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Is the English Standard Version [ESV] Accurate?


With many others I am astonished and saddened that the bishops of England, Wales and Scotland have decided to remove the more prayerful, poetic, and rhetorically effective Jerusalem Bible translation from the lectionary and replace it with the prosaic, allegedly more accurate, and blatantly non-inclusive English Standard Version (ESV).While no one claims that the ESV is prayerful, poetic, and rhetorically effective, it has been touted above all as being more accurate than other available alternatives: for instance, the New Revised Standard Version that the Canadian bishops opted to use some years ago. Let us take up take six examples from the New Testament and check the accuracy of the ESV.

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