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ESV Outreach New Testament-Softcover [Paperback]

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Item description for ESV Outreach New Testament-Softcover by Crossway Bibles...

This paperback edition of the ESV New Testament is a handy and affordable New Testament for personal use and for bulk distribution. Its size makes it suitable for regular Bible readers, and its extra features and content will help newcomers discover the Bible for themselves and understand it better.

Publishers Description

The ESV Outreach New Testament allows individuals and churches to put a life-changing portion of God's Word into a multitude of hands at holiday events, neighborhood get-togethers, and ministry functions. Between its affordability, readability, compact size, and user-friendly bonus features--such as How to Read the New Testament, Where to Find Help, and two different reading plans--this New Testament is perfect for personal distribution or community outreaches. Size: 5.25" x 8.25" 240 pages 8-point type Double-column, paragraph format Black letter text New Testament Reading Plan Helpful features

Awards and Recognitions
ESV Outreach New Testament-Softcover by Crossway Bibles has received the following awards and recognitions -

  • Christian Retailing's Best - 2007 Finalist - Bibles (General) category

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Crossway Bibles
Pages   222
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.22" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.3"
Weight:   0.25 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2006
Publisher   Crossway Books/Good News
ISBN  1581348355  
ISBN13  9781581348354  

Bible Binding: Paper, Flush Cut
Color: Full Color
Point/Type Size: 8.00
Version: ESV
Introduction: Yes - Features Introduction!

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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.

Crossway Bibles has published or released items in the following series...
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  2. Proclaiming the Gospel

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A Joy to Read  Dec 29, 2007
I absolutely disagree with the cavils against this New Testament, although what I like about it may be the same things others don't. Here's why. First, the cover. I like the cover because the "sickly green" reminds me of the camo covers often put on Bibles sent to troops for outreach. It's very sparse, and in my opinion, some other designs are overdone.

Once you crack the cover, what do you get in this very inexpensive NT? Newsprint pages, which again I like. You can read them outside with no glare and they don't fall out. The book and cover also flexes and is nicely laid out. What about the helps? There is no "Four Spiritual Laws" ala Campus Crusade for Christ or "Steps to Peace with God" courtesy of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, graphically presenting the "Plan of Salvation". In the back, however, there is a brief invitation, I think I would call it, with a version of what is known as the "sinner's prayer". Thus the "Outreach" part of the name.

What of the translation? The ESV is actually a slight revision of the RSV, certainly the best of modern translations. If you're not absolutely stuck on the KJV, try this ESV. The argument that it's from the RSV and not the Greek is no argument, because the KJV is not from the Greek either: it was from five English translations. Presumably, of course, they were from the Greek, as was the RSV.

So how can Crossway copyright the ESV? The same way the NIV and other translations are copyrighted. To do so, they must change at least 15 per cent. This could simply mean messing with a good translation. What Crossway did instead was to add their own notes and subject headings and footnotes as an integral part of the text. Unbelievably, the good news is you get the RSV. So get rid of your NIV, and certainly get rid of the Message. Rejoice in the streets: the RSV is here for everyone.

Obviously, this ESV is directed towards the Protestant end of Christendom, although I realize many would not use that term. I'm using it to mean "non-Catholic", although it's still misleading,. Ignatius Press has produced a version of the RSV on the Catholic side. They've done so by changing a few words, with permission from the Vatican, to reflect the Catholic Mass. The most obvious is chalice for cup. But cup is an English word anyway, not a Greek one, and the meaning is clear.

I would like to hail a third translation, unfortunately known simply as the New Testament translated by Richmond Lattimore (no version name). He was a late Greek scholar and translator who also used the RSV as well as working from the Greek. Anyone who wonders what the Greek actually says may delve into an Interlinear Greek/ English New Testament, which prints the Greek and under it the English translation of the word, usually in the Nestle translation. In the margin is a well known English translation. One may choose KJV, NIV, RSV and other versions for the margin version.

For years, "award" Bibles were RSV and they were standard pew Bibles in many churches. In my opinion, however, the notes in the ESV and Ignatius RSV are more helpful than in those early versions which, for instance, translated a number of words as "Lord" and lost some of the nuances of the Greek. While the KJV is justly hailed as an outstanding work of English literature, readers will find the RSV also beautiful in its own way. For one thing, it's easy to memorize long passages because Paul's letters actually flow like letters. The secret is out. At last, a great translation that will open the Word to the entire Enligish speaking world, and that is a joy to read.
You Can't Tell a Book by Its Cover  Sep 1, 2007
I love the ESV translation of the New Testament. I only wish Crossways Bibles would give us an edition of the New Testament by itself that is worthy of Christianity's core document.

I realize this "outreach" edition was meant to be cheap, but the poor quality paper, narrow margins, small print, and sickly yellow-green cover make for a book that is not inviting to read. Therefore, I don't think this edition really achieves its purpose of making the New Testament accessible and attractive to non-Christians.

I like the idea of the "Six-month New Testament Reading Plan" in the back, but I don't like the unimaginative way it is arranged. First-time readers of the NT shouldn't, in my opinion, read the NT books in their traditional order.

I do like the section "About the ESV Bible" and wish every translation had such an explanation of its philosophy of translation. I would prefer that the section "God's Plan to Save You" be dropped since the NT itself presents God's plan to save you and doesn't need additional commentary.

Please, Crossway Bibles, give us a beautiful edition of the ESV New Testament that will lie open of its own accord and be easy on the eyes.

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