Good News Publishers

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Good News Publishers
  • 1938
FounderClyde and Muriel Dennis
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationWheaton, Illinois
Publication typesESV Bibles, books, tracts

Good News Publishers, now known by its publishing ministry Crossway, is an evangelical Christian not-for-profit organization headquartered in Wheaton, Illinois.[1] Clyde and Muriel Dennis founded Good News Publishers in 1938, working out of their home in Minneapolis, Minnesota.[2]

Crossway is best known for publishing the English Standard Version (ESV) translation of the Bible. It also publishes a range of evangelical Christian books and tracts. Lexham Press academic editor Mark Ward has praised Crossway for its continuous commitment to technological innovation in publishing the ESV online.[3]


In 1979, Good News Publishers expanded its reach by creating a book publishing division, Crossway Books.[2] Under the leadership of Lane T. Dennis—Clyde and Muriel's son—Crossway claims to have published more than 1,500 titles, including books "by Francis A. Schaeffer, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, John Piper, John MacArthur, Paul David Tripp, Jen Wilkin, J. I. Packer, Chuck Colson, Frank Peretti, Max Lucado, Joni Eareckson Tada, and D. A. Carson."

ESV Bible translation[edit]

In 2001, Crossway published the ESV translation of the Bible.[4] The ESV translation committee describes the ESV as a translation that is "essentially literal", following a "word-for-word" philosophy.[5] Derived from the 1971 text edition of the Revised Standard Version (RSV), the ESV places emphasis "on 'word-for-word' correspondence, at the same time taking account of differences in grammar, syntax, and idiom between current literary English and the original languages."

According to Crossway, the publishing team behind the ESV "has included more than a hundred people."[5] Crossway claims that "this hundred-plus-member team shares a common commitment to the truth of God’s Word and to historic Christian orthodoxy and is international in scope, including leaders in many denominations."

In 2008, Crossway published the ESV Study Bible (ESVSB).[6] The ESVSB was the first study Bible to win the Evangelical Christian Publisher's Association Book of the Year award.

In 2016, Crossway made headlines after announcing that the ESV text would be "unchanged forever, in perpetuity" as a "permanent text" edition.[7] After public discourse surrounding the policy, Crossway announced that it would reverse the decision.[8]


  1. ^ "Publishing". Crossway. Archived from the original on August 9, 2021. Retrieved August 9, 2021. Crossway, originally known as Good News Publishers ...
  2. ^ a b "History". Crossway. Archived from the original on June 7, 2021. Retrieved June 7, 2021.
  3. ^ Ward, Mark (June 14, 2010). "Why I Chose the ESV over the NASB". By Faith We Understand. Archived from the original on June 7, 2021. Retrieved June 7, 2021.
  4. ^ Carter, Joe (September 30, 2016). "9 Things You Should Know About the ESV Bible". The Gospel Coalition. Archived from the original on March 25, 2021. Retrieved June 7, 2021.
  5. ^ a b "Preface to the English Standard Version". Crossway. Archived from the original on June 7, 2021. Retrieved June 7, 2021.
  6. ^ Hodges, Sam (March 20, 2009). "'ESV Study Bible' wins Christian Book of the Year award". The Dallas Morning News. Archived from the original on June 7, 2021. Retrieved January 20, 2021.
  7. ^ Eekhoff Zylstra, Sarah (September 9, 2016). "After Tweaking 29 Verses, Bible Translation Becomes Unchanging Word of God". Christianity Today. Archived from the original on February 26, 2021. Retrieved June 7, 2021.
  8. ^ Weber, Jeremy (September 28, 2016). "Crossway Reverses Decision to Make ESV Bible Text Permanent". Christianity Today. Archived from the original on March 10, 2021. Retrieved June 7, 2021.

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