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Item description for ESV One Year Bible-SC by Crossway Bibles...
The best-selling One Year Bible, which helps you read the entire Bible in as little as 15 minutes a day, has been updated in a new look and comes in this new, convenient compact size. The One Year Bible divides God's Word into daily readings from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs, creating an achievable, unforgettable devotional experience.
Millions of people have discovered how to read through God's entire Word using The One Year Bible. You can too! This best-selling daily reading Bible divides the text into 365 sections, so you can read through the entire Bible in one unforgettable year in as little as 15 minutes a day!
Convenience: No other "through the Bible" plan presents the entire Bible in such a user friendly format.
Unique Design: Each 15-minute daily reading includes a portion from the Old Testament, the New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs. The simple, attractive layout makes it easy to use.
Highlighted Scriptures: Each day's reading contains a highlighted passage to help focus on a key verse every day.
Variety of Applications: The One Year Bible is ideal for personal devotions and instructional reading. It is also perfect for family Bible reading with children of all ages.
Begin your unforgettable journey today! Take the first step by reading The One Year Bible from cover to cover and see how God's Word comes alive in your life. You'll never be the same.
English Standard Version
9 point Text
Convenient, portable size: 5 1/4" x 8" x 1 1/4"
Millions of people have benefited from reading through the whole Bible by using The One Year(R)Bible. This best-selling daily reading Bible is now available in the ESV translation. It divides the text into 365 segments (from the Old and New Testaments, Psalms, and Proverbs each day), so you can read through the entire Bible in one year, in as little as 15 minutes a day.5.25" x 8"10-point type hardcover & 9-point type paperback1,712 pages hardcover & 1,408 pages paperback365 daily readings, each including a selection from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs
Citations And Professional Reviews ESV One Year Bible-SC by Crossway Bibles has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Christian Advance - 09/01/2005 page 36
Ingram Advance - 09/01/2005 page 113
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Studio: Crossway Bibles
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8" Width: 5.4" Height: 1.4" Weight: 1.75 lbs.
Release Date Oct 5, 2005
Publisher Crossway Books/Good News
ISBN 1581347081 ISBN13 9781581347081
Bible Binding: Paper, Flush Cut Color: Full Color Point/Type Size: 9.00 Version: ESV
Availability 0 units.
More About Crossway Bibles
Good News Publishers is the parent company of Crossway Books, a publisher of evangelical Christian books and Bibles. Good News Publishers is a not-for-profit Christian ministry that publishes and distributes gospel tracts. Good News/Crossway is headquartered in Wheaton, Illinois. Currently, Good News mainly publishes tracts and small booklets for use in evangelistic work while Crossway concentrates on producing Bibles and books by well-known authors.
Good News/Crossway's best known publication is the English Standard Version of the Bible, originally issued in 2001. As of June 2011 the ESV ranked as the fifth best-selling Bible translation by the Christian Booksellers Association.
Crossway also publishes books by such Christian writers as John MacArthur, John Piper, Kevin DeYoung, William Lane Craig, and D.A. Carson, and is issuing a major commentary series edited by R.C. Sproul titled the St. Andrews Expositional Commentary.
Popular tracts distributed by Good News Publishers include "Steps to Peace With God" by Billy Graham and "3:16" by Max Lucado.
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Reviews - What do customers think about ESV One Year Bible-SC?
Satisfied May 3, 2008
The most helpful through-the-Bible-in-a-year Bible format I've found. Previous versions of the one year Bible removed the verse numbers from the verses from Proverbs, this one does not. Highly recommend as a devotional reading Bible. I prefer the NASB as a study Bible.
Truly Enjoy The ES Version of the One-Year Bible Mar 30, 2007
The English Standard Version is easy to read and understand. I read through a one-year Bible in the past and gave my copy away. I decided it was time to read through the Bible in a year using the daily readings already delineated by date, so I chose the ESV One Year Bible and have not been disappointed at all. I look forward to my daily readings and highly recommend this version and this format as a way for anyone who has never read through the Bible to do so in a year's time. No need to wait until January 1 - you can start on any day of year.
ESV One Year Bible Feb 20, 2007
Let me break this review into two parts.
1) ESV version of the OYB (One Year Bible).
The ESV follows a literal approach to translation. Yet unlike all the other 'literal' versions I have read and studied, this one is smooth. It sounds like regular english, and does not sound like a translation. This makes it good for reading in public, private AND for bible study.
Comparing to other popular versions, the ESV shines through as superior in my mind. For example, it consistently translates phrases that are meant to form a grammatical structure (Romans 1:17, 18 and 3:21) in a way that the English reader who doesn't read the original tongue can see language forms as the Greek reader might have seen them.
When there are several options of meaning for a phrase, the ESV tends to choose an English translation that leaves the same or as many of the same options as possible open to the reader. As an example, the NIV often will choose one option, thereby eliminating the other options. In Philippians 2:1 we see the Greek phrase 'Ev Xpistw' translated into the NIV as 'from being united with Christ'...which is one potential meaning. However, the ESV's 'in Christ' is more accurate leaving the reader to figure out what it means...as the Greek reader had to do.
In Luke 9:31 we have a Greek phrase that should be translated as 'accomplish'...and the NLT translates it as passive. Often when I am preparing a sermon I will check 8 to 10 translations against the Greek for a NT passage (I don't know Hebrew). What I have found is that the ESV is a tried and true version that is superior to all the other popular versions on the market. Scholars, pastors and Christians of all persuasions are discovering this.
So of all the OYB's on the market, this is the one I recommend as the finest.
2) Now on the OYB reading format. I think many American Christians seem to lack discipline. The book of Proverbs was written in part to teach us discipline. Every day a little bit of Proverbs is added into the reading. This is good. I think there is so much momentum out there with so many churches using this format, that it makes great sense to use this. It isn't hard to synchronize a sermon series with this bible. If the readings don't match perfectly, and sometimes they won't, it is not a problem for most situations.
The amount of reading per day is also not too heavy.
In ancient times the church seems to have read through the bible once every three years. The one thing I would ask you to consider, if you are pastor, is to try to synchronize your sermons with a reading plan for your congregation. If they are reading what you are preaching from, they will learn more, and be more excited about what you are saying.
I hope this review has helped. My bottom line is that I recommend this particular OYB over all the others. Get it if you can.
Rigorous Serendipity Dec 3, 2006
A common problem among contemporary Christians (at least in America) is that we ignore the old testament. While some of its material may be difficult to understand or not immediately applicable in contemporary life, it is imperative that we study the OT because without it we cannot hope to understand the NT. That is because the foundation for all that Christ came to do - reconciling a sinful people to a holy God - was laid very carefully over many years in the OT. Thus the OT interprets the NT, just as the NT makes clear the OT.
This is background for what I consider to be the most compelling reason to use this one-year bible. I have used this one year bible for several years. It goes straight through the OT histories and prophecies while simultaneously plowing straight through the NT gospels and epistles; in addition, it traverses the proverbs once and the psalms twice. While I would recommend it to anyone who either needs help to sustain a regular bible study discipline or who is merely looking for a bible reading plan to supplement other studies, nevertheless I think its greatest value lies in seeing the OT alongside the NT. I have read other reviews that regard this reading plan as too arbitrary - ie, not connected to the historical chronology, etc... But I have noticed too many instances where the NT reading corresponds in one way or another with the OT to consider the relationship as arbitrary. Of course it's not possible in this format for every reading to correspond exactly; instead, I would argue that it sets up a sort of rigorous serendipity, whereby the reader can see more and more connections between OT and NT and forge a deeper appreciation for the complex intertwinings of old and new and of God's masterful providence through history in bringing a great gospel to this world.
I would also recommend the English Standard Version (ESV) translation. The two basic paradigms of biblical translation are word-for-word (ESV) and thought-for-thought (NIV). The problem with the thought-for-thought paradigm is that the layer of interpretation between the source text and the reader is necessarily deeper. It is basically a question of precision; while the NIV is a good translation, the ESV is more precise because it's zoomed in to a finer grain of detail.
I give it a 4 because, even though I like it for the above reasons, there's nothing graphically compelling about the composition or layout of the book; it could have been published as a separate and portable reading plan rather than as a reorganized bible which competes with your normal bible; and there are other reading plans that are just as good for different reasons.
If you're new to the bible, you may want to consider a normal bible, or even perhaps a study bible. Of course there is value in reading old and new testaments side-by-side, and in reading the whole of the scriptures in one year; and of course God is always present in his word to those who have ears to hear it; nevertheless, chapter and verse go by so quickly in the one-year format so that if you're not already familiar with the lay of the land, so to speak, then it can be quite bewildering and even discouraging when you've just begun.
Enjoy the journey. The goal will take care of itself. May 31, 2006
The ESV is a wonderful English translation to read and study. I've been using this One Year Bible arrangement for daily reading since the beginning of this year. I have some reservations about the format. The OYB takes you through the Old Testament and New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs in parallel. A selection from each is given for each day of the year that takes you through the whole Bible (Psalms twice) in one year. Each parallel track of readings is presented in the order in which they appear in a standard Protestant Bible. I have used other daily Bible reading plans before and I think they have advantages over the OYB:
1) A supplemental reading plan lets you use your regular Bible. Since the readings in the OYB are not arranged in the standard order, it can't easily be used for any other purpose than following its order of daily readings. I think it's important to get familiar with the Bible in its standard format because that is what is assumed for every other use. Most reading plans that supplement the text (instead of rearrange it the way the OYB does) fit in a slim volume that isn't difficult to carry around with your regular Bible.
2) You can find reading plans that add more value than the order specified by the OYB. The main goal of the OYB just seems to be to get you through it in a year reading something from each of the 4 tracks each day. This is OK, but other plans are more sensitive to the church calendar or will take you through the Bible in a more chronological order. To me those methods seem more valuable for a daily reading plan.
3) The OYB assigns readings for each date in the year. This sets the pace pressures you to "catch up" if you miss a day or two. Why be in a hurry if you can't read all the assigned passages in one day?
The binding of the 2002 paperback edition is good and the text is easy to read, but the cover has a thin plastic skin on it that came loose after a few weeks of use and peeled off like a bad sunburn. The surface underneath is a little sticky. Hopefully they've fixed that with this edition.
I think I'll finish out the year with this Bible, but next year it's back to something else.