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on 7 April 2014
My wife and I have many bibles from difference genres, but the ESV has been a good resource. A good embrace of the effects of many of more recent archeological discoveries and understandings from original manuscripts.
Bibles are quite personal items and need to be read through a Hebraic mindset, rather than a Greek or Hellenistic mindset; so while understanding is important, we do need to understand the culture and sense of what the characters were seeking to convey. The ESV seeks to do this without too much heavy theology.
I personally now prefer my NLT Chronological Life Application Bible because it has so much useful additional detail contained within. I tolerate the fact that the books are no longer all in the traditional order that I grew up with and need to refer to the index on occasion.
The ESV is also great to get on your smartphone!