As I type this, the FedEx website tells me that my copy of The Lutheran Study Bible is on the truck for delivery this afternoon. With many others, I’ve long looked forward to see what gems this new ESV-based, distinctly Lutheran work has in store. From the preview material that CPH has been steadily pumping out for several months, it doesn’t look like anyone will be disappointed! According to its forward:
The Reformation started from a man studying the Bible: Martin Luther. It grew from an educational setting: Wittenberg University. As these facts show, biblical studies and Christian education had the greatest importance for early Lutherans. Everywhere the Reformation spread, Bible reading and Christian education followed. Lutheran congregations, schools, missions, colleges, and universities still place great importance on study of Holy Scripture.
But there is another, perhaps even more important, factor binding the Lutheran Church to the careful study of Scripture, something that distinguished the Lutheran Reformation from other movements–its beliefs about God’s Word.
On a similar note, I received confirmation yesterday from Tyndale that a review copy of the Mosaic NLT bible is on its way as well. I’ve been very excited about this project since learning about it from one of its editors, Keith Williams (@KeithWilliams). Though I’ve wrestled with the NLT at times since adopting it as my primary translation last year, it’s still my translation of choice and doubtless will be for many years to come. While Tyndale has been more tight-lipped about the exact contents of Mosaic, what I have seen so far looks fantastic. I’m particularly excited that Tyndale has chosen this blog as one of the stops on the Mosaic Blog Tour. October 2nd is the currently scheduled date, so be sure and check back. There will also be a contest to give away a copy to one lucky reader!
Until then, I plan to review both of these promising new offerings…coming soon!