse numbers.


Download it here. You might need to lower your security settings temporarily to let the macro run. You can do so from Tools > Options > Security > Macro Security (button) > Medium. Just remember to raise your security settings again once you’re done.

May 17, 2006 | Posted in: Digital,ESV | Author: Crossway Staff @ 9:00 am | (7) Comments »

Daily Reading Plans Available in iCal Format

The ESV Online Edition now offers reading plans in iCal format, suitable for importing into Google Calendar or other applications.

Follow the above link for directions on how to add the reading plans to Google Calendar and to customize the start time to fit your schedule. We think it works, but feel free to email webmaster@gnpcb.org with problems or suggestions.

Google Calendar screenshot showing this week's One Year Bible readings

May 15, 2006 | Posted in: Digital,ESV | Author: Crossway Staff @ 10:03 am | (11) Comments »

ESV God’s Story Editions Coming Summer and Fall 2006

Crossway has joined with Youth for Christ to publish a special version of the ESV. Here’s Crossway’s description:

In partnership with Youth for Christ, Crossway has created a Bible using the 3Story model. 3Story is the outreach vision and strategy of Youth for Christ using the idea that “I have a story, others have a story, and God has a story.” The goal of a believer is to intersect his or her story with each of the other two stories as much as possible to bring those who don’t know God into relationship with him. These editions of God’s Story are tools to help others build a relationship with God as their stories intersect.

  • 9.5-point type
  • Size: 5.5″ x 8.5″
  • Words of Christ in black
  • Two columns (same as Classic Thinline editions)
  • Hardcover edition has three ribbon markers and does not have a jacket

Paperback and DuraCover (a thick, durable, acrylic-coated paperback cover) Gospels of John are coming in June.

Paperback, hardcover, and TruTone complete God’s Story ESVs are coming this fall.

May 12, 2006 | Posted in: Editions,ESV | Author: Crossway Staff @ 8:32 am | (2) Comments »

Puns and Footnotes

Andrea at Dear Void shares the insight she gained from a footnote in Robert Alter’s The Five Books of Moses.

Concerning Exodus 9:3, she quotes Alter:

the hand of the Lord is about to be against your livestock.

The Hebrew verb here has a spine-tingling effect for which there is no obvious English equivalent. The verb “to be” in Hebrew is not supposed to have a participial, or present, tense. At this ominous and supernatural juncture, however, that verbal stem “h-y-h” yields an anomalous “hoyah,” rendered in this translation as “about to be.” This strange usage involves a kind of fearsome pun on the divine name YHWH that was mysteriously highlighted in the Burning Bush episode. God’s intrinsic and unique capacity for being, we are made to see, is not just a matter of static condition but an awesome power of action–the hand that is “about to be” against all the livestock of Egypt.

She goes on to conclude:

Alter has made me more aware than ever before of the concentrated amount of punning that occurs in these early books of the Bible. And so I found this pun on the name of God to be fascinating. I tend to think of “I Am” as a statement more about who God is—it is His state of being; He is the self-existent One. But today I began to think of this title as a statement not simply describing who God is, but what He does. In Exodus 9, the I Am, Defender of His people and Opposer of Pharaoh, is about “to be.” And so, no wonder Alter describes this strange verb as “spine-tingling” and “ominous.”

Puns are notoriously hard to translate because their nature ties them to their original language. A translator can often hope only to add a footnote that explains the pun. The ESV sometimes footnotes names to illuminate puns.

Genesis 4:1, for example, reads: “Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have gotten a man with the help of the Lord.” The footnote adds: “Cain sounds like the Hebrew for gotten.”

May 10, 2006 | Posted in: ESV,Translation | Author: Crossway Staff @ 9:02 am | Comments Off »