Second, I am addressing the study notes only, not the text of the Bible. These scholars and stylists went back to the original languages and sought to produce the closest natural equivalent of the message in natural, contemporary English. At its most basic level, election refers to God’s plan whereby he accomplishes his will. Thank you for a thorough and enlightening analysis. Thank you Dr. Harwood for your fair and discerning assessment! It is a sovereign summons that draws the sinner from death to life.”. Also, emphasizing God choosing in Christ is appropriate since God the Father referred to Jesus as “my Son, my chosen (eklegomai) one” (Luke 9:35). . I am beginning to suspect that Bible translation is more about generating new sales than about actually making the text more understandable or more accurate. Even so, those who affirm that God loves every person, Christ died for every person, and God desires to save every person will be disappointed in some of the study notes in the CSB Study Bible.. Several remarks are in order before beginning this review. Perhaps some (even many) of the study notes addressed below first appeared in the 2010 edition. Calvinists emphasize God's sovereignty over man's salvation. His heart must be changed (see Mark 7:20–23; Matt. I hope this feedback helps. Trevin currently serves as the Bible and Reference Publisher for B&H, and his area published the, Book Announcement: The Spirit and the Lake of Fire. Accurate, clear, fair and balanced analysis of the theological viewpoint behind these study notes. The CSB Study Bible For Women, Teal Flowers LeatherTouch, Indexed. Just like the BFM 2000 and the CSB 2017, our interpretation would be determined by our bias towards Calvinism or non-Calvinism as you have confirmed here in your review. LEAVE IT THERE! From the Publisher The CSB Study Bible continues to offer the ECPA award winning Holman study system with all of its study notes and tools uniquely designed to be on the same page as the biblical text to which they refer. PS, I used to be a Calvinist, I attended a Calvinistic Bible college and Seminary, and I have read about 100 books on Calvinism written by Calvinists. Currently, my practice is to read from Bibles with no notes (study notes or even my own notations) so I keep a clearer distinction in mind between those words that are inspired and those words that are commentary. From a Calvinist viewpoint, a person who has sinned was predestined to sin, and no matter what a person does, he or she will go to Heaven or Hell based on that determination. Better to approach in obedience than to offer the sacrifice as fools do, for they ignorantly do wrong. The Christian Standard Bible (CSB) is a major revision of the 2009 edition of the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB). I think if you ask a Catholic who understands Calvinism, then you are going to get a bewildered look asking how you could think that. (Note: CSB stands for Christian Standard Bible, a new Bible translation.) NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Nearly equal numbers of pastors in the Southern Baptist Convention consider their churches as Calvinist/Reformed as do Arminian/Wesleyan, although more than 60 percent are concerned about the effect of Calvinism on the denomination, according to a new survey from Lifeway Research. John 17:20-23 (CSB) I pray not only for these, but also for those who believe in me through their word. Hyper-Calvinism is exactly what the name suggests: Calvinism that has gone to extremes. Several years ago, I wrote a lesson at his invitation for the Gospel Project curriculum, which he edited. However, that is not my aim in this essay. Incredibly the KJV registered zip. Excellent review and very helpful. Man is a radical sinner (totally depraved). The NIV ranked second. The study note on Eph 1:4 states: “He chose us in him: The idea of divine election flows out of the important theme of spiritual union, for election is ‘in Christ.’ The doctrine of election is one of the most central and one of the most misunderstood teachings of the Bible. Not everyone who identifies as a Calvinist would claim the “Reformed” label, and many Calvinists reject covenant theology. SUN VALLEY, Calif... By Norm Miller, Baptist Message special assignments reporter... Sign up for 'Churches Helping Churches' damaged by Hurricane Laura, Georgia Pastor Mike Stone to be nominated for SBC president, John MacArthur rebukes SBC stance on Critical Race Theory, ULM students now share Christ, not just room, With 69,071-acre purchase, Bill Gates among Louisiana’s largest landowners, Pro-life marches planned for eight locations, Jan. 23, Nearly 300 respond to Christ amid 2020 DR response, ECON 2021 slated for Summer Grove in Shreveport. Beyond the text of the Bible itself, one then must consider that this is a Bible built upon the notes, sermons, and writings of Charles Spurgeon. I haven't come across any more of a Baptist bias in the HCSB than I have a Calvinist bias in the ESV. Predestined means that God planned from eternity that ‘those [whom] he foreknew’ would become like Christ through spiritual rebirth. I always enjoyed reading your material. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software. The work under consideration fits that category. Readers should distinguish between the two. 2 Do not be hasty to speak, and do not be impulsive to make a speech before God. Christian members please remember to read the Statement of Purpose threads for each forum within Christian Congregations before posting in the forum. Ron, The NASB Study Bible is very balanced and generally fits a non-Cal perspective on the pertinent texts. This indicates the centrality of the gospel in God’s plan for history.”. (It could be argued that the NIV actually shows more of a "Calvinist bias" than the ESV does.) Fifth, the CSB Study Bible boasts an impressive list of theologically-conservative contributors. I respect his scholarship and appreciate his measured tone and wisdom he has demonstrated when addressing potentially contentious theological matters. English Bible translations also have a rich and varied history of more than a millennium. The translation committee of the CSB included a broad base of denominations including Lutheran scholars. Rather, I am analyzing selections of the newly-published work to determine whether the study notes are consistent with the interpretations of Calvinists only, non-Calvinists only, or both groups. Some avoid Spurgeon because of his declaration as a calvinist. Ac. Although related textually to the HCSB, the CSB is a new translation and thus deserves a fair and thorough examination. Second, the argument for the group’s identity favors a Calvinistic interpretation but fails to provide a non-Calvinist interpretation. In addition, the study Bible includes helpful essays such as “How to Read and Study the Bible” (by George H. Guthrie), “The Resurrection of Jesus as a Historical Event—Mark 1:6” (by Gary Habermas), “Messianic Expectations—Luke 7:20” (by Craig A. Evans), and “Salvation in the Old Testament—Romans 4” (by Paige Patterson). I have signed three writing contracts (two for books and one for a book chapter) with B&H Academic. “T here is not a single verse in the Bible to indicate man is incapable of responding to the conviction of the Holy Spirit to repent of his sin and receive Christ as his personal Savior” (Bob Kirkland). One could almost wish that the CSB Study Bible would have dedicated several pages unbiasedly delineating key soteriological differences between Arminian/non-Calvinistic and Calvinistic theologies. (Note: For a recent study which raises doubts that Paul conceived of election as God’s eternal choice to save certain individuals, see A. Chadwick Thornhill, The Chosen People: Election, Paul and Second Temple Judaism [Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2015].). The study Bible includes brief treatments of hundreds of Hebrew and Greek words, including some terms relevant to this discussion, such as “decree,” “foreknow,” and “predestine.” Although this essay is only a start, my hope is that the examination of these selected study notes will aid readers interested in the theological leanings of this new study Bible. (2010). It does mean that, in keeping with God’s promise to bless all the nations through Abraham and his descendants (Gn 12:3), Jesus’s saving death extends the offer of salvation to all nations.”. Particular atonement, also called limited atonement, is rejected by many people who affirm other points of Calvinist theology. 22 I have given them the glory you have given me, so that they may be one as we are one. 2. I have read approximately half of the CSB in my personal devotions this year, and have found it to be a faithful and readable English Bible translation. Study Notes on Bible texts often cited when arguing against Calvinistic theology, The study note on 1 Tim 2:4 includes this remark: “This verse implies the universal offer of the gospel.”. After circulating an earlier version of this essay among several friends for feedback, I was pointed to this post written by one of the contributors to the HCSB/CSB notes who also raised concerns in 2010 about the study note on Rom 8:29–30. I will be using this. The New Living Translation is a dynamic equivalence translation based on the work of 90 Bible scholars and a smaller team of English stylists. In conclusion, the study notes on 1 Tim 2:4–6 fail to restate plain propositions in the verses in favor of an explanation consistent with Calvinistic theology. $34.99. 5 Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. The Traditionalist non-Calvinist believes he is “traditional” because he has accepted the evangelical cultural orthodoxy that emerged as dominant in the middle of the twentieth century. I only wish there was a way to educate more Southern Baptists regarding this apparent bias. This study note refers only to the extent of the offer of the gospel rather than extent of the death of Christ. This translation, renamed the Christian Standard Bible, incorporates advances in biblical scholarship and input from Bible scholars, pastors, and readers to sharpen both accuracy and readability. According to this view, it is not enough for a person to hear the gospel to be saved. Blessings! May they also be in us, so that the world may believe you sent me. (Image from https://csbible.com/choose-your-csb/study-bibles/), Categories:Doctrine of Election Salvation. God chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world. A Bible clear for young children to understand & accurate for your personal study Ecclesiastes 5 Christian Standard Bible (CSB) Caution in God’s Presence. If you move too far one way, you get into lawlessness, and if you move too far the other way you into insecurity. Jack McGorman would also say (in his Canadian accent in a class I took at SWBTS), “There is a tension in the texts; LEAVE IT THERE! While it seems to be a fine translation, to someone like me who is not a Calvinist, the Calvinist baggage that's attached to it would put me off from ever adopting it as my primary Bible, if that's what I desired. These illustrate the changes from the HCSB to the CSB in the context of other leading Bible translations and are made with gratitude for each translation. Deuteronomy 28 Christian Standard Bible (CSB) Blessings for Obedience. By putting flesh on the bones of ancient history, this Bible will give you a greater understanding and context for the people and places that have become familiar to Jewish and Christian traditions. Analysis: The study note on Acts 2:23 refers to both “the plan and foreknowledge of God” as well as “the free (and sinful) acts of human beings.” Although many people wrongly import the concept of divine determinism into the phrase divine sovereignty, the study note attempts to clarify the meaning by citing “genuine human choice” rather than the commonly used phrase “human responsibility.” Because many Calvinistic interpreters understand genuine human choice to be compatible with divine determinism, they will probably not object to the explanation of this verse. Others avoid him because he was a baptist. In addition to a … LEAVE IT THERE!”. Thanks for your note. Second, the note makes a strong case that the group addressed in the letter should be identified as believers. I had an out a calvinist argue with me today that regeneration is not in the Bible and that the calvinist definition of it as being the drawing of John 6 is the standard meaning of regeneration. All of his faculties are affected by the Fall. I wonder if the Lutheran perspectives as well as Calvinistic/Arminian might be included in such an analysis. 3 And we will do this if God permits. The study notes on Rom 8:29–30 include these remarks (The bold font appears in the original): “Those he foreknew refers to those whom God set his electing love upon in eternity past. The CSB Study Bible is an update to the HCSB version of the Holman Study Bible. Second, the concept that God in eternity past set his “electing love” on some people but not on others is consistent with Calvinistic presuppositions of eternal decrees and election to salvation. A person who should write his name on the blank leaf of the Bible and say that his doctrinal belief was between the covers, would convey no definite information as to his creed.  For more on the extent of God’s love, Christ’s death, and God’s desire to save, see my article, “Is the Gospel for All People or Only Some People?” Journal of Baptist Theology & Ministry 11.2 (Fall 2014): 16–33, available here. No room is given for the non-Calvinist interpretation (general atonement). Still more dislike of his defense of the gospel. ‘Calling’ in Paul’s writing never means just an invitation. In Ro 8:29 proginōskō may also be understood as meaning ‘to know beforehand’” (p. 362). Have a great time at the Connect316 dinner next week. Thank you . Although study notes can aid readers in understanding the background or meaning of a biblical text, God inspired the Bible—not the study notes. (For support, consider these remarks in Louw and Nida’s Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament: Based on Semantic Domains, “‘those whom he had chosen beforehand, he had already decided should become like his Son’ Ro 8:29. The font is an eminently readable 9.5pt type, allowing a high degree of comfort when immersing yourself in the text for long periods of time. Thanks. If that is the case, then it could be argued that this verse should be understood as a promise of security for believers (Calvinist interpretation) rather than God’s desire to save sinners (non-Calvinist interpretation). "He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world" (1 John 2:2). SBC pastors polled on Calvinism and its effect on convention. Study Notes on Bible texts often cited when arguing for Calvinistic theology, The study note on Acts 2:23 states: “Peter’s declaration articulates a major paradox of the Christian life: Jesus’s death occurred as a result of the plan and foreknowledge of God, but it was the free (and sinful) acts of human beings that executed that plan. Jesus Prays for Himself. Is that what Luther did? In Stock. God is a faithful person. CSB Large Print Compact Reference Bible, Black LeatherTouch by CSB Bibles by Holman CSB Bibles by Holman (9781433648144) by LifeWay Staff on Monday, March 26, 2018 at 12:00 AM . View key Bible passages side-by-side to compare the CSB to the HCSB, NIV, ESV, NLT, and KJV. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few. Trevin currently serves as the Bible and Reference Publisher for B&H, and his area published the CSB Study Bible. Starting at $34.99. That being said, RC Sproul's Reformation Study Bible, which has a lot heavier Reformed Calvinistic leaning, came in both ESV and NKJV, and people aren't going around saying the NKJV is a Calvinist translation. New Bible translations deserve appropriate scrutiny. No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. “I like to use the Christian Standard Bible because it’s a translation that’s faithful to the Bible’s original manuscripts, with oversight by some trusted partners in ministry. The meaning of election is best understood as God’s sovereign initiative in bringing persons to faith in Christ, resulting in a special covenant relationship with him. An unregenerate person, can they do anything pleasing to God, or can they seek God or can they show they are worthy of the gospel. First, the word “foreknew” (proginōskō) can mean either to know in advance or to choose in advance. The Christian Standard Bible presents the truth of God’s Word with accuracy and clarity for today’s readers, equipping them for lifelong discipleship. Also, the comment mentions God’s work of “bringing persons to faith in Christ,” which is another carefully worded statement which could be affirmed by most Christians, because those who affirm Calvinistic theology will read the phrase with monergistic regeneration in their mind while other Christians think of an offer by God of salvation which can be freely accepted or rejected. The new Calvinist theologians either called for Southern Baptists to return to their theological roots or simply rejoiced that such a movement was underway. All Christians look forward to celebratin... By Will Hall, Message Executive Editor Which Study Bible would you personally recommend? The forums in the Christian Congregations category are now open only to Christian members. The Calvinist’s position when clearly understood, simply steals the “ability” (they teach Total Depravity, but they explain it as Total Inability) of deciding or exercising faith from the individual. Finally, the mention that God’s choice of believers before the foundation of the world can be affirmed by Christians who affirm election as God’s choice of a group (corporate election) or distinguish election from salvation (election to service) as well as those who define election as God’s choice of individuals for salvation (Calvinistic interpretation). Christian Chat is a moderated online Christian community allowing Christians around the world to fellowship with each other in real time chat via webcam, voice, and text, with the Christian Chat app.You can also start or participate in a Bible-based discussion here in the Christian Chat Forums, where members can also share with each other their own videos, pictures, or favorite Christian music. Instead, I will focus on the interpretive notes on key biblical texts which are often raised in discussions of the doctrine of salvation. First, the note mentions God not wanting a group to perish, but fails to quote the rest of the verse, which states “but all to come to repentance.” The word perish is not discussed in the note. Hebrews 6 Christian Standard Bible (CSB) Warning against Falling Away. How can we, as reformed men, expect anyone who is obviously not reformed, to take our convictions seriously, when we waffle at any given moment on those convictions just because the one who we communicating with is a 'nice guy' and means well? I have the HCSB Study Bible, which has many of the same comments (or omission of comments) that favor the Calvinist view. 16:14). Craig, Dr. Harwood, Does anyone know of a good study Bible that is not bent toward Calvinism? The study note includes the phrase “or else more broadly as all people,” but that does not account for the non-Calvinist interpretation, which would interpret the group God does not want to perish as sinners, not all people (which would include believers, who would not be at risk of perishing [defined in any way] at the return of Christ). Commentary on the Book of Psalms (Vol. Also, I have a professional relationship with B&H Publishing Group. That is so sad because Titus 3 makes it clear that it is equivalent to the baptism of the Holy Spirit. But their numbers were small. Calvinists take the Bible to be the literal Word of God, and they emphasize the sovereignty of God in the world’s affairs, especially the salvation of sinners. Reply. VILLA RICA, Ga. (T... By Billy Graham More work can and should be done on this topic. The purpose of this essay is to analyze the new CSB Study Bible (Nashville: Holman, 2017) in light of a significant theological discussion among evangelicals, namely Calvinistic theology. A Bible you can share with anyone you meet, no matter their background & teach from with confidence. This is the true basis for finding a study Bible that will work for you. There is no repenting from sin since the most evil thing is the sinner's own actions, thoughts, and words. I’m glad the review was helpful. Which version(s) do you read from that doesn’t have any notes/notations? Analysis: Every sentence in the quotation above from the study notes contains theological definitions and presuppositions affirmed by Calvinists only. It is a pretty big Bible as most study Bibles tend to be. The CSB was created using Optimal Equivalence, a translation philosophy that balances linguistic precision to the original languages and readability in contemporary English. Blessings! Although I have not reviewed that resource, you might have seen my review on this site of his Biblical Doctrine. ‘You’ is variously interpreted as a reference to the letter’s Christian recipients (identified in 1:1) or else more broadly as all people. Sale $34.99. With those preliminary remarks in mind, I will proceed with the review. For that reason, I am willing to grant that one could affirm the interpretation of the study note whether or not one affirmed Calvinism. The study note on 1 Tim 2:5–6 states: “These verses provide the theological basis for the preceding statement that God wants people to be saved.”, Analysis: The comment on those verses omits one significant word: all. With that said, I have benefited from several study Bibles in the past, including the NIV Student Bible, NIV Study Bible, and Life Application Bible (especially for its discussion questions). The CSB Spurgeon Study Bible features the highly readable, highly reliable text of the Christian Standard Bible® (CSB). Analysis: The study note on 2 Peter 3:9 distinguishes itself in two ways. If you want to be told how to apply Scripture to become a better leader, you’ll love the Maxwell Leadership Bible (authority & application). Christian Standard Bible — Pros and Cons Some claim the Christian Standard Bible is too literal (formal equivalence), and some say it is too free (dynamic equivalence). What is the philosophy of the translation, and did the translators follow that philosophy consistently? Please review our current Faith Groups list for information on which faith groups are considered to be Christian faiths. At the risk of simplifying a lengthy essay on a complex discussion into a chart, the work above can be illustrated as follows: The study notes on selected texts in the CSB Study Bible are consistent with which theological interpretation? In many cases, individuals who provided study notes for a Bible book have written entire commentaries on the book, such as NOBTS colleague R. Dennis Cole (on Numbers) as well as Eugene Merrill (on Deuteronomy) and Ray Clendenen (on Malachi). 2 All these blessings will come and overtake you, because you obey the Lord your God: Wish I could be there to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Traditional Statement. Quick View . A ccording to Calvinist TULIP theology, God unconditionally and “sovereignly” elects who will be saved, and this election has nothing to do with anything the sinner does, including exercising faith in the gospel. The Spurgeon Study Bible is published in Holman’s own translation, the Christian Standard Bible (CSB). As regards the (un)conditionality of salvation, the disagreements between Calvinists and Arminians/non-Calvinists are simply not reconcilable. Digital. Fourth, in this review I am not arguing for or against Calvinistic theology. Instead, the idea that Jesus died for the sins of the whole world is described as not affirming universalism. If foreknown means “to know beforehand” (against the explanation of the study notes), then predestination refers to the sanctification of believers, not the salvation of unbelievers (against the study notes, which refers to “those whom God set his electing love upon in eternity past”). Regular $69.99. A Bible translation that new believers can understand & one that every believer can turn to for lifelong discipleship. The CSB incorporates advances in biblical scholarship to improve upon translation decisions, word choice, and style. One of the most commonly quoted verses regarding salvation, by Calvinists and Christians alike is Ephesians 2:8,9. Timothy George and John Albert Broadus, Baptist Confessions, Covenants, and Catechisms (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1996), 11. Blessings, Dexter! Well, if you ask a Calvinist, then you are going to get a flat out “yes”. With the goals of increased fidelity to the original Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic texts and increased clarity for today’s readers, the Translation Oversight Committee has updated the text of the Holman Christian Standard Bible. Calvin, J., & Anderson, J. How does the translation render key theological terms and deal with gender-inclusiveness? This study note, consistent with Calvinistic interpretation, fails to affirm God wants all people to be saved—despite the Bible itself stating in verse 4 of the CSB that God “wants everyone to be saved.”. 4. Shareable. Is this a reference to physical, spiritual, or eternal death? Third, verse 29 states those foreknown were predestined to be conformed to the image of Jesus. Since then, the Bible has been translated into many more languages. This theme serves as a foundation for the entire opening section of Ephesians, which includes the phrases God ‘chose us’ (v. 4); ‘predestined us’ (v. 5); and ‘predestined according to his plan’ (v. 11). 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