Daily Archives: 11/22/2006

English Standard Version (ESV)

Ted Armstrong posted on a recent comment that he prefered the English Standard Version translation of the bible.

I really hadn’t had much exposure to this translation and decided to check it out.

I’ve really only used the King James Version, New King James Version, NASB, and NIV versions. Of these the King James and New King James are my favorites. For generally reading the NIV is nice.

The latest statistics (September, 2006) show the following bible sales:

1 New International Version various publishers
2 New King James Version various publishers
3 King James Version various publishers
4 New Living Translation Tyndale
5 English Standard Version Crossway
6 Reina Valera 1960 (Spanish) various publishers
7 Holman Christian Standard Bible B&H Publishing Group
8 New American Standard Bible update various publishers
9 The Message Eugene Peterson, NavPress
10 New International Readers Version Zondervan

As you can see the NIV and New KJV lead the way. There’s no surprise there as both are very popular. I’ve seen the New Living Translation (#4) before and am not that impressed with it.

However, #5, is Ted’s favorite – the ESV.

From the ESV website:

How is the ESV Different from Other Translations?
All Bible translations seek to faithfully communicate God’s Word. But, depending on translation philosophy and purpose, significant differences are evident when comparing Bible translations.

There are two main kinds of Bible translations. The first is commonly referred to as (1) ‘word-for-word’ (or ‘formal equivalence’) translation, the second as (2) ‘thought-for-thought’ (or ‘dynamic equivalence’) translation. The main difference between these two translation philosophies is that the first one places the primary emphasis on what the words of the original say and mean (in their context), while the second one places the primary emphasis on the main thought or idea in the phrases of the original.

As an ‘essentially literal’ translation, the ESV is committed to the principle of ‘word-for’word’ translation, as the translation philosophy that most accurately conveys the Bible’s own understanding that ‘all Scripture is breathed out by God’ (2 Timothy 3:16), or as Jesus said, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God’ (Matthew 4:4).

Bible College In 2007

ArlingtonComplex.jpgI have decided to enroll at Arlington Bible College in Baltimore County, Maryland, for the Spring 2007 Semester.

Over the years, I have often thought about studying the bible. I had looked at various home study (correspondence) courses, some on-line (internet) course, and the more on-site traditional setting. While I could do the correspondence and/or internet courses, I didn’t want to go that route. I felt I needed a more traditional setting in a classroom with interaction and give and take.

Prices on various types of study varied from low ($40 per semester) to very high ($200 per credit hour).

Arlington Bible College offers a traditional classroom setting at a very reasonable price ($97 per 3 credit course). The cost of $97 per 3 credit course also INCLUDES the textbook.

They are a full degree granting college which satisfies all of the criteria established by the State of Maryland for the status of a religious degree granting college. As such, they must constantly requalify to keep their accreditation.

They currently offer:

A. A one-year Certificate in Bible (30 credit hours)
B. A two-year Associates in Arts (A.A.) degree (60 credit hours)
C. A Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Biblical Studies (126 credit hours).

If a study has a Bachelors, Masters or Doctorate degree, he also can earn a B.A. in Biblical Studies by completing 16 Biblical Studies course (48 credit hours).

A student must sucessfully complete 6 courses, either at this college or accepted by the registrar with an acceptable certified transcript:

New Testament Survey
Old Testament Survey
Foundation Truths
Principles of biblical Interpretation
English Grammar & Composition I
English Grammar & Composition II

On Monday, I went to the college and spent about 45 minutes taking to Donald Brooks, Dean of Arlington Bible College. He advised that because I already had a B.A., I didn’t need to take the two English Grammar & Composition course. Therefore, I only had to take the first four courses cited above and any other twelve courses offered.

Of special interest is the fact that Arlington Bible College regularly offers Independant Study courses each semester.

Courses are held on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings from 6:15 to 9:15 PM, with a brief break for chapel.

The schedule for the Spring, 2007 semester is:

Church History 2
Foundational Truths
Pauline Epistles 1 (or) How We Got The Bible (The ‘or’ means that only one of these course will be taught, depending on the number of students registered.)

Philosophy of Christian Life
Book of Hebrews (or) Book of Acts
Major Prophets (or) Minor Prophets
Principles of Biblical Interpretation

Old Testament Survey
Book of Leviticus
Book of Romans
Introduction to Missions
Theology 3 (Angelology & Ecclesiology
Hebrew 2 (or) Greek 1

Spiritual Leadership
Book of Matthew
Introduction to Missions
1 & 2 Samuel / 1 Chronicles

More on Arlington Bible College tomorrow.