I just received my ESV study Bible today and I am loving it. It is crazy thick and for good reason. The Gender Blog has interviewed New Testament scholar Dr. Tom Schreiner who was the New Testament editor for the ESV Study Bible. Click here to read the whole interview. Below is and excerpt:
Crossway, an evangelical publishing company openly committed to complementarianism, this week released a landmark resource, the ESV Study Bible. The first print run of 100,000 sold out even before the publication date. New Testament scholar Tom Schreiner served as the New Testament editor of the study Bible. Gender Blog sat down with Dr. Schreiner and asked him about the gargantuan effort that went into producing the 2,500-plus-page resource. Schreiner serves as professor of New Testament interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, is preaching elder at Clifton Baptist Church in Louisville and is a member of The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood’s board of reference. He is the author of numerous books, including the recently-released New Testament Theology: Magnifying God in Christ. He co-edited Women in the Church: An Analysis and Application of 1 Timothy 2:9-15 with Andreas Kostenberger.
Gender Blog: This is a massive volume. How much work goes into assimilating so many different writers and so many different parts that go into putting together a study Bible that is so ambitious in scope?
Tom Schreiner: It was a massive project and I think it took only three years. It was amazing; we met the deadline. A lot of the credit goes to Justin Taylor and Lane Dennis. Justin had to put this together and be responsible to contact everyone. The amount of work he did was incredible. Wayne Grudem as the general editor did an amazing amount of work as well. In a way my task was easier in that it was very defined. We all had a role. We met in a room in the beginning and selected the contributors. That was a very crucial decision. Then Justin edited it, I would edit it, Wayne would edit it and we would send it back to the author, so it was a long process. It was crucial that when I received the contributions that I edited them right away. We knew we had to turn things around quickly. The key was that we had excellent contributors. I felt from the beginning we had great people.
GB: What were the theological criteria for selecting contributors?
Schreiner: That they were broadly evangelical, that they were excellent scholars and of course everybody had to hold to the inerrancy of Scripture. We had a Pentecostals, Arminians, Lutherans and we tried to have people internationally. We had a wide representation of evangelicalism in terms of eschatology and baptism-we didn’t take sides on those issues-so we tried to represent both sides on issues like those.