Happy Monday! Here are some fun tools I wanted to share with you today.
Have you checked out esvbible.org yet? It is an online Bible where you can add notes, highlights and bookmarks and access free daily devotionals, reading plans and study tools.
Through esvbible.org you can also purchase the online versions of different study Bibles and study tools which can be accessed online from any computer, through your esvbible.org account.
I love the potential here. I have a few favorite Bibles but if I want to do some studying those big Bibles pile up quick. And forget bringing them all with me on my “retreat” days. Having them all online, in one place, is a very attractive thing! Plus, each Bible module is a fraction of the cost of a paper copy. I’ve been looking into getting an ESV Study Bible with my birthday money, and am seriously considering getting the online version instead of the paper Bible. However, if I do decide to go with the paper version, access to the online version also comes with the purchase!
I’ve also had my eye on the ESV Greek Tools module that can be added…decisions, decisions.
Free Online Study Bible
Ok, so there is an new module out on esvbible.org. It is the ESV Student Bible, and Crossway has a great offer which I am super excited about. You can get the ESV Student Bible for free! All it takes is sharing it with five of your friends or family. I’ve already shared the offer with friends and family and immediately received access to the online version of the study notes, maps and other study tools.
I thought many of you might be interested in this! This free offer is a great chance to try out the ESV Bible and the great study tools in the student version for yourself. Hop on over to Crossway’s blog to read about all the details.
More About the English Standard Version
If you are unfamiliar with the ESV, or the English Standard Version, it is a wonderful translation of the Bible.
The ESV is an “essentially literal” translation that seeks as far as possible to capture the precise wording of the original text and the personal style of each Bible writer. As such, its emphasis is on “word-for-word” correspondence, at the same time taking into account differences of grammar, syntax, and idiom between current literary English and the original languages. – About the ESV Translation, esv.org
The bottom line here is that it is a great translation to use for studying while still being very readable. When you want to get into the nitty-gritty of what the author intended the verse to mean, it is important to use a version that was translated word-for-word. The ESV is also the trusted, go-to Bible of most of my favorite preachers and teachers.