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NLT Study Bible, ESV Study Bible, and Revelation 17:9-11

Before I begin, I would like to say how much I am enjoying the NLT Study Bible and the ESV Study Bible. If you have not purchased these yet, what are you waiting for? You can have both for less than $60 if you do some internet shopping. A great study Bible with a formal translation like the ESV and a great study Bible with a dynamic translation like the NLT. Both are great tools and I am enjoying putting…

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NLT Study Bible, ESV Study Bible, and The Word (John 1:1)

One of the more complex concepts in scriptures is John's use of the word logos in his gospel. Below is how each study Bible offers explanation concerning the logos. NLT Study Bible: John 1:1-18 The beginning of this prologue (1:1-5) might be a poem or hymn sung by the earliest Christians. The prologue’s themes–the coming of the light into the world, the rejection of the light, and its gift of new life to believers–prepares readers for the story that follows.…

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NLT Study Bible, ESV Study Bible, and the Book of Job

There has been wide speculation as to the dating of the book of Job. When did he live and when did the events of Job take place? While there are no obvious references to use for dating the book, there are subtle clues that can help us determine when Job lived. Below are the introductory notes from the NLT Study Bible and the ESV Study Bible for the book of Job regarding is date. You will see an extreme disagreement…

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ESV Study Bible- Simply Beautiful

As I went to bed last night, I told my wife, "This is really a beautiful Bible." I have to tell you that the .pdf releases do not do justice to the beauty of the ESV Study Bible. The splashes of color are well used so that you desire to read more. If you are a fan of the ESV translation, then you really should pick up the ESV Study Bible. But even if you are not a fan of…

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ESV Study Bible Arrives

It all began with a knock at the door. A brown box sits on the porch from Crossway. I burst with excitement. I have an ESV Study Bible in my hands. I don't think I will set it down tonight. My deepest gratitude to Michele Bennett at Crossway for providing a review copy. Now I can make comparisons between the NLT Study Bible and the ESV Study Bible concerning difficult and controversial texts as well as the introductory material and…

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NLT Study Bible, ESV Study Bible, NIV Study Bible and The Angels of the Seven Churches

I am short on time today, so just a quick comparison for you all to consider. ESV Study Bible: 1:20 Angels of the seven churches might be human messengers, human pastors, or literal angels sent as messengers, but they are probably personifications of each church’s identity. Jesus will address his encouragement and/or rebuke for each church to that church’s angel. Cf. Dan. 10:13—14. NIV Study Bible: The first of several places where the symbols are interpreted (see also 17:15,18). angels.…

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NLT Study Bible, ESV Study Bible, and the Authorship and Dating of Revelation

The dating of Revelation has not lack controversy. One can pick up any number of scholars who will "prove" that Revelation was written in AD 90s or AD 60s. So, I was curious what the new study Bibles said about the authorship and dating of Revelation. NLT Study Bible: Many Jewish apocalypses were written after the close of the OT canon, at a time when Jews believed that prophecy had ceased and that the word of the Lord for them…

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TNIV 2005 – Not As Bad

I have been reading through the TNIV and have not found any glaring problems thus far. In fact, I am finding that there are a number of improvements over the NIV. There are many places where the TNIV contains a more literal rendering than the NIV. I posted previously here that a lot of the controversy surrounding the TNIV was brought upon themselves. I feel this point is true all the more now that I am reading the 2005 edition…

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NLT Study Bible, ESV Study Bible, NIV Study Bible, and The Seven Churches of Asia- Part 3

Justin Taylor at the ESV Study Bible blog also wrote me about my post and states that I have misunderstood the ESVSB note. He says: I'm afraid you've misunderstood the ESVSB note as well. It certainly doesn't deny that these were seven actual churches. But it does affirm that these seven were chosen as representative of "all the churches" (cf. 2:23, 2:7). But as Sean mentions with regard to the NLTSB, the ESVSB notes on the various letters show pretty…

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NLT Study Bible, ESV Study Bible, NIV Study Bible, and The Seven Churches (Revelation 1:4)- Part 2

Sean Harrison from the NLT Study Bible blog wrote a quick comment to my post concerning the NLT study notes on the seven churches of Asia. He wrote: The NLTSB note is not intended to spiritualize the individual churches, as the notes on the individual churches' letters show -- each church's letter addresses that church with reference to some aspect of that church's historical setting. The NLTSB note is simply making the somewhat basic point that we should not conclude…

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