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  • J. Randal Matheny 11:41 am on 2014-07-23 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bible printings, , Bibles   

    Beautiful Bible with no chapters or verses 

    Very interesting project here, a shame it’s not an updated Bible version:


    There are a few Bibles out there with just the text, no chapter or verse divisions or notes or other distractions. Are you aware of any of these? If so, please provide a link or description on the comments.

    • Mark Register 11:51 am on 2014-07-23 Permalink | Reply

      The ESV Reader’s Bible. The link is for the imitation leather cover from Amazon.

    • Mark Register 11:54 am on 2014-07-23 Permalink | Reply

      • Randal 12:24 pm on 2014-07-23 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Mark, for this fine link. I looked at the video, and the chapter and verse numbers have been removed from within the text and moved to the margin. So it’s a bit of fudging, but certainly a better reading experience.

    • jmregi7837 12:28 pm on 2014-07-23 Permalink | Reply

      Oh, okay. The way I understood it is that the only chapter and verse numbers are ranges (ie they show the first and last verse on a page). That way you can go to a study bible, etc. and study deeper into what you read.

      • Randal 12:38 pm on 2014-07-23 Permalink | Reply

        From the info, it appears that way. But the video shots show them in the margins. Still valid your link, however. Thanks!

    • RichardS 11:55 pm on 2014-07-24 Permalink | Reply

      I went to the bibliotheca website to check it out. At first glance it seems ok but to me it should be thoroughly checked out before recommending it to anyone. Are you familiar with the creator of this remake of the ASV? Did you know that he, Adam Lewis Greene, was going to include the books of apocrypha in his edition and that he will use YHWH for the name of GOD instead of JEHOVAH, which seems to be the trend in some denominations?

      • Randal 4:42 am on 2014-07-25 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, I’m aware of the approach. We trust our readers to check out any works mentioned here. His work does not include the Apocrypha.

        • RichardS 9:40 am on 2014-07-25 Permalink | Reply

          If you go to his website and click on kickstarter you will see where he says that if he gets enough support he will include the books of apocrypha with every set he ships.

  • J. Randal Matheny 8:00 am on 2014-07-22 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bibles,   

    Forever Bible 

    Interesting project for KJV, NIV, and ESV versions, though I’d like to know more about who’s behind it. They’re apparently attempting to fund it through kickstarter.


    Maybe I can put a bug in the ear of the NET Bible people to do an edition in this Forever Bible.

  • J. Randal Matheny 12:56 pm on 2014-07-11 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bibles   

    Disposing of unuseable Bibles 

    A Baptist pastor suggests a “liturgy” and burial for damaged copies of the Bible. Didn’t know Southern Baptists did liturgy, but times are a-changing, and that’s beside the point. Much of what he says is spot on. Baptists can get some things right.

    Here’s the question for you: How do you practice, or suggest, disposing of Bibles that are damaged or no longer useable? Or is a question that doesn’t deserve much thought? Just chunk it in the trash?


    • John Henson 1:07 pm on 2014-07-11 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve never thrown one away. Some have disappeared.

      • Randal 2:19 pm on 2014-07-11 Permalink | Reply

        You must (1) buy top-notch quality and (2) handle them very carefully. 🙂

    • Frances 2:41 pm on 2014-07-11 Permalink | Reply

      We ship them to Guyana, South America. Years ago, a young preacher in New Amsterdam was asking for song books. My husband said, all we have to get rid of are old, with some torn pages and the backs are loose. The young preacher looked my husband straight in the eye and said, “Damaged song books are better than no song book at all!” We need to realize that damaged Bibles are better than no Bible at all! A 42 year old man had been given a Bible in an Amerindian village, and he said, “This is the first time in my life I have had a Bible in my hands.

    • Eugene Adkins 3:04 pm on 2014-07-11 Permalink | Reply

      Tough one for me. I’ve never thrown one away; not even the little New Testament ones that got a little more than rough. I don’t think it’s a sin to throw one away but for me it’s tough.

      Good question.

      • Randal 3:06 pm on 2014-07-11 Permalink | Reply

        I, too, have a hard time pitching a Bible, Eugene. I wind up giving them away. Or stowing them somewhere. More for my kids to do when I kick the bucket, yes?

    • Lisa C. 3:07 pm on 2014-07-11 Permalink | Reply

      Do you have a website where my family can send my Bible collections to when I’m gone?

      • Randal 3:10 pm on 2014-07-11 Permalink | Reply

        Lisa, that’s a great question, and we’ll see if some of our Fellows might find a place. If Frances is following this thread, maybe she can also share.

      • Frances 3:23 pm on 2014-07-11 Permalink | Reply

        Mission work in Guyana, South America among the Amerindians, if you are interested.

        • Randal 3:25 pm on 2014-07-11 Permalink | Reply

          Frances, do you have a contact, name, phone number, website, something somebody can use to make good on their offer to donate? Thanks for sharing this.

    • Frances 4:47 pm on 2014-07-11 Permalink | Reply

      Amerindian Missions ~ Guyana
      Jerry O. Davidson, Missionary
      Summerdale church of Christ
      P.O. Box 314
      Summerdale, AL 36180
      251 626 9578

    • Scott Shifferd Jr. 3:23 pm on 2014-07-12 Permalink | Reply

      When we have left over Lord’s Supper, I pray over it as a common meal, and I consume it or dispose of it. I get this idea for sanctifying food with prayer from 1 Timothy 4.3-5. Likewise when a Bible is falling apart, I thank God for its use and bury it. May it nourish the ground for another good purpose and produce.

      • Randal 5:10 pm on 2014-07-12 Permalink | Reply

        Scott, I like the comparison to the Lord’s supper, and your procedure.

  • Richard Mansel 11:26 am on 2013-06-01 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Bibles, itching ears, itching eyes, ,   

    Digital Technologies and Itching Eyes 


    The Bible is God’s Word (2 Timothy 3:16-17), and we must respect it with great reverence. Paul says that we should “not even think beyond what is written” (1 Corinthians 4:6). When we stand to preach and teach, we must never step outside of God’s Word (1 Peter 4:11).

    “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching” (2 Timothy 4:2).

    We should not be afraid of the faces of the doubters and haters (Jeremiah 1:8). We should be fearless as we spread His Word because nothing can stop Christ’s mission (Matthew 16:18).

    However, Paul followed up his admonition to “Preach the Word” with the following sobering reminder:

    “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires,because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables” (2 Timothy 4:3-4).

    People find preachers who will tell them what they want to hear rather than how they can submit before God in humility. Thanks to the influx of versions of the Bible, people can do the same thing with Scripture. They can find whatever translation that suits them best. Activist groups even make their own Bibles to prove their ideas.

    A recent article said:

    In future people will be able to create their own version of the Bible as multiple interpretations appear online, allowing a different view of the sacred text, according to the country’s leading Biblical scholar.

    David Parker, Professor of Theology at the University of Birmingham, said different translations and readings of the Bible, from the 4th Century until now are already available online.

    He predicted people will download the versions they like best, perhaps even mixing and matching different readings of the Gospels to suit their tastes and even making annotations.

    “In the world we are entering, the concept of the Bible will be completely different,” he said. “It has become like an individual copy you have, you can annotate it and change it within the bounds of technological abilities.”

    What will be the implications, both positive and negative, of these technologies?

    They can be useful as they allow us to have more information in our hands. And when people have the Word of God, they are blessed. Yet, we cannot forget the warnings of Paul. Anything that can be used for good, will also be used for evil (Ephesians 6:12).

    People with itching ears can also have itching eyes, seeking out “versions” that absolve them of sins. Only the blood of Christ can wash away sins (1 John 1:7), and compromise is not the way of God (John 8:44).

    What are your thoughts?

  • John Henson 9:25 am on 2010-11-19 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bibles, collections   

    Collection of Bibles 

    A collection of Bibles is steadily becoming a growing presence on my office bookshelf. I just can’t help it. Whenever I see a good Bible online or at a bookstore, I buy. I’ve got KJVs, ASVs, NASU, NASBs, NLTs, Goodspeed, Young’s, Phillips’, ESVs (several of those), NRSVs with apocrypha, NRSVs without apocrypha, McCord’s, regular print, large print, super giant print, hardback, leatherflex, simulated leather, bonded leather, genuine leather, testaments, reference bibles, and even two NIVs (I forgot to list.

    By the way, if you don’t see something here you think I might be interested in, just leave me a note.

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