English Standard Version
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (November 2012)|
|English Standard Version|
|Full name:||English Standard Version|
|Complete Bible published:||2001 (revisions in 2007 and 2011); Apocrypha 2009|
|Derived from:||RSV—1971 Revision|
Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia with Septuagint influence.
Deutero./Apoc.: Göttingen Septuagint, Rahlf's Septuagint and Stuttgart Vulgate.
NT: 83% correspondence to Nestle-Aland Novum Testamentum Graece 27th edition.[verification needed]
|Translation type:||Formal Equivalence|
|Version revised:||2007, 2011|
|Copyright status:||Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a ministry of the Good News Publishers of Wheaton, IL; Apocrypha Copyright © 2009 by Oxford University Press.|
The English Standard Version (ESV) is an English translation of the Christian Bible. It is a revision of the 1971 edition of the Revised Standard Version. The translators' stated purpose was to follow an "essentially literal" translation philosophy.
Work on this translation was prompted, in the early 1990s, by what Dr. Lane T. Dennis stated was a need for a new literal translation by scholars and pastors. A translation committee was formed, and 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. About 6% was revised in the ESV.
Translation philosophy 
The stated intent of the translators was to follow an "essentially literal" translation philosophy while taking into account differences of grammar, syntax, and idiom between current literary English and the original languages.
The ESV underwent a minor revision in 2007. The publisher chose not to identify the updated text as a second or revised edition. It was intended to replace the original ESV under the original name. Another edition which changed about 500 words focused on grammar, consistency and clarity. The most notable verse change was "wounded for our transgressions" to "pierced for our transgressions" in Isaiah 53:5, matching the New American Standard Bible rendering. This edition was issued in April 2011. The 2007 edition has been gradually phased out in its favor.
The publisher cites the fact that the ESV "has been growing in popularity among students in biblical studies, mainline Christian scholars, clergy, and Evangelical Christians of all denominations."[this quote needs a citation] An edition of the ESV with the Biblical apocrypha was developed by Oxford University Press and published in January, 2009.[verification needed] The publisher's hope for this new edition with Apocrypha is that it will be used widely in seminaries and divinity schools where these books are used in academic study.[verification needed]
The books of the Protestant apocrypha are called the deuterocanonical books or anagignoskomena by Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox. They are not to be confused with writings called "apocrypha" by Catholics and Orthodox, such as 1 Enoch, 4 Esdras, the Martyrdom and Ascension of Isaiah. The ESV version is a revision of the Revised Standard Version 1977 Expanded Edition. The team translating the Apocrypha includes Bernard A. Taylor, David A. deSilva, and Dan McCartney, under the editorship of David Aiken.[verification needed] In the edition including these books, they are printed and arranged in the order of the RSV and NRSV Common Bibles.
The Oxford translating team relied on the Göttingen Septuagint for all of the Apocrypha except 4 Maccabees (relying there on Rahlf's Septuagint) and 2 Esdras (the Ancient Greek of which has not survived), which used the German Bible Society's 1983 edition Vulgate.
The ESV has been used as the text of a number of study Bibles, including the Scofield Study Bible III (an update and revision of the classic dispensational premillennialist Scofield Reference Bible), the Reformation Study Bible, the ESV Study Bible, the MacArthur Study Bible and The Lutheran Study Bible.
Mark L. Strauss, in a paper presented at the 2008 annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society has criticized the ESV for dated language and stated it is unsuited for mainstream use. He has defended gender-inclusive language in translation and claims the ESV uses similar gender-inclusive language. Strauss has also speculated that criticism against competing Bible translations to the ESV is contrived for marketing purposes. ESV translator Wayne Grudem has responded that while on occasion the ESV translates person or one where previous translations used man, it keeps gender-specific language and does not go as far as other translations. The ESV web site makes a similar statement. ESV translator William D. Mounce has called these arguments against the ESV ad hominem.
- Clontz (2008, Preface) ranks the English Standard Version in sixth place in a comparison of twenty-one translations, at 83% correspondence to the Nestle-Aland 27th ed.
- Rose Publishing 2006
- Stec 2004, p. 421
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- Crossway Staff 2006
- Strauss 2008
- Crossway Bibles 2011, p. VII
- Dennis 2011
- Oxford University Press 2009, p. 1177
- Oxford University Press 2012
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- Crossway Bibles (10 August 2010), The Macarthur Study Bible: English Standard Version, Good News Publisher, ISBN 978-1-4335-0400-6, retrieved 7 December 2012
- Concordia Publishing House (31 October 2009), The Lutheran Study Bible: English Standard Version, Concordia Publishing House, ISBN 978-0-7586-1760-6, retrieved 7 December 2012
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