Many people read the King James Version of the Bible because they love the connection it has to historical Christianity. The Authorized Version “speaks” to us in a way that is classic, timeless, and beautiful. This is the Bible the Puritans, the Colonial Calvinists like Jonathan Edwards, and fiery golden-mouthed preachers like Charles Spurgeon used and loved. It was the Bible of the founders of the America and of Billy Graham. Until the advent of the “modern translation,” the King James Bible was the Bible of the English speaking world. Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible For this reason, Reformation Heritage Press has given the conservative, evangelical Christian world a major gift in the new KJV Study Bible. This will be a Bible that KJV readers, especially those of a Reformed and Confessional perspective, will treasure for generations. Because of the theological perspective of the editors, though, it may not be for everyone. (More on that below). Quick Facts: Publisher: Reformation Heritage Books Layout: Double column; verse-by-verse; full study Bible annotation Binding: Hardback, sewn binding Font: text, 10pt. Notes 8pt. (approximate) Ribbons: none Extras: Presentation pages, theological articles, one to three page book introductions, several historic creeds and the Reformed Confessions (Dordt, Belgic, Heidelberg, Westminster, etc.), twenty centuries historical overview, concordance, Bible reading guide, color maps. Price: $29.oo (hardback) Theological Perspective Let’s jump right into the theological position of the Bible to determine if it...Read More
Author: Matthew Everhard
This website is about Bibles. Especially well-made Bibles! We love them. We smell the leather, and analyze the paper. Here at the Bible Buying Guide, Bible editions score high marks with us by featuring real leather covers (goat, sheep, cow – just not bonded!) sewn bindings (stitching not glue!) and modern features such as high quality paper and line-matching. We buy, collect, and trade. It’s our hobby and passion. And so it was a great reminder for me when I attended the local Gideon International chapter’s recent Pastors’ Appreciation dinner last week. Together, we celebrated one of the Bibles that God is using to change the world: the small, 4.75″ X 3″ pocket New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs. Let’s go ahead and do a quick review, and then I’ll tell you why God is using it all over the world. Translation: New King James Cover: Plastic Liner: Paper Font: 6pt (or smaller) Columns: Double Binding: Sewn Features: Presentation page, “Where to find it in the Bible,” plan of salvation, a few hymns Cost: Free If we judged this little wonder by some of the high-quality editions we like here on this site, it wouldn’t be memorable. This isn’t a Cambridge! The cover is plastic, it doesn’t stay open, and you need a old-school monocle to read it. But here’s why I believe this Bible is being used by God to change the world: it...Read More
I am a history nut. My family traces its German lineage back to 1265, and my Church comes from a branch of the Christian family tree that joyfully embraces our heritage, rooting back to the times of the Reformation (1500’s) and beyond. So yeah, I like old stuff. This is one of the reasons that I met and fell in love with Bibles published by Cambridge. Besides being on the front lines of the world’s highest quality Bibles today, Cambridge also has the distinction of being the world’s oldest continuous Bible producer, having begun in the year 1591. It is a delight to my hands and heart to hold a Bible made by a press house that predates the King James Bible of 1611. Think about that! When you purchase a Cambridge Bible today, you receive a small certification that reads as follows, “Cambridge University Press is the oldest Printer and Publisher in the world. The Press’s first Bible, printed in 1591, was an edition of the Geneva Bible – the translation that crossed to America with the Pilgrim Fathers. This established an unbroken four-hundred year tradition of printing and publishing the Bible” (emphasis added). Wow. When the Authorized Version supplanted the Geneva Bible, the Tyndale, the Bishop’s Bible, and the Coverdale in the early 17th century as the most dominant English translation the world has ever known, Cambridge began producing the time-honored...Read More
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