Most articles about choosing a Bible for preaching focus on choosing a Bible translation. That’s important, but what if you already know what translation you’re going to use and you really want to know how to choose a Bible to preach from? There are many things to consider in choosing a Bible: book size, font size, features, etc. I’ve written an article for the Faithlife blog that on this very topic. You can read it here: How to Choose a Bible for Preaching ...Read More
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 love Bible marking. I’ve developed my marking methods since the early 80’s and it changes a little every time I change my primary Bible. Easy Bible Marking Guide is my Kindle book that details my Bible marking methods. This post is an excerpt that ebook. Why Mark Your Bible? Bible marking is a form of inductive study and can be a great way to interact with the scriptures. Your marked Bible will be a reflection of your study of God’s Word. It becomes personal. Over time, it becomes a companion and an invaluable study Bible. No two marked...Read More
A recent article in Christianity Today, titled Hacking the Bible, discusses the use of technology to pick and choose verses from 30 translations and placing them together to build your own version. This means that everyone, with no knowledge of Greek or Hebrew, can build their own translation. Everyone from common people, to celebrities, to preachers, to atheists, can build a version of the Bible. The article gives some examples: choosing among the many translation possibilities for each phrase in 1 Corinthians 13:2— “understand all mysteries” vs. “know all mysteries,” and “have not love” vs. “do not love” This raises many questions and concerns. Do we do this anyway? We all choose a Bible translation for ourselves, our families, and our Churches based on our own beliefs. Some choose the KJV because they like the poetic language; others choose the ESV because of its popularity among scholars, while others choose the NIV because of its readability. Aren’t we already choosing a translation based on our own tastes? Would it be any different to choose individual verses based on our personal beliefs or agendas? Not all translations are created equal. One of the greatest problems I see with this is not every translation has rendered a verse accurately or with the same purpose. What could happen if we take a verse from a literal translation and blend it with a...Read More
I own and use both red-letter and black-letter editions of the Bible. I don’t really have a favorite between the two for several reasons. I use one for reading and another for serious study. Also, red-letter is usually not done to my liking. There are different versions of red-letter printing. For example, Cambridge prints the words of Christ on Earth in red, while other publishers print all the words of Christ in red- including from Acts to Revelation. I prefer all of the words of Christ in red, not just while Jesus was on Earth. One problem with this is that there is some controversy with a few verses (particularly in Revelation). I’ve only seen one Bible that has the words of God in the OT in red (maybe it was blue). That would be nice too. There are many shades of red that publishers use. Kirkbride’s red-letter is closer to the pink range. Other publishers use a faint print that is hard to see. Still others use a shade that looks more brown than red. My hat goes to Cambridge. Red-letter text in Cambridge editions are a bold red. Cambridge has by far my favorite shade of red. LCBPs red-letter edition looks to be on par with Cambridge (from the pictures I’ve seen). Another problem is consistency. This goes for both black and red-letter. Some Bibles have dark...Read More
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