Hey guys. Last week at our state of the church I mentioned that I have been flirting for the past 2 years with switching from a New American Standard Bible (NASB) to an English Standard Version (ESV). I made the switch personally this past Spring and we’re making it what we teach from at Crew this Fall. The major reason I switched is that I want the most literal translation of the Bible into English from the original languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek). The NASB has been this for years and still is as accurate, but it’s reading, especially in the poetic sections, is a little stiff and rough. The ESV captures all of the accuracy of the NASB translation but is much more fluid and readable.
I’ve been asked what Bible people should buy and many of the current Bible teachers and authors that I respect these days are really pushing the new ESV Study Bible coming out Oct. 13th. It looks very good and I’m planning on buying it and I urge you to as well. Especially if you don’t own an ESV to study and read from.
Ok, now that you’re going to buy it. Read it! Everyday. I’m asked a lot what books I think people should read. I’ll elaborate more if you ask me in the comment section. But here’s the first answer I always give: if you haven’t read the Bible (all of it) then do that first. Read no other book, until you’ve read the Bible. It will change how we read every other book and it is the best book.
Hope this helps get you rollin’.