OK this might be a bit extreme but I am thinking about it nonetheless. I have been reading about some of the history involved with our various bible translations and was struck by the way God seemed to use the Geneva Bible specifically during the Reformation era (published in 1560).
Leland Ryken notes, “…[the Geneva Bible] produced in Switzerland by Puritan refugees who had fled the persecution of the Catholic Queen Mary. This Bible quickly became the household Bible of English-speaking Protestants, and it was the Bible used by Shakespeare and carried to America on the Mayflower. This translation contained copious notes (many of them anti-Catholic) that provided running commentary on the biblical text.” (The Word of God in English), p. 49
I admit it is a bit premature, but I am truly excited about the way in which the ESV Study Bible is flying off the shelves and into the hands of hungry Christians. Furthermore, the web resource is absolutely outstanding. I use this feature almost daily.
You have to admit that the possibility is that this resource will have substantial staying power and influence in the current and upcoming generations. We have the increased excitement over Reformed theology. We have many ‘leaders’ promoting the movement, if you will (see Gospel Coalition, T4G, etc). We have a Bible and study Bible that most people in the movement use. If I were Arminian I would say that I don’t want to jinx anything.
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