Why we are reading the ESV
Since this blog began (more than 1000 posts ago), I have posted several invitations for those who use the ESV to state
Some reasonable answers have been suggested in comments to my preceding post to explain why the ESV won in our poll. They included that the ESV, along with the TNIV, are the "new kids on the block," so there is a natural curiosity about them. I know that feeling. I like to spend time reading a new English Bible to discover what kind of a translation it is.
If you were one of those who answered that you would wanted to read the ESV through during 2006, please comment on this post explaining why you have chosen the ESV, rather than some other version, to read.
I would like to understand the poll results better.
So, this is your turn. I'll suggest some possible answers just to stimulate your thinking, but I won't limit the possible answers for you in another poll. You can word your answers as you please in comments to this post. Here are just some ideas. There are many more.
Do you read the ESV because you have discovered it to be the most scholarly reliable of all the English versions?
Do you read it because your knowledge of Biblical Hebrew and Greek leads you to conclude that the ESV is the most accurate English translation?
Are you reading the ESV this year out of curiosity because it is a new translation?
Are you reading the ESV because some preacher that you respect has recommended the ESV?
Are you reading the ESV because it has wordings which are familiar to you from some Bible version you have used much in the past?
Are you reading the ESV to try to understand why I and some other BBB bloggers don't care for its English, even though the ESV publisher says it has high quality literary English?
Now let's everybody be fair to each other here. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and we need to respect that. Let's try to have this be a safe place for people to express their opinions.