Maybe the ESV was just a marketing ploy after all?

I am free to make such statements because I do not review for Crossway… shucks, I would be honest anyway. The ESV is, in my opinion, a needless translation only because a few Evangelicals decided that they couldn’t hand the RSV and didn’t want the KJV. It is, in my opinion, a marketing ploy… but with that said, I do like the ESV Study Bible.

Are you aware that the ESV continues to evolve? When will it grow up? I was sent the link below by a friend today and it troubles me. The document lists nearly 300 changes and this group is only one in a series of revisions that have appeared (quietly) since its publication over a decade ago.

DrIBEX Ideas / When Will the ESV Cease Evolving?.

More at the link.

Now, maybe this doesn’t bother anyone, but with all the time which John Piper spends glorifying the ESV, one would think that it was already the perfect translation?

Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

6 thoughts on “Maybe the ESV was just a marketing ploy after all?

  1. How about the God fearing man in Zambia who ONLY has his imperfect translation into Bemba?
    It just kind of seems silly to argue over the quality of translations when the Bemba church has no issues with their xlation and they love and worship Jesus Christ just fine. Just sayin’ 😉

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