The cover of the Bible is a very important feature and should be chosen carefully. I recommend buying the best cover you can afford. A badly made cover will greatly shorten the life of the Bible, whereas a Bible with a high quality cover has a better chance of lasting a life-time. Here is a short glossary of Bible cover terms. Smyth Sewn – also known as ‘Section Sewn’. This is the highest quality book-binding available. It is library quality and archival safe. The pages are physically sewn together in sections, known as signatures, using binders thread. Usually around 24 pages, the signatures are folded over to make individual sections of the book. The sections are then sewn together, creating the text block. The text block is then glued into the cover using a fabric backing, imitation leather, bonded leather, or real leather. Genuine Leather – pigskin. This is the cheapest and most popular of real leathers. Berkshire – pigskin. Another term for Genuine Leather. Bonded Leather – chopped ham. Left-over leather pieces are glued together using glues and resins to form a leather-like cover. In general, bonded leathers will not last. They tear apart under regular use. Like all leathers, there are various qualities of bonded leather. Cambridge uses 100% real leather fiber. Cambridge bonded leathers will outlast some genuine leathers. Calfskin – a higher quality leather used...Read More
There are plenty of Bibles to choose from with many features including various papers, fonts, formats, translations, covers, references, notes, etc. If I were able to ‘Build-a-Bible’ I know what my Bible would look like. It would be my dream Bible. Here’s what features I would choose: Size: About the size of a Cambridge Concord Wide-margin would suit me just fine at 7.25×9. Slightly larger would be fine. With everything I would like to add, the Bible would end up being from 2-2.5 inches thick. That would be perfect. Translation: I’m used to KJV, so I’ll stick with that. Margin: I want a wide-margin, but not a standard wide-margin. I don’t like writing on the inside margin. My favorite margin is the Note-takers from LCBP. It has one column of text on the inside of the page and a 2.5 inch margin on the outside of every page. That will do just nicely. Paper: I want the paper from the Cambridge Concord Wide-margin. It is the perfect thickness and opacity. It doesn’t have a shine or glare and has a slight cream tone, making it easier on the eyes. The paper from the Archaeological Study Bible is nice too. I like the texture in the background and on the edges of the hard-cover edition. Font: I want a 10 to 12 point font. As far as style of font...Read More
Local Church Bible Publishers (LCBP) started in the early 90s publishing some of the best quality Bibles in print as part of a ministry to preserve the text of the King James Version. They also reprint old books. They do not believe in making money on God’s Word; instead, they sale their Bibles at the cost of production. This is a ministry of their church and the ladies in the shipping room are volunteers and deserve a love gift if possible. Be sure to click on the Missionaries tab. This tab explains how they are able to keep their prices low and tells all of the processes that are done by volunteers. LCBP offer Bibles in genuine leather from $40-50, top-grain cowhide from $45-55, and calfskin for $50-57. Amazing. And the quality is as good or better than anything on the market. The calf-skin is about the softest cover that I’ve seen on a Bible at any cost. I recommend any Bible from LCBP. You can watch a nice video on their website the shows the book-bindery process: Local Church Bible Publishers Home Page...Read More
I’ve searched for many years for the perfect Study Bible. I’ve tried many of the Bibles on the market and I’ve found things that I like and things that I don’t like in all of them. Through my years of Bible study I have found what does and does not work, and what I do and do not need in a Study Bible. I also have developed opinions as to what every person needs in personal Bible study. Let’s examine some features of Study Bibles and determine what makes a good Bible. Translation First of all… all Bibles in...Read More
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