I was blessed to get a copy of the new “ESV Journaling Bible” from FlyByPromotions. I think I have about 10 different bibles, but having one from every version, and one for different rooms, is what I love. You can never go wrong with too many bibles!! Like a friend of mine used to say “A bible that is falling apart, belongs to someone who’s life isn’t!” Isn’t that the truth?
I love to read different versions when I’m studying God’s Word. There are so many times that I’ll be reading and come upon a verse, that makes you stop and wonder exactly what it means. Having other versions lets you read it in multiple different ways, and put together what it truly stands for. Of course, there’s never any error in asking your Pastor or Bible Teacher about it, for their take on it, as well. It’s just best, in my opinion, to do your own research. I’ve found that you learn even more with reading another version, or concordance that delves deeper into the history behind it.
Now with this “ESV Journaling Bible“, it gives you something else that is useful. How many times have you been at church on Sunday, or having a study during the week, that you hear something about the story you are reading, and want to write down some notes? Then you look around, dig through your purse, look in the back cushion of the seat in front of you at church, and can’t find anywhere to write about it? Well, now, with this great bible, they’ve solved all of that. Take a look, here’s what it looks like:
Isn’t that amazing? Now you can just write your notes, or even about who you felt God wants you to share the verse with, or who to pray for. There are so many options!! I absolutely love how this is put together. There are sometimes that I buy journals for my friends at church, for their birthday, or Christmas. Now, I can just get them one of these, and know that they have the Word of God close to their heart, and the chance to write about what they are learning. I love it!
About the Bible:
The ESV Journaling Bible provides the perfect way for you to keep a journal of your spiritual life right inside the Bible that you read and study each day. With covers and formats that look like the finest journals, the Journaling Bible features two-inch ruled margins for writing observations, reflections, prayers, praises, notes, and journal entries. This unique Bible makes a great gift and lasting keepsake for anyone who values God’s Word.
- Black letter text
- Double-column, paragraph format
- Cream-colored paper
- 2″ ruled margins
- One-Year Bible Reading Plan
- Introductions and section headings for each Bible book
About the Version:
English Standard Version – History: The English Standard Version (ESV) is a revision of the 1971 edition of the Revised Standard Version. The first edition was published in 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. The ESV Study Bible, also published by Crossway Bibles, was published in October 2008. It uses the ESV translation and adds extensive notes and articles based on evangelical Christian scholarship. Under noted theologian J. I. Packer, who served as general editor, the translators sought and received permission from the National Council of Churches to use the 1971 edition of the RSV as the English textual basis for the ESV. Difficult passages were translated using the Masoretic Text of the Hebrew Bible, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and other original manuscripts.
English Standard Version – Translation Method: The stated intent of the translators was to produce a readable and accurate translation that stands in the tradition of Bible translations beginning with English religious reformer William Tyndale in 1525–26 and culminating in the King James Version of 1611. Examples of other translations in this genre are the Revised Version (1881–85), the American Standard Version (1901), and the Revised Standard Version (1946–1971). In their own words, they sought to follow a literal word-for-word translation philosophy. To that end, the translators sought as far as possible to capture the precise wording of the original text and the personal style of each Bible writer, while taking into account differences of grammar, syntax, and idiom between current literary English and the original languages. The result is a translation that is more literal than the New International Version, but more fluent and colloquial than the New American Standard Bible.
English Standard Version – Pro’s and Con’s: The English Standard Version receives complaints from both sides. Some say it is too literal. Others say it is too dynamic. Often, criticism from both sides of an argument indicates that something has achieved a good balance between the two.
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