Holman Christian Standard Bible is derived from comments we received in user discussion groups, Shepherd said. Other topics discussed included the clarity and precision of the text, study features, formats and other details that would make the Holman CSBTMa top notch Bible translation for serious study.
In addition to producing an effective Bible translation for study purposes, Holman was also motivated by the desire to have access to a translation that was not subject to political correctness or marketing pressures.
The Holman CSBis in the hands of Christians who will safeguard it now and for future generations, Shepherd said. Pop culture has a way of twisting any spiritual truth so that its "ears are tickled." The Bible is a favorite target of those who would engage in such cultural gymnastics.
We want the Word of God to be preserved for the next millennium, and Holman will stand firm even as the cultural trends change around it. We will not compromise the Word of God or drift with the socio-political winds, he added.
Work on the Holman CSB began in 1984 under Arthur L. Farstad, the former general editor of the New King James Version. After his death in 1998, leadership of the project passed to Blum, a translation project colleague of Farstad's. Blum, a former pastor and Dallas Theological Seminary professor, holds doctoral degrees from DTS and the University of Basil in Switzerland.
Blum directs a team of more than 80 translators, editors and biblical scholars in the U.S., England, Scotland, Singapore, Israel, and Kenya, representing 20 different denominations and non-denominational churches. All members of the team affirm a personal belief in Biblical innerrancy.
The first available portion of the Holman CSB to be released has come in the form of Experiencing the Word Through the Gospels, a book that includes the complete text of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, notes from Experiencing God author Henry Blackaby, and the new word study feature.
Other currently available products featuring newly translated text from the Holman CSB include "The Christ We Knew", a devotional book featuring separate chapters from all four Gospels arranged in chronological order with accompanying commentary from author Calvin Miller. Living with the End in Sight, a study book including the full text of Revelation along with scholastic commentary from author Ken Easley, arrived in July 2000. The complete New Testament was released in January 2001, and is currently available in several styles, with others coming soon. The entire Bible is slated for release in 2004.