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NLT Study Bible, ESV Study Bible, and “Hanged On The Gallows” (Esther 2:23)

I am studying the book of Esther in preparation for a sermon next Sunday. Since the good folks at Crossway have released the entire book of Esther from the ESV Study Bible, it provides an opportunity to compare some of the study notes from these new study Bibles. ESV Study Bible: 2:22—23 hanged on the gallows. A practice known from ancient records. Cf. Ezra 6:11. the chronicles. A record of significant events in the king’s reign (e.g., 1 Kings 14:29).…

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1 Peter 3:21 – “Appeal,” “Response,” or “Pledge”

There are a wide variety of translations for 1 Peter 3:21, the differences of which truly change the meaning of the text. Notice the following differences: Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience,through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, (ESV) And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you–not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to…

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NLT Study Bible, ESV Study Bible, NIV Study Bible, and “Satan Falling Like Lightning” (Luke 10:18)

Luke 10 presents a fascinating story about the 70 (or 72) being commissioned to preach the kingdom of God to lost Israel. When the 70 return, they exclaim to Jesus that they were even able to cast out demons in the name of Jesus. Jesus responds to them with: "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven" (Luke 10:18; ESV). Let's see what the study Bibles have to say about this statement. NIV Study Bible: 10:18 Satan fall. Even the…

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NLT Study Bible, ESV Study Bible, and The Beatitudes (Luke 6:20-23)

I was surprised to see a significant difference in the interpretation of the beatitudes presented by the NLT Study Bible and the ESV Study Bible. NLT Study Bible: 6:20-23 God blesses those who acknowledge their inadequacy and weakness and turn to God for strength. The value system of God's Kingdom is radically different from the world's value system, in which power and strength represent success. ESV Study Bible: 6:20-23 The Beatitudes. (See noted on Matt. 5:3-12). Luke's first record of…

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NLT Blog Responds to “Tongues vs. Languages” Article

Mark Taylor at the NLT Blog posted a response to my frustration that the NLT did not consistently use the term "unknown languages" throughout 1 Corinthians 12-14. You can read my original post here: https://www.christianmonthlystandard.com/index.php/tongues-vs-languages-1-corinthians-12-14/ You can read Mark Taylor's complete response to my blog here: http://nltblog.com/2008/09/tongues-or-unknown-languages-in-1-cor.html Mark Taylor reveals that the NLT translation committee held discussions on using "unknown languages" and "tongues." In an attempt to allow the student to get the sense that Paul could be referring to…

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NLT Study Bible, ESV Study Bible, and Jesus’ Genealogy (Luke 3:23-38)

Another difficult topic is reconciling the Luke account of Jesus' genealogical record with Matthew's account. The following is how the study Bibles treat the issue. NLT Study Bible: 3:23-38 This genealogy reverses Matthew's order (Matt 1:1-17). Luke lists Jesus' lineage back to Adam, possibly to show Jesus' connection with all humanity as the Son of God (3:38). Matthew's genealogy descends from Abraham to Joseph, highlighting Jesus' status as the rightful heir of David's throne and the recipient of God's promises…

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NLT Study Bible, ESV Study Bible, NIV Study Bible and “Quirinius” (Luke 2:2)

I thought it would be good to compare how the study Bibles deal with a difficult historical reference like Quirinius, the governor of Syria. This might give us a taste of how these study Bibles address historical events. Thanks to Michele Bennett at Crossway's ESV study Bible blog for the Gospel of Luke sample and Laura Bartlett at Tyndale's NLT blog for the NLT Study Bible. ESV Study Bible: 2:2 the first registration when Quirinius was governor. According to Josephus,…

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NLT Study Bible, ESV Study Bible, NIV Study Bible, and “The Fullness of God” (Colossians 1:19)

I believe Colossians 1:19 reflects the different styles of the NLT Study Bible, the ESV Study Bible, and the NIV Study Bible quite well. Forin him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell.... (Colossians 1:19; ESV) NIV Study Bible: 1:19 fullness. Part of the technical vocabulary of some Gnostic philosophies. In these systems it meant the sum of the supernatural forces controlling the fate of people. For Paul "fullness" meant the totality of God with all his powers…

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“Predestined” (Ephesians 1:5) and the NLT

Ephesians 1:4-5 (ESV) even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, Now read Ephesians 1:4-5 in the NLT: Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt…

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NLT Study Bible, ESV Study Bible, NIV Study Bible, and “Heavenly Places” (Ephesians 1:3)

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. (Ephesians 1:3; NLT) Paul begins his letter to the Ephesians by noting that they had been blessed with every spiritual blessing in "the heavenly realms" (NIV, TNIV, NLT) or "the heavenly places" (ESV, NRSV). I like the translation "heavenly realms" (the word "places" is not in the Greek) simply because "realms"…

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