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Bible Consumerism—Bible Envy

by Stephen Hebert on Friday - 2 March 2007

in This and That

OK, I am a Bible consumer. Step one is admitting my problem.

In other posts, I have talked about how I have shopped around for translations (here), and how I ultimately settled down with the ESV. Additionally, there are blogs out there, such as the Better Bibles Blog, which can really illuminate all of the possibilities.

However, while I find myself disgruntled with various translations, angry at the lack of useful notes (usually, notes at the bottom are just not interesting to me) or cross-references, I still find myself drawn to the Bibles section of bookstores. Initially, I’m hoping to find the perfect Bible that fits all of my criteria. Then, I realize, that what I’m really looking for is just the latest and greatest thing.

Bibles are always going to be a bit of a disappointment for me. Why? Because I’m not designing them. Until Thomas Nelson or Crossway or Zondervan talks to me, there just isn’t going to be a perfect Bible in my eyes. Until they commit to the Hebert Edition, I’ll just have to make do.

I may be disappointed, but this doesn’t stop me from thirsting after different editions.

Journaling Bible (ESV)The latest Bible to tickle my fancy is Crossway’s “Journaling Bible.” Essentially, it’s a moleskine-inspired Bible. If you don’t use moleskine notebooks, either you’re not cool, or you’re way too cool. Essentially, a moleskine is a small, hard cover notebook. Typically, they are black with an elastic band and a handy-dandy pocket inside. You can get them ruled, squared, blank, sketch papered, etc. They look really nice sitting in a pretty row on a shelf. Love ’em.

Crossway’s Journaling Bible looks and feels exactly like a huge moleskine. The aesthetics here are a big draw. But an even bigger bonus is that each page features a 2″ ruled margin for writing notes. This is one of my dream Bible features!!!

But, it’s not perfect.

First, it lacks cross-references. For me, this is almost essential. I’m not sure how I’ve managed to survive without them in my current Crossway “TruTone Slimline” ESV edition. Nevertheless, I have survived—so, it must be possible.

The second drawback is that the font is 7.5 point. That’s pretty tiny. There is no way I can possibly use this Bible 20 years from now…my failing eye-sight won’t allow it.

But the paper feels so nice, and the margins look so good.

I’m a hopeless Bible consumer. I want it. I’ve already told my wife that this is what I need for Christmas.

Will I have to wait until December 2007? Probably not…

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