In just a few weeks, the controversial The TNIV(Today's New International Version) Bible is set to be published by Zondervan. Zondervan is saying that it will be the most expensive ad-buy for a Bible in publishing history.
A full-length book--The TNIV and the Gender-Neutral Bible Controversy, by Wayne Grudem and Vern Poythress--has already been published as a critique of this version. In addition, over 100 pastors and leaders (including James Dobson, R.C. Sproul, Chuck Colson, D. James Kennedy, Bill Bright, Dennis Rainey, Joshua Harris, C.J. Mahaney, John Piper, J.I. Packer, Elisabeth Elliot Gren, Marvin Olasky, and Chuck Swindoll) signed a statement declaring that they "cannot endorse the TNIV as sufficiently trustworthy to commend to the church. [They] do not believe it is a translation suitable for use as a normal preaching and teaching text of the church or for a common memorizing, study, and reading Bible of the Christian community."
For rapid-fire responses and resources after the TNIV hits, keep your eye on No-TNIV.com.
In other Bible publishing news, The Reformation Study Bible will come out in the ESV (English Standard Version) in mid-February as well. It was formerly titled The New Geneva Study Bible (and published in the NKJV). Last year a new edition was produced, entitled The Spirit of the Reformation Study Bible, published only in the NIV. Richard Pratt was the general editor, Bruce Waltke was the OT editor, Greg Beale and Vern Poythress handled the NT editorial duties, and John Frame and J.I. Packer were the theological editors.
The new ESV version, however, is a new edition of the original version (not the Pratt-edited update). R.C. Sproul is the general editor, Bruce Waltke is the OT editor, Moisés Silva is the NT editor, and James Boice (deceased), Edmund Clowney, Roger Nicole, and J. I. Packer are the associate editors. OT contributors include Graeme Goldsworthy, V. Phillips Long, Tremper Longman, Gary Pratico, and Richard Pratt. NT contributors include Sinclair Ferguson, Wayne Grudem, Vern Poythress, and Frank Thielman.
I've been using this Bible lately, and am finding the notes and articles to be first-rate.