Tuesday, March 3, 2009

ESV Online Study Bible: FREE for March

The ESV Online Study Bible is accessible for FREE for the month of March (with free registration). This resource is otherwise only available with the purchase of a hardcopy edition, and of course, and rightly so, the publisher is hoping this sample will entice you to do just that. (I did inquire whether the online version would ever be available without having to buy the book, and it is not certain that will ever happen other than this free, temporary preview.) There have been numerous reviews of this Bible, both in terms of the ESV translation and the study notes with this edition. The Introduction does explicitly note that "the doctrinal perspective of the ESV Study Bible is that of classic evangelical orthodoxy." This perspective does show up in various ways. (E.g., certain terminology, dating of documents, a "Principles of Marriage" chart, a historical and literal reading of Jonah, etc.) The charts and maps are particularly attractive. Overall, it is a fine implementation of an online study Bible. One can even add notes to texts that are saved and always available. As more and more of our activity floats out to the "Cloud" of internet computing, this resource is a good example of what biblical studies might look like.
[HT: Michael Hanel on the BW Forum]

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