Analysis of the ESV Bible (English Standard Version)


The ESV Bible (English Standard Version) has become one of the most popular Bibles on the market today. It is considered to be a conservative and faithful translation of the Hebrew and Greek text.

In my analysis of the ESV, I would not use it for daily study based on the following:

  • The theological bias of the publisher and translation oversight committee give due reason for suspecting subtle theological slant within the translation.
  • The failure to use italics or some means of enabling the reader to recognize editorial additions to the text. I would reject the ESV on this issue alone because I insist that my English Bible show me man’s insertions.
  • A number of prophetic passages handled poorly, especially knowing that the publisher is allergic to prophecy.
  • …and more!

While a person could certainly do much worse, they can also do much better. Watch the Bible study session below for my full analysis.

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