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ESV "Permanent" Text? Not so much.


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#1 Brett K.

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Posted Yesterday, 01:14 PM

Just some info for those who keep up with ESV updates. Crossway originally said the 2016 would be the "permanent text edition". Today they changed their mind.

https://www.crossway...esv-bible-text/


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Posted Yesterday, 07:35 PM

Glad they rectified this. I would love to know what they were thinking.



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Posted Yesterday, 08:09 PM

I contacted them today to get more info. Their initial plan was to make the 2016 edition "permanent" meaning "unchanged throughout the life of the copyright, in perpetuity." Their goal was KJV-like stability. People did not like that and let them know.

Today they withdrew that plan and said there would be updates, but they would be "minimal and infrequent". I asked for clarification and they said their goal remains "stabilizing" the text as much as possible and making minor updates as infrequently as possible. They couldn't give an exact time frame, but said they did not plan to follow the five-year update schedule they've been on.

I found in discussing it with others that most prefer something like the NASB update schedule--on the order of decades. So the next ESV update will be at least five years away but probably more like ten to twenty. It worked for the RSV and NASB so maybe it will work for them.

The least popular option is for them to continue releasing updates every few years, and it appears they have no intention to continue down that path.


Edited by Brett K., Yesterday, 08:10 PM.


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Posted Yesterday, 08:18 PM

I am not saying the NRSV is perfect but am happy enough not to have many different versions of it...

 

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Posted Yesterday, 08:37 PM

Kind of like the KJV, Wycliffe, Geneva, Tyndale, Bishop's, Douay, etc. :)


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