posted by HeavyDluxe at
It is good to have the Word of God easily available for outreach. But is the ESV a suitable version for such a wide audience of non-believers? See my post on this at the Better Bibles Blog.
By Peter Kirk, at 1:01 PM, September 02, 2006
Thanks for the comment and link, Peter.I think the ESV is a perfectly good translation for a couple reasons:1) The ESV is extremely good at reflecting the original text.2) The ESV is quite readable.3) The issue re: communicating God's word should always be one in which accuracy is key. If someone perfectly comprehends an incorrect message, we're not getting anywhere.Shifting gears, I do wish that Justin would note his connection with the ESV people in any ESV related posts. Having all the cards on the table reduces the risk of being labelled a shill for the house.I'm not trying to purposely laud the ESV as the end-all Bible translation by posting this link. However, I think making copies of the Bible available inexpensively is a great thing and I'd applaud any vendor who did so.I'm a recent, and somewhat begruding, convert to the ESV. I've switched for three reasons:1) The ESV is somewhat more readable than the NASB.2) The ESV gains that readability without sacrificing much in the way of literal accuracy.3) The alternatives (NLT, [T]NIV, NCV, etc) might be easier to read, but they are also taking interpretive liberties with the original text that I cannot support.So, I do think the ESV is the best version for non-believers... How about that!
By HeavyDluxe, at 3:38 PM, September 04, 2006
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