There have been so many people write about their experiences in opening their first high-end Bible from R. L. Allan and Sons from Glasgow, Scotland. In case you’re wondering, this is another post about one of the fine offerings from that venerable old book binder, which has been producing quality craftsmanship since 1863.
My first encounter with high-end Bibles was about six years ago at our Florida Camp Meeting. I found a great little Nelson Signature Series Reference Edition, which, sadly, they have chosen not to produce any more. Now, the company still makes a slim line version, but that just doesn’t agree very well with my older eyes. It would certainly be nice if Nelson would produce more of the reference editions like the one I have. Hint! Hint! I had no idea at the time what a wonderfully crafted Bible was in my possession.
Several months ago I found Mark Bertrand’s excellent blog, Bible Design & Binding, and have been fascinated with quality high-end Bibles ever since. Mark has quite a talent for reviewing Bibles of all sorts, combining text with graphics to produce highly informative posts. I will warn anyone who wants to venture over to Mark’s site – it is dangerous. The way he describes the Bibles he chooses to review makes you want to get at least one of each. That’s what I call dangerous!
My choice in Bibles has been the old King James Version ever since I can remember. Thankfully, that’s not the only one I read; there are plenty of versions to choose from. In fact, there are four which interest me quite a bit. My post, Other Than the KJV?, lists the ones I prefer above others I’ve seen.
After spending some time at Mark’s blog, a version new to me began to pique my interest, so it was off to do some studying on the matter. Mark introduced me to the English Standard Version, and I am grateful beyond words. It is now the version of choice for my daily Bible reading (here and here), and has become the one I preach from most often. Thank you, Mark, and others on his blog who made a positive impression on me.
One of my church members came to the parsonage on Christmas morning, 2008, and handed me a gift. It was in the shape of a book, and I had some suspicions, which were true. She had bought me a tan Allan’s ESV1 from the sole US distributor, evangelicalbible.com. Actually, you can buy Allan bibles from either the site mentioned here or directly from the publisher at Allan’s Bibles-Direct.com. Either way, you’ll be getting the finest craftsmanship available today. That tan is absolutely beautiful.
If you had smello-vision, you would be able to get a sense of what the goatskin leather smells like. You need to be able to hold this bible in your hands in order to feel how soft and pliable it is. The only other Bible I’ve seen that comes close is the Nelson Signature Series.
A friend blessed me so I was able to order the new chocolate brown ESV1 directly from Scotland last week. It took less than a week to get here, and came in the mail today. That’s fast in anyone’s book. I took some unpacking photos of the new brown Bible, and would like to share them with you. Honestly, I didn’t know about the colored ribbons at first, but now that the Bible is here in front of me, it is easy to concede Allan’s choice is more than satisfactory. BTW, the ribbon colors are brown, green and purple. This makes marking passages easier, IMHO.
What about you? Do you own any quality-bound Bibles? Do you have any Allan’s? Once you get your hands on one of them, you’ll know what quality workmanship means. The Bibles they produce should last many, many years, and quite likely can be handed down to other generations.
Now, this post can’t be only about craftsmanship and colors. The main objective is to have a Bible you will read and enjoy. Read its pages to learn about the love of God, the forgiveness of God and the healing power of God. Meditate on His eternal Word for life’s instructions and for daily encouragement. God’s Word will absolutely change your life for the better if you will ask the Lord to help you understand it; you must then walk in that revelation – you must live according to what the Lord reveals to you.
Read what David wrote as he looked out into the stars one night thousands of years ago:
Psalm 19:1-3 ESV
1 The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
2 Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
3 There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
After looking at the stats for top posts, I have come to the conclusion people are more interested in Linux than this finely crafted bible. Of the top six posts, this is number five. This is not a scientific exercise, just an observation. Actually, I am quite pleased this post is getting the attention it is. Thanks for stopping by to look.
Now, there’s one more thing before you go, so please bear with me for a moment of your time. Would you please take the following poll?
I hope you end up with one of these well-made bibles and you put it to good use.