Great deal on ESV Study Bibles

Timberdoodle is selling all their original Crossway ESV Study Bibles for a fantastic price!

Their genuine leather one is going for $45! 

The trutone ones are only $37.50!  Great price on great Bibles.


Challies: Thoughts on Reading

I came across Tim Challies thoughts on reading and wanted to share. I love to read as well and sometimes I wonder why and occasionally I wonder if I SHOULD be reading so much. Thank you, Tim for stating what I would want to say in a very readable, and encouraging, way!

Comparing the “Institutes” Translations

Copying for future reference from today’s “Blogging the Institutes” post.

Translations of the Institutes

Posted: 05 Jan 2009 06:07 PM CST

A reader asked about the different English translations of Calvin’s Institutes. Any translation would probably be serviceable in understanding Calvin’s main intent. We will be using the Battles/McNeill translation for blogging through the Institutes. There are four main English translators/translations: 

  • Thomas Norton (1561)
  • John Allen (1813)
  • Henry Beveridge (1845)
  • Ford Lewis Battles (1960)

In one of his lectures on the Institutes, Professor David Calhoun gave the following overview:

The first was Thomas Norton back in the sixteenth century. Calvin was very fortunate with his first English translator. Norton did an exceptionally good job. Very soon after the completion of the Institutes in 1559, which was written in Latin, it was translated by Calvin into French and then quite soon into English. John Allen was the second translator. John Allen and Henry Beveridge were both nineteenth-century translators. The Beveridge translation is still in print. It was until fairly recently anyway. Those are not bad but not very good either. Ford Lewis Battles’ 1960 translation is the one that we are using. Even though it has been criticized some, it is by far the most superior translation that we have at present.

And here is J. I. Packer’s typically concise take:

No English translation fully matches Calvin’s Latin; that of the Elizabethan, Thomas Norton, perhaps gets closest; Beveridge gives us Calvin’s feistiness but not always his precision; Battles gives us the precision but not always the punchiness, and fleetness of foot; Allen is smooth and clear, but low-key.

Some readers may be interested in this site by the late Professor David F. Wright, who was collecting and correcting mistranslations from the Battles translation.

Books I Wanna Read 2009

Here is a very ambitious list of books I would like to read / finish / re-read in 2009. 

I’m hoping I will be able to write a few reviews as time allows. Of course, this list will grow as the year goes on! But so far, this is what I have:

1. Pleasures of God by John Piper (finish)

2. Institutes of Christian Religion by John Calvin (all year)

3. A Body of Divinity by Thomas Watson (finish)

4. Sovereignty of God by A. W. Pink (finish)

5. Radical Womanhood by Carolyn McCulley (finish)

6. Teaching the Trivium by Harvey and Laurie Bluedorn (finish and re-read)

7. A Tale of Two Sons by John Macarthur 

8. Prodigal God by Tim Keller

9. Christless Christianity by Michael Horton

10. Church History in Plain Language by Bruce Shelley (finish)

11. Everlasting Righteousness by Horatius Bonar

12. Holiness by J. C. Ryle

13. Knowing God by J. I. Packer

14. Christian in Complete Armor by William Gurnall vol 2 and 3

15. Packer’s Introduction to John Owen’s Death of Death in the Death of Christ

16. Redemption Accomplished and Applied by John Murray

17. Truth Wars by John Macarthur

18. The Mystery of Providence by John Flavel

19. The Potter’s Freedom by James White

20. John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine and Doxology

21. The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace (finish)

22. Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Ted Tripp (finish / re-read)

23. Puritans on Conversion

24. Letters of Samuel Rutherford

25. Our Covenant with Kids by Timothy Sisemore

26. The Unexpected Journey by Robert Godfrey (finish)

27. Because He Loves Me by Elyse Fitzpatrick

28. ESV Study Bible

29. Marriage to a Difficult Man (Jonathan and Sarah Edwards) 

30. Studies on Saving Faith by A. W. Pink (finish)

31. A Spectacle Unto God: The Life and Death of Christopher Love by Don Kistler

Better get started…