The Tower of Bible-on

Inspired by this post (and this series), and acknowledging that all of my Bibles are *not* leather, I felt like taking a picture of my Bible stack. It was hard to capture, so here are two views, labeled from bottom to top:

(the stacks differ in each picture)

In the bottom picture:

1. Bottom: Thompson Chain Reference, KJV. Cowhide, bonded leather. Published by B.B. Kirkbride Bible Co. from Indianapolis. I got this as a kid and used it a lot. I used to read KJV all the time as a kid, I wish I could now.

2. ESV Study Bible. Crossway Bibles, Wheaton, Illinois. This thing is so big that is almost unusable.

3. The New English Bible with Apocrypha. Hardcover from Oxford and Cambridge University Press. I love the single column but the NEB is very erratic.

4. The New Oxford Annotated Bible, RSV. Hardcover from Oxford University Press. The study notes are totally liberal and sold out to higher criticism, but the text itself is very nice.

5. The NRSV Notetaker’s Bible with the Apocrypha. Hardcover from Oxford University Press.

6. ESV. Hardcover from Crossway Bibles. This was the first ESV I received back in 2001.

7. ESV Classic Thinline edition. Crossway Bibles. This thing hasn’t seen that much use and it is already falling apart.

8. New English Bible, pew version illustrated by Horace Knowles. Hardcover from Oxford and Cambridge University Press. I bought this due to the illustrations, Knowles did some really cool work.

9. RSV rebound by Mechling Bookbindery. Published by Thomas Nelson & Sons. This was a gift to my Mom from my Dad at Christmas 1969. It was heavily used and the pages are pretty yellow in spots. Still, it’s sad to see something fall apart so quickly.

10. KJV published by Cambridge University Press and rebound by Mechling. My Mom picked this up in 1976 and put it through its paces. The cover was a shambles and the text block was detaching from the covers, but the pages are in decent shape due to the quality of the paper.

11. Confraternity New Testament, translated from the Latin Vulgate. Hardcover from St. Anthony Guild Press, Paterson NJ in 1941. An interesting one column version brought to my attention by the Bible Design blog last year.

12. NASB Pitt Minion Reference Edition. Goatskin leather by Cambridge University Press. The print on this thing is so small that my old eyes almost can’t read it, but it is a really nice version.

13. NASB Reference Edition, Cambridge University Press, hardcover with India paper. Rebound by Frank Powell. This is my favorite Bible. It is the perfect size and the font size is very readable. I received it in 1983 and it has held up very well. Back then the NASB still used ‘thee’ and ‘thou’ when addressing God in prayer and I think it’s a great modern translation.

14. A Grammatical Analysis of the Greek New Testament. Soft-cover from Editrice Pontificio Istituto Biblico, Rome. This book is groovy.

15. KJV Transetto Edition, Cambridge University Press. The most unique Bible I have due to its format.

Extras in the top picture:

1. The Promise, Contemporary English Version. Soft-cover from Thomas Nelson. This is one of the endless modern language versions, but it’s actually surprisingly good in places.

2. Holy Bible, Today’s English Version and Today’s Chinese Version, published by the United Bible Societies. A side by side English and Chinese version that my sister bought me in Taiwan. It’s not quite leather but not quite anything else either; very hard to describe.

5 thoughts on “The Tower of Bible-on”

  1. Nice! Sadly for the sense of room, my stack of “Bibles” is over two normal book cases. (I have a few more Bibles in England also) Btw, let me recommend the NET Bible, I have a genuine leather black. You can get it of course On-line also.

    And, let me recommend the R. L. Allan Bible’s (Glasgow, Scotland), check them out on-line. Perhaps the best made goatskin Bible made today! And they make the NRSV too, if that is your fav today? I have the NASB on backorder, goatskin dark brown. And I have too the ESV goatskin, black. It has the side reference also. As will the NASB when I get that.

  2. Oh, and I concur with your impression of the ESV thin line. I have one that had not received that much use and already the fake leather cover started falling apart! Inexcusable in my opinion. A paperback would hold up better.

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