Friday, July 18, 2008
Without realising, I have bought 8 new bibles during the past couple of months and I love each and every one of them. Reading bible has never been more "pleasurable".
Of the 8:
- NKJV x 2, NASB x 2, KJV x 2, NIV x 1, ESV x 1
- 6 Goatskin, 2 Calfskin
- 4 Cambridge, 3 Allan, 1 Crossway
- 7 with cross-reference, 1 without
- All smyth sewn
Personally, I use KJV & NKJV for scriptures memorisation & study (yes, I am a Textus Receptus guy.) NASB is my next favourite translation (for Critical Text) for bible study. I use NIV as main bible when reading together with my kids. And currently I am using ESV for devotional reading.
Of them all, the most unique/useful has to be this combo as pictured above - Cambridge Pitt-Minion & Wide-Margin. The layout of the text of both versions are exactly identical. So too are the cross-references. So u can quickly imagine the advantages in having this combo - especially in the "verses memorisation by location" category.
The Wide-Margin, as the name implies, has wider sides for note taking. And I find this feathure really useful and awesome for bible study. Only thing is, it is a bit too "wide" to carry to church ;)
Btw, Wide-Margin does have more in-depth concordance, and uses thicker paper.
I like the combo so much, I bought the NASB "combo" too (for my wife.) Now the dream is to have the Cambridge ESV "combo" next year...
And yes, the new Allan ESV1 is now only coming in Sept...of which my bro-in-law also pre-ordered one last week... :)