12/30/05

English Standard Version: Best Bible Translation Ever?

Well, I cannot speak to that, since I have only read in a few (mostly English) translations. But I am pretty sure that it is one of the best English-language translations I have come across.

The ESV is an update of the 1952 Revised Standard Version (RSV). It is more literal than either the New International Version (NIV) or the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV). It is much more readable than the New American Standard Bible (NASB) or the King James (Authorized) Version (KJV/AV). And (with the exception of the KJV) it is prettier, more dignified English than the lot of them. If Bible transaltions are weighed by readability, literal translation, and literary beauty then the ESV is probably the best that contemporary English affords at the moment.

John Piper, prominent evangelical preacher (and Calvinist), hopes that it becomes the standard Bible for the English-speaking world, and though I may disagree with Piper on some other things (i.e. Calvinist), I can whole-heartedly agree with him on that point.
http://www.desiringgod.org/library/topics/word_god/esv.html

read other endorsements here:
http://www.esv.org/about/endorsements

Check out the ESV website at which you can read the text, look at translation comparisons, purchase a new Bible, or learn more about it: http://www.esv.org/

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4 Comments:

Blogger bornagain said...

Says who?

5:54 PM, December 30, 2005  
Blogger Michael Davis said...

The ESV is pretty good! I like the ISV too. Although it's still in development you can download it free. Very readable and very true to the Greek and Hebrew.

http://www.isv.org/index.htm

The God's Word translation is not to shabby either:
http://www.godsword.org

Michael
http://www.thebookofdavis.blogspot.com/

5:58 PM, December 30, 2005  
Blogger Daniel McLain Hixon said...

haha, says ME (since I am the one writing and posting the on the blog)! and those other folks who endorsed it...

5:58 PM, December 30, 2005  
Blogger Stephen said...

Check out Asbury prof. Ben Wittherington's dis of the ESV. Too much bias he believes and says it carries over some of the innacuracies of the RSV translation.

IMHO: There is no best translation, only very good attempts. I believe the ESV was a vga (very good attempt), same with the NIV, TNIV, NRSV.

11:02 AM, February 27, 2006  

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