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Quality Bibles?

Discussion in 'Books & Publications Forum' started by tyndale1946, Jul 15, 2002.

  1. tyndale1946

    tyndale1946 Well-Known Member

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    What is the best quality Bible... I prefer the King James Version on the market. Which publishing house produces the best quality Bible according to paper, ink used, binding, and leather. I want a bible that will stand the test of time and not fall apart. I hear the best is Cambridge... is this so? If it is so why is it?... Brother Glen [​IMG]
     
  2. jmbertrand

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    Brother Glen,

    If you're looking for the best quality KJV, I would suggest that you try RL Allan (www.bibles-direct.com). I have an Oxford bound by RL Allan in Cape Levant Goatskin, full yapp, and it is extremely nice. Cambridge is definitely the best production Bible, but I think RL Allan can give them a run for their money when it comes to exotic editions.

    Mark
     
  3. Dr. Bob

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    I would recommend you NOT get a Scofield Reference Bible KJV. I have had three in my lifetime and have had many parishoners with them since it is a conservative study Bible.

    They all "break" at Genesis 1-3 and soon pages are falling out. Perhaps in modern printings they've corrected this, but it is a private joke among those of us who use them that they do not hold up well.
     
  4. jmbertrand

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    Another possibility to investigate is the Nelson Signature KJVs. I believe the study Bible is already out, and supposedly the slimline KJV is available (though I have yet to see it at my local bookstore, which stocks the rest). This series is a kind of deluxe edition printed on special paper, bound in very flexible, rich leather. My wife has the NKJV slimline and it is produced to a very high standard.

    Mark
     
  5. jmbertrand

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    One last contribution. Since you mentioned Cambridge, I should share my experiences with Cambridge Bibles. I have quite a few of them -- the Bible I'm currently teaching from is the wide margin KJV in calfskin -- and they really are the market leader in terms of quality. Once you've used a Cambridge Bible for a while, what the other major publishers call 'genuine leather' will not impress you too much.

    Having said that, if you go the Cambridge route, shop around. Even within specific lines, there is a fairly wide range of variation. For example, I have two of the wide margins, and the first featured calfskin so stiff it was a pain to open. The second is supple and flexible. Your best option is to find a store that stocks a variety of Cambridge Bibles and handle them all.

    Mark
     
  6. tyndale1946

    tyndale1946 Well-Known Member

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    Mark I thank you and Dr. Bob for the suggestions and will sure go into the handling business to find which one feels right for me... Brother Glen [​IMG]
     
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    Actually Dr. Bob, I've found they still have the same problem. I've got a friend who got his last one through "Bearing Precious Seed" and it has held up stupendously! [​IMG] Just a thought!

    B.T.
    :rolleyes: :eek: [​IMG]
     
  8. Terry_Herrington

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    I blieve that Cambridge is one of the top bibles on the market. I have one that I love. Also, I have a Thompson Chain Reference Bible, printed by Kirkbride. It is made to a high quality and will, no doubt, stand the test of time. I know a man who used one for 25 years and never had a crack in the binding or a page come out of it. He told me the secret was to oil the leather once in a while. I took his advice and have seen bibles last far longer than I had experienced in the past. :D
     
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    Tthis thread made me check to see if I still had
    one particular Bible around. Sure enough, there
    it was, back behind the other ones on the shelf.
    Not sure why it was there at all.

    Don't buy this one: Nelsons KJB Study Bible
    with wide margins. I had it One Single Month
    before the last few pages, which included part
    of the index and all the maps, separated.
    Before another month, the front inside cover
    started separating.

    I had bought it on sale for $39 + tax and soon
    learned why it was so cheap! I had been very
    careful, upon first buying it, to open it properly
    and to carefully loosen the pages as sug-
    gested. I even carried it In The Box I bought it
    in, still it fell apart. Fortunately, I contacted
    Nelson, they sent me a catalog, and they
    allowed to choose a new Bible.
     
  10. hawg_427

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    jmbertrand,

    I just received a Cambridge Wde-Margin in Goatskin leather, the leather is so soft and supple. How would you compare the Cambridge Goatskin to the Allan's Bible Highland Goatskin in the Oxford Bible that you own? I think I will order one from Allan's next time to see what theres is like.

    hawg427
     
  11. Rippon

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    Topic aside , I am amazed that this particular thread was not archived . The OP began more than 5 years ago !

    I have revived threads that were a bit more than 12 months old , but 65 months ? WOW .
     
  12. webdog

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    FYI...jimbetrand is no longer a member, and will not be able to answer you.
     
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