Last month I mentioned how I was in the market for a really good high quality leather Bible. In particular I’ve had my eye on these two:
I don’t own a hard copy of the NRSV (although I do own a hard copy of the NRSV Apocrypha) so I thought that would be a good choice. But I’m a KJV fanatic (since it’s the Bible I ‘grew up’ on) and I’d really love something single-columned, plus I have David Norton’s book A Textual History of the King James Bible that is basically a companion to this New Cambridge Paragraph KJV.
But various comments from Theophrastus and Kevin Edgecomb have me reconsidering the the leather NRSV and really the whole leather thing altogether. For one, I just received a leather Personal Size ESV Reference Bible from Crossway and I like it a lot but the leather hasn’t wowed me like I thought it would. Secondly, these leathers Bibles are really expensive. Thirdly, one of my main reasons for wanting a high quality leather Bible was that they have sewn binding. Theophrastus has assured me that good quality hardcovers do as well (the hardcover HCSB Study Bible I just got has sewn binding and it’s done very well).
So here’s what I’m thinking—for a third of the price I can get the New Cambridge Paragraph Bible with Apocrypha in hardcover. I’m assuming that it will have sewn binding and lay open flat in my hand (which is a major reason I had my sights set on leather — when I’m teaching or preaching at church it’s helpful to have a Bible that I can walk and talk with). I don’t imagine it will have a ribbon marker, which bums me out a bit, but at a third of the price I can do without it. The upshot here is that I can get some other stuff (like a hardcover ESV with Apocrypha) along with it rather than breaking the bank on one leather Bible.
I haven’t made up my mind as of yet but I’m really considering going against the grain (pun intended) and leaving the leather alone for right now. Comments trying to persuade or dissuade me are encouraged.