Manifesto signatories, our voice has been heard! I’m super excited for the May, 2014 release!
Crossway even used the title we suggested: “Reader’s Bible.” I’m going to try to figure out how this came about and whether our manifesto made any difference or was just another drop lost in the vast Internet bucket.
This promo copy certainly makes it sound like the manifesto struck a chord:
The ESV Reader’s Bible was created for those who want to read Scripture precisely as it was originally written – namely, as an unbroken narrative. Verse numbers, chapter and section headings, and translation footnotes are helpful navigational and interpretive tools, but are also relatively recent conventions. In the ESV Reader’s Bible they have been removed from the Bible text. The result is a new kind of Bible reading experience in a volume that presents Scripture as one extended storyline.
On the top of each page a verse range is included for orientation. Other features include a single-column text setting, readable type, and a book-like format. The Reader’s Bible is a simple but elegant edition, and is perfect for devotional reading, for extended Bible reading, or for focusing on the overarching narrative of the Bible.
- Black letter text, with no verse numbers or text notes
- Single-column, paragraph format
- Introduction to the Reader’s Bible
- Ribbon marker