NAS(95) or ESV?

Discussion in 'Bible Versions/Translations' started by Marcia, May 5, 2006.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. Marcia

    Marcia
    Expand Collapse
    Active Member

    Joined:
    May 12, 2004
    Messages:
    11,139
    Likes Received:
    0
    I use the NAS updated (95), and also others from time to time like the NIV, the NET Bible, and the NKJV. I have an NAS and an NIV study Bible that I use the most right now.

    I have not purchased an ESV as of yet but keep seeing positive comments here on it. So I am thinking about it and wondering if I would like it as much or more than the NAS.

    Those of you who have used both the NAS and the ESV, which do you prefer and why? I would really like to know. Thanks! [​IMG]

    Also, would a non-Reformed person enjoy the Reformation ESV Study Bible? Be honest.
     
  2. william s. correa

    william s. correa
    Expand Collapse
    Banned

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2006
    Messages:
    677
    Likes Received:
    0
    Neither one
     
  3. rsr

    rsr
    Expand Collapse
    <b> 7,000 posts club</b>
    Administrator

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2001
    Messages:
    9,949
    Likes Received:
    78
    ESV; it is almost as literal as the NASV (and at least as literal as the KJV) but more readable.

    I used the old NASV for many years, but I like the way the ESV reads. I also think the NASV is a good translation and like to compare both the ESV and the NASV to the KJV and NKJV. I also like the NET for its notes.
     
  4. rsr

    rsr
    Expand Collapse
    <b> 7,000 posts club</b>
    Administrator

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2001
    Messages:
    9,949
    Likes Received:
    78
    And, if I may be so bold, William, Marcia asked a question in regard to the NASV vs. the ESV. It was not an invitation for KJVO folks to butt in with a blanket condemnation of MVs.
     
  5. StefanM

    StefanM
    Expand Collapse
    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2004
    Messages:
    6,337
    Likes Received:
    64
    I prefer the NASB because it is slightly more literal. The ESV, however, is quite literal itself. Both are good, IMO.
     
  6. webdog

    webdog
    Expand Collapse
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2005
    Messages:
    24,691
    Likes Received:
    0
    I like both but prefer the NASB. The ESV seems a little too "calvinistic" for me in places, and is the main version used by many mainstream calvinists.
     
  7. Phillip

    Phillip
    Expand Collapse
    <b>Moderator</b>
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2001
    Messages:
    6,708
    Likes Received:
    0
    Marcia, I agree with RSR. The NASV was my old standby when I was young and couldn't understand 15th century English. I bought an ESV and I love it.

    The ESV is a very accurate translation. I have challenged it several times and the professors would always confirm that the verse that I challenged did indeed say what the Greek (or Hebrew) intended.
     
  8. Keith M

    Keith M
    Expand Collapse
    New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2002
    Messages:
    2,024
    Likes Received:
    0
    Marcia, don't just depend on what others think because others cannot always speak for you. Why don't you do a comparison for yourself? The ESV is available online at StudyLight.org. There you can compare it with the NASB95 you use. Do verse searches on several verses or read several chapters and see how you feel the ESV sompares to the NASB95. Then you will be able to make a more informed decision, one that you should be more comfortable with than if you just listen to what others say. I would have to say that my personal preference between the ESV and the NASB95 would have to be the NASB, but that is only because I have just not used the ESV that much. From what little experience i have had with the ESV, I can't really say whether it is better than the NASB95 or not. ;)

    God bless you, and keep studying the word!
     
  9. Keith M

    Keith M
    Expand Collapse
    New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2002
    Messages:
    2,024
    Likes Received:
    0
    And, if I may be so bold, William, Marcia asked a question in regard to the NASV vs. the ESV. It was not an invitation for KJVO folks to butt in with a blanket condemnation of MVs. </font>[/QUOTE]AMEN!!!
     
  10. DeclareHim

    DeclareHim
    Expand Collapse
    New Member

    Joined:
    May 7, 2004
    Messages:
    1,062
    Likes Received:
    0
    I use the ESV but mostly just because that's what we use at Church and in all our SS material. I actually enjoy the ESV a lot as posters have mentioned it's accurate maybe not as much as the NASB '95 but it is a bit more readable and to be sure is very accurate itself. I still use the NASB some but now the ESV is the version I use for everything.
     
  11. Marcia

    Marcia
    Expand Collapse
    Active Member

    Joined:
    May 12, 2004
    Messages:
    11,139
    Likes Received:
    0
    Thanks for all the comments. I do go to the online ESV and have quoted it from it for some of my articles and for my book, but I wanted feedback from people who had used both. I am taking all of this into consideration as well as my own comparison of it to the NASB.

    Thanks very much everyone! [​IMG]
     
  12. Ransom

    Ransom
    Expand Collapse
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2000
    Messages:
    4,132
    Likes Received:
    0
    Marcia asked:

    Those of you who have used both the NAS and the ESV, which do you prefer and why?

    My personal preference is still for the NASB, simply because I have been using it since 1993 and am quite accustomed to it.

    However, I bought an ESV on its first day of release and have been impressed with it from Day One. It's an excellent literary Bible - I intended one day to read a single chapter from Acts, and before I realized it I was so absorbed in the story that I was in the 20th chapter. It's a real page-turner.

    The ESV also has a strong online following, because the publishers are very encouraging about its use on blogs, etc.
     
  13. mesly

    mesly
    Expand Collapse
    Member

    Joined:
    May 7, 2002
    Messages:
    283
    Likes Received:
    0
    I have read through the ESV back in 2002 and found it to be a nice translation for transitioning out of the KJV (which was my case at the time). As I read through it, I noticed that there were several strange things about the wording or the grammer, but figured nothing of it at the time. Recently there has been some issue taken with the english grammer. You might want to check out these links:

    This one is more textual in nature: http://evangelicaltextualcriticism.blogspot.com/2006/04/esv-conjectures-in-jeremiah-1814.html

    http://www.pantokrator.org/2006/04/14/esv-poor-grammar-at-table/

    Here is the response to the link above: http://www.esv.org/blog/2006/04/at.table

    I mean no-ill towards the ESV - I like the translation and still reference it from time-to-time. These are just a few things to consider before making the switch to the ESV.
     
  14. Tony kelly

    Tony kelly
    Expand Collapse
    New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2004
    Messages:
    75
    Likes Received:
    0
    I read the older NAS Bible through a few times and the ESV also .I just ordered the updated NAS .Thanks for asking the question I was wondering the same thing !I wonder if theres a big difference in the older NAS and the updated version ?
     
  15. go2church

    go2church
    Expand Collapse
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2002
    Messages:
    4,304
    Likes Received:
    6
    I use the ESV over the NASB'95 simply because it has much of the same cadance for the KJV users, yet is modern enough that NIVers and the like don't get lost when I am reading outloud. It is a great "bridge" between the KJV and modern translations

    It footnotes the usage of brothers with brothers and sisters where needed without changing the text.

    Keeps "churchy" words like justification and propitiation

    It is funny that someone mentioned it sounded too Calvinistic because I always thought the NASB sounded too dispensational (I'm speaking of the sub-headings).

    The software was free for e-Sword, which I use all the time.
     
  16. Marcia

    Marcia
    Expand Collapse
    Active Member

    Joined:
    May 12, 2004
    Messages:
    11,139
    Likes Received:
    0
    The older NAS uses the "thee" and "thou" and the updated does away with the "thee" and "thou" language and uses "you."

    Also, other slight changes were made so that the updated does not, imo, sound quite as stiff as the older NAS. It flows better.
     
  17. whatever

    whatever
    Expand Collapse
    New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2004
    Messages:
    2,088
    Likes Received:
    0
    Depends on the non-Reformed person, probably. One who hates Calvinism and thinks Calvinists are heretics, or at least close, should go for somethng else obviously. The notes support infant baptism and such. I guess it depends on whether you think you could learn from Presbyterians. Some can, some cannot.

    Oh yeah, I love the ESV and have never used the NAS in any edition. I think either would be fine though.
     
  18. Plain Old Bill

    Plain Old Bill
    Expand Collapse
    New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2003
    Messages:
    3,657
    Likes Received:
    0
    If you are dispensational the Scofield3 Study Bible is now out in the ESV version, so you are not stuck with the Reformation Study Bible as the only ESV study version.
    I like the Esv very much but do not have it in a study version.It is as accurate as the NASB but more readable.There are some who would say the NASB is more accurate but the difference is like potatoes and potaatoe as far as accuracy goes,in other words barely noticable.
     
  19. Ransom

    Ransom
    Expand Collapse
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2000
    Messages:
    4,132
    Likes Received:
    0
    the Scofield3 Study Bible is now out in the ESV version

    [inappropriate remark deleted]. . .

    [ May 07, 2006, 12:44 AM: Message edited by: Phillip ]
     
  20. Marcia

    Marcia
    Expand Collapse
    Active Member

    Joined:
    May 12, 2004
    Messages:
    11,139
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ransom, that really is kind of a nasty comment and doesn't contribute anything. I am really tired of the putdowns on the BB when it somes to Calvinist-nonCalvinist views.

    I was hoping this forum would remain free of that, but I guess that was hoping for too much. &lt;sigh&gt;
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page

Loading...