A Video Introduction to the ESV Reader’s Bible

ESV Reader’s Bible from Crossway on Vimeo.

Crossway has posted a short video introducing the ESV Reader’s Bible, which I reviewed last week. There’s a lot of excitement about this edition, including from circles not usually interested in Bible design. Perhaps we’re going to see a breakthrough and this verse-less paragraphed edition will become more mainstream. I plan to share more thoughts on the ESV Reader’s Bible now that I’ve been using it for awhile. Stay tuned for that, and in the meantime, enjoy the video.

10 Comments on “A Video Introduction to the ESV Reader’s Bible

  1. Great video Crossway! Gives a solid sense of the size of the book.
    I’ll be ordering one of these along with The Psalms and the Pocket NT.
    Some really great strides are being made here.

  2. I have one friend that shares my interest in Bible design and quality editions. Usually when we talk about it with our other friends they are not overly interested. However, when I show them photos of the Reader’s Bible they perk up and say that it’s a good idea.

    Also, when most people see the price of an Allen, Cambridge, or Schuyler Bible they get sticker shock. But at $22, the Reader’s Bible is within reach of anyone who’s looking to buy a Bible. I hope that Crossway prints a zillion of these and promote them to death.

  3. Does the ESV Reader’s bible contain the translator’s footnotes anywhere? I believe even the ‘Books of the Bible’ has the translator’s footnotes at the end of each book. Thanks,

    • Ted: No, the text doesn’t include the translator’s footnotes anywhere. The publisher includes the following footnote in the introduction and user’s guide:

      “Readers who wish to view the textual footnotes or other material that has been omitted from the ESV Reader’s Bible may access the entire ESV Bible for free at http://www.esvbible.org.”

  4. Although the NIV is my preferred reading translation and the translation our church uses, I have ordered this Bible in hard back simply because it is a design I’ve always wanted. I was telling my wife the other week that I really wanted a bible that had the appearance and feel of a novel. Thanks Crossway!

  5. Thanks, Erik, for the info about the loss of the translator’s notes. That’s the one thing I don’t like about this edition. The translator’s notes are part of the translation and should not be allowed to be unattached from it. The notes are there to help the reader and contain information much too valuable to be tossed aside. Weights, measures and monetary units are now rendered meaningless without the footnotes to explain them.

  6. I totally agree with you Ted about the translator’s notes. It may not be a dealbreaker for me in getting the ESV Readers, but still, I have to wonder if it defeats the purpose a bit (for me anyway) of reading through the bible without distractions, yet not being able to fully comprehend literal meanings, language idioms, and possible other nuances we as westerners would not be able to catch from a completely different time, culture, etc. For me, I prefer to have the notes handy on the page to refer to easily and quickly as I’m reading along. If I wait to look it up later, I know I’ll forget. However, as I say, this is such a unique edition that it may not prevent me from purchasing it.

    • This is an edition I’ve been waiting for and advocating for. I already have a dozen Bibles with footnotes, including three ESVs. I just want to read it without being reminded on every page that brethren includes sisteren, slave includes bondservants, and that other manuscripts have variant wording.

      If I want to study, I have a Bible for that. I am tired of having to read a paraphrase like Phillips or The Message just to read without speedbumps. Yes, every word of The Word is vitally important, but so is the flow. Now I can have an excellent translation in this format.

      Ironically, in the time it has taken Crossway to make this edition available, I have fallen in love with the HCSB and want the same treatment of it. I have taken to copying the plaintext to my kindle one book at a time, for the lack of an official digital edition without speedbumps.

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