baileyeverywhere replied to your post “ESV Reader’s Bible Review, with Notes on the Translation”
I’m REALLY glad you posted this because I was THIS CLOSE to getting you the set for Christmas.
That’s really sweet! A small part of me is sad that that’s not happening now, but a larger part of me recognizes that I don’t really want to read an ASV Bible with the archaic language that makes it compelling as art stripped out, you know?
From In Progress, my blog about progressive Christian theology:
A couple weeks ago, a friend of mine alerted me to a Kickstarter she thought I would want to see, for a project called Bibliotheca.
The idea behind the project is that, because of the format in which it’s usually published, the Bible is actually really hard to just sit down and read at length the way you would, say, a novel or a book of poetry (just two of the many genres which it contains).
I watched this video and was overcome by profound booklust, but at the end of the day I wasn’t quite willing to part with $70 for this particular item—I wasn’t sure I’d like the translation, and backing on Kickstarter is not quite the same as buying something outright. But the same friend who pointed me to Bibliotheca told me about the Bible Design Blog, a lovely site where I learned about the ESV Reader’s Bible, a volume with a similar aim at a more affordable price. I tried to avoid buying the thing, but I eventually lost all resistance and shelled out $20 for a copy.
This was a problem, because my wife had already been pointing out, ever since we got married and moved in together, that we genuinely own too, too many Bibles as it is:
Above: the reasons I should probably not be buying more Bibles
Fortunately for me, when my ESV Reader’s Bible arrived and I told Anna about it, rather than scold me, she merely lamented that she couldn’t really be mad, since it was, after all, a Bible. I was relieved.