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Why Our Church Switched to the ESV [Kindle Edition]

Kevin DeYoung
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A few years into his current pastoral role, Kevin DeYoung was faced with a church that needed to replace its well-worn pew Bibles. DeYoung wrote to his congregation, outlining seven reasons why he preferred the English Standard Version (ESV) and was proposing its adoption. Among his top reasons for switching to the ESV DeYoung noted its essentially literal translation philosophy, avoidance of over- and under-translation, consistency in translating important Greek and Hebrew words, and retention of important literary features.

DeYoung’s letter has been newly edited and put into booklet form. Sold individually or in packs of ten, Why Our Church Switched to the ESV is an excellent tool for pastors or lay leaders seeking to learn more about the English Standard Version. 

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 186 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway Books; Bklt edition (7 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #465,979 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful and honest 8 Nov. 2011
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This short work is a good example of the leadership of a pastor who is committed to the inspiration of Scripture and wants to use the best available resources to teach his people. Whether you agree with his conclusions is one thing, but his description of the process his church went through is very helpful. And I, for one, do agree with his conclusions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grateful for this little pamphlet 22 Sept. 2011
By H. Liu - Published on
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I am grateful that Kevin Deyoung has written this 31 page pamphlet, in which he humbly presents a case for why his church switched from the NIV to the ESV. Personally, I found it helpful and clear. Our youth ministry switched from the NIV to the ESV back in 2006. I remember making a presentation to our Senior Pastor, then explaining to our students why we are making the switch to ESV. I wish I had this pamphlet back then. The nature of this being a pamphlet makes it less intimidating for those in your congregation who don't like to read, and it's small enough to hand out to every member of your church.

DeYoung begins by sharing how his church switched from the NIV to the ESV. Then he offers seven helpful reasons as to why he preferred the ESV and why ultimately they made the switch:

1. The ESV employs an "essentially literal" translation philosophy

2. The ESV is a more transparent translation (which means the ESV leaves interpretive ambiguities unresolved, so that the reader can determine the most accurate meaning).

3. The ESV engages in less over translation (other dynamic translations tend to add extra interpretative words that aren't necessary)

4. The ESV engages in less under translation

5. The ESV does a better job of translating important Greek or Hebrew words with the same English word throughout a passage or book.

6. The ESV retains more of the literary qualities of the Bible

7. The ESV requires much less "correcting" in preaching

What I appreciate most is DeYoung's conclusion, which demonstrates his humility in approaching this issue. He writes: "I want to reiterate that the NIV is not a bad translation. It was not wrong for my church to use the NIV, or for me to preach from it. Churches will continue to grow using the NIV. The lost will still be saved through the NIV and Christians will be built up in the faith with the NIV. I don't want to tear down the NIV. I do, however, want to recommend the ESV..."

In summary, if you are considering the ESV translation, or desire to share with your congregation why the ESV is a preferable translation, I would recommend this little pamphlet.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy 25 Aug. 2011
By Soltaan - Published on
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There is absolutely no reason to buy this. It's nothing more than a 32-page pamphlet about the strengths of the ESV. Not worth the read for the average lay person, and only worth a quick read and discard for any clergyman.

If you are still interested, do not waste $5 on it. That money is better put toward buying a whole ESV Bible. The pamphlet is actually available for free in its entirety on the Crossway official website (easily found by Google). Just scroll down a bit and click "Download PDF Version".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect explanation 22 Sept. 2014
By Maurice Armand Ottinger - Published on
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Very clear and compelling explanation of why the author believes the ESV to be superior to the NIV in several respects.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very general 18 Jun. 2014
By M. Battenfield - Published on
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This booklet simply gives the basic reasoning Mr. DeYoung's church adopted the ESV Translation for church use. It is really not all that revealing or exciting.
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