[Note to reader: I’m experiencing some mild formatting issues, which I hope to resolve soon.]
Frequent hotel traveller? Rejoice.
But then I had a Brian Regan moment:
So what’s changed with the Gideons ESV? A lot, specifically in the New Testament. In the copyright granted to the Gideons, it states, “…Crossway is pleased to license the ESV text to the Gideons, and to grant permission to the Gideons to include certain alternate readings based on the Textus Receptus….” The result? Compared to the regular ESV (which mainly uses the UBS/Nestle-Aland 27th edition) the new Gideons ESV has over 50 alternate readings.
Gideons announced the reason for the move from the NKJV to the ESV here.
I’m grateful for Crossway and Gideons’ partnership to make the Christian Scriptures available for free. However, I’m more than a bit surprised that Crossway would grant permission for Gideons to alter the ESV. For future printings of the Gideons ESV, perhaps they should call it the EESV: Essentially the ESV. (And although the ESV is my preferred Bible translation, I often fondly refer to the ESV as Essentially the Same Version [i.e. as the RSV]. But I digress.)
Here’s a picture of the copyright page for one of their pocket New Testaments: