The ESV – A Bible Translation for Everyone?

UPDATE In January 2008, the following post was identified as the 3rd all-time most popular post with readers of this blog. The 4th most-read post was one in a series of posts cataloguing an online debate about baptism and church membership among theological heavyweights, including John Piper, Sam Storms, Wayne Grudem, and Mark Dever, among others.This third-ranked post represents the first in my series of interviews with Christian leaders. I had no idea back in 2005 where the blogging journey … [Read more...]

ESV: assisted by God

To what extent was the translation of the ESV Bible one consciously assisted by prayer and the Holy Spirit? How conscious of his work in illuminating and guiding our understanding of God's Word were you in working together on this translation? <!-- D(["mb","rnrnWatchrnVern Poythress respond (Windows Media format).",1] ); D(["mb","rnrnThe question is, what role did prayer and ourrndependence on God have in the process of working on the ESV translation? Irnthink it had a very … [Read more...]

Gender and translation: getting out of my depth……

Help! I seem to have opened a can of worms with my post on gender and translation. Dave Warnock is keen to point out his own position and links to a pdf which is very critical of Wayne Grudem's views on this subject. I presume that the article David quotes was written in response to a book-length treatment of gender and bible translations posted at the CBMW website. This book seems to address in great detail many of these issues, and was written by Wayne Grudem and Vern Poythress- two names … [Read more...]

ESV: original language experts- we all need them!

It is possible that a generation of preachers may grow up relying on the great translation work of the ESV and other translations and preaching from the English Bible with infrequent reference even in preparation to the original languages? Would such a situation be less or more problematic for the church than people with the little knowledge that is often described as a dangerous thing attempting to revise Bible translations themselves? How important is it in your view for every preacher to … [Read more...]

ESV: arguing with translations whilst preaching

It is possible that a generation of preachers may grow up relying on the great translation work of the ESV and other translations and preaching from the English Bible with infrequent reference even in preparation to the original languages? Would such a situation be less or more problematic for the church than people with the little knowledge that is often described as a dangerous thing attempting to revise Bible translations themselves? How important is it in your view for every preacher to … [Read more...]

Gender-inclusive language: bible version rankings

Wayne Leman was posting about gender-inclusive bible translation at the same time I was. Wayne's post is interesting as it seems to confirm that the ESV is itself more gender-inclusive than the NIV (although less so than the TNIV). I think that we should be careful not to polarise this debate as it would seem to me at least that there is a real debate between genuine people about how some of these verses should be translated. So far I havent really seen any evidence for the conspiracy … [Read more...]

Bible translation and gender: whats all the heat about? (Matt 10:24, Ro 3:28)

Last week Dave Warnock brought up Matthew 10:24. Unlike most other translations, the TNIV translates this verse as follows-"Students are not above their teacher, nor servants above their master."Dave prefers this translation as it is more inclusive of women than other translations, but asks what the original Greek says. Wanting to obligue my fellow Brit and bearer of a common surname, I have been waiting for a chance to get my libronix software out to answer his question whilst hoping someone … [Read more...]

ESV: its all Greek to me!

It is possible that a generation of preachers may grow up relying on the great translation work of the ESV and other translations and preaching from the English Bible with infrequent reference even in preparation to the original languages? Would such a situation be less or more problematic for the church than people with the little knowledge that is often described as a dangerous thing attempting to revise Bible translations themselves? How important is it in your view for every preacher to … [Read more...]

ESV: don't throw out your commentaries!

There seems to be a conscious effort to incorporate the views of modern evangelical scholars in the ESV often a commentator's alternate reading correcting one of the previous translations proves itself to be reproduced almost exactly in the ESV. Were modern evangelical commentaries consulted in the production of the ESV, and is it fair to say that the need to use a commentary to check the actual meaning of a passage is reduced by using a translation such as the ESV? Would it worry you if the ESV … [Read more...]

ESV: Are commentaries less necessary with the ESV?

There seems to be a conscious effort to incorporate the views of modern evangelical scholars in the ESV often a commentator's alternate reading correcting one of the previous translations proves itself to be reproduced almost exactly in the ESV. Were modern evangelical commentaries consulted in the production of the ESV, and is it fair to say that the need to use a commentary to check the actual meaning of a passage is reduced by using a translation such as the ESV? Would it worry you if the … [Read more...]


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