Calling all ESV enthusiasts
I have a question for ya...what's the big deal about the ESV? I don't mean to sound snippy, but all of a sudden everyone is talking about it as if it is THE translation of choice. Is it because they have a blog and handy website tools? Does it have anything to do with a Reformed theology slant? (I only ask that because the biggest voices talking about it are Reformed guys, and I know they have a Reformed version as well.)I responded to Joe:
Wow, Joe, I have been wondering the same thing you have. I think it would be better for some ESV proponents to answer that question. Until then, I think part of the issue is an ideological one, the ESV was born out of frustration with the direction that the NIV team was taking with gender-inclusive language, and, also, a growing (or continuing) belief among some Bible scholars (and users) that the best Bible is one that is "essentially literal." It was felt that the popular NIV was not literal enough, although, from my perspective it is clearly in the Formal Equivalence camp. Well, let's hear from those who have been promoting the ESV on their blogs and elsewhere. They can tell us what it is about the ESV that they find so satisfying.Well, enough speculation on my part. Let's hear from enthusiastic ESV users. If you can think of specific examples from the ESV that would illustrate why you are enthusiastic about it, that would be nice to hear about, but if you can't, that's fine also.
Stop the presses! Just before I hit the "Publish Post" button, my RSSReader notified me that another blog, Bible Archive, has just asked the same question. So, maybe ESV enthusiasts should cross-post their answers to both blogs. Or at least readers of each blog should check for answers on the other blog.
Categories: Bible translation, ESV