Bibles I Own

I have been meaning to get around and show the bibles I currently own. Always interested in what bible collections people have, so I thought I would take the time and share mine.

What Bible am I reading now a days? I have recently switched over to the Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB), as I find it literal enough, but yet has a nice modern English to it. I would love to own a premium leather version of this bible, but at this point I am going to wait as there are plans to release an updated version in 2009. I do find much use out of using various translations when I am doing my studies the NLT, and The Message for example sometimes help in drawing out the meaning of some difficult passages.

I just got my Revised English Bible (REB) in the mail last week and started to read it a bit, but have not spend enough time on it to comment. Although my purpose is not to post reviews on these bibles, I may on the Study Bibles that I own, but there are some really good reviews already done by some respected bloggers.

  1. Rick Mansfiled – Top Ten Bible Versions: The Complete Boxed Set
  2. ElShaddai Edwards – he is sufficient

I have broken them down into 6 categories.

  1. Leather Bibles (including study bibles):
    1. New King James Version (NKJV)
    2. Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB) – Ultra Thin Reference
    3. English Standard Version (ESV) – Cordovan (Antique Burgundy) Premium Calfskin
    4. CSB – The Ministers Bible
    5. NKJV – The Believers Study Bible – W.A. Criswell

  1. Bounded or TruTone Bibles:
    1. CSB – Compact
    2. The Message – New Testament
    3. ESV
    4. The NET Bible – Reader’s Edition
    5. The NET Bible – First Edition

  1. Hard & Paper Back Bibles:
    1. The New Testament in Modern English – J. B. Phillips
    2. The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
    3. The New Livining Translation (NLT) – First Edition
    4. The Revised English Bible (REB)
    5. NKJV
    6. ESV Classic Reference

  1. Greek English Interlinear Bibles:
    1. The NKJV Interlinear Bible
    2. Zondervan NIV Interlinear Bible
    3. ESV Reverse Interlinear Bible
    4. KJV Interlinear Bible

  1. Parallel Bibles
    1. The Evangelical Parallel New Testament (NKJV, NIV, ESV, HCSB, TNIV, NLT, NCV, The Message)
    2. The Comparative Study Bible Old & New Testaments (NIV, NASB, Amplified Bible, KJV)

  1. Study Bibles (various covers)
    1. Scofield Study Bible KJV
    2. The Believers Study Bible – W.A. Criswell NKJV (This is one is really good)
    3. Scofield Study Bible ESV
    4. Hebrew Greek Key Study Bible NASB
    5. Thompson Chain Study Bible KJV
    6. Ryrie Study Bible NASB Updated Edition
    7. Thompson Chain Study Bible NIV


18 Responses

  1. Nice! 🙂 I love seeing people’s books (I don’t know why). I’m sure you already know that I love showing mine as well. 😉 I have around 30 Bibles as well (some of them only NT). I won’t flood your comments with a list, but you have a lot that I don’t have… in fact, I can’t say that I have any of the Bibles you own.

  2. Nick,

    Just something I have been meaning to do. I love collecting bibles! When my REB came in my wife said “Another Bible!”. If I know that I won’t be using a bible much, I try to go with a Hard Back, or a Paper back. Sometimes if I don’t have a translation I will try and get a study bible in that translation. If you notice the only NASB & NIV’s that I own are study bibles.

    I have been growing my personal library for many years now, I don’t have room for all of my books, so I have had to move some to my garage (mostly books I don’t read), but I have kept all of my reference, commentaries, dictionaries, and theology books in my office.

    I really want to grow my commentary section, but I only buy them as I need them. The other area I am trying to expand is my theology section. Maybe I’ll post my theology books that I currently have. That could be fun.

  3. Robert,

    Thanks for sharing your collection! I’ll be very interested to hear your comments on the REB, especially as you seem to prefer more formal translations. For me, it’s been an excellent foil to the HCSB and I’ve enjoyed using the two in combination.

    I’d be curious to get your further thoughts on the HCSB Minister’s Bible as well. Which of your HCSBs are you primarily using? Personally, I wish they’d drop the minister aids, increase the paper weight and add an inside margin cross-reference set. That would be a perfect wide-margin reference Bible!


  4. Thanks for sharing. On the subject, this guy really likes bibles too! Check it out!


  5. ElShaddai,

    I really love the built, and the leather feel of the HCSB Minister’s Bible, It just feels like high quality bible. For studying purposes the HCSB Minister’s Bible is great. I really like the single column, first bible I own that is not a double column bible, so that is a big plus. I wish all bibles were single column, it’s amazing how we hold on to traditions.

    I don’t care for any of the notes (minister aids) either. I would have preferred they just get rid of them. Adding a cross-reference would have been better. The wide margin is good for me, I don’t write as much in my bible. Part of the reason is that I have not settled on one study bible, so my notes are all over the place. The Believers Study bible has a lot of my notes, but it’s not wide margin, so they are crammed in there.

    The bible itself is a bit on the bulky side for reading. I love to read in bed, or laying down on the couch, so it’s a bit to handle. The HCSB Reference bible is about the right size for reading, and caring it around. I prefer that size for reading and taking it to church. I have very good eye sight so the fonts are not a problem. Occasionally I’ll wear some reading glasses, but mostly when I am on the computer, very mild magnification.

  6. Robert,

    I totally agree about single column bibles… they’re the best! I was given an NIV Revolutions Bible for Teen Guys as the main text to teach my young men’s Sunday School class with a few years ago and to this day that is the only Bible I have read from cover to cover (well, that and my NLT NT w/ Ps. & Prov.).

    Unfortunately, I don’t share the commentary desire that you have. I just can’t get into them. I know that I should love them, but I prefer monographs on specific topics over commentaries on entire books. I don’t know why. 😐

  7. Nick,

    Yeah, I know what you mean, and I think in part that is why I have very few. I am so selective when it comes to commentaries. The most commentaries that I have are on Romans. I have 3-5 I think, I have to double check, but other than that I only have a few selective commentaries. Genesis is the other book that I have around 3-5 commentaries. But very little for the rest of the bible. I’ll gather up my weird selection of commentaries and post soon.

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  9. Robert, have you read Mark Nanos’ book, The Mystery of Romans: The Jewish Context of Paul’s Letter? I’m bogged down about 1/3 in, but it’s been interesting reading his interpretation that the “weak” and “strong” were non-Christian Jews and Christians, respectively, rather than Jewish Christians and Gentile Christians. It’s a thorough argument against replacement theology and supersessionism.

  10. No, I have not read that book. I love Romans, and one of my iifetime time goals is to read as many books regarding Romans – recommended ones, and respected authors.

    Yet another book on my wish list, ugh. I have been reading just about every night just trying to keep up with you bloggers.

    Thanks for the motivation!

  11. ElShaddai,

    I do own a 1955 copy of “Commentaries on The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans by John Calvin” It was published by Eerdmans – Translated by Jown Owen.

    It does not say what edition it is, but it does have an Introduction by Louis Berkhof, dated 1947, and I think the first edition came out in 1948.

    I love old books. There is a Christian book store that I go to now and then, that has a used book section, a big one. Sometimes they have some gems. At the moment I don’t recall where I bought this one at. I visit several Christian books store, and if I see a deal, even if the book was not on my list I’ll buy it.

    I purchased “An Introduction to the New Testament by Carson and Moo” Second Edition for $15.00 on sale, brand new. Amazon has it listed for 24.39. I bought it, not on my list, but you can’t beat the price. Over the years through careful choices, sales, and used books I have built a nice library.

  12. Would you know where I can get a copy of THE BELIEVER’S STUDY BIBLE? If you do not know, would you be interested in selling yor copy?


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  14. I also collect bibles and I love everyone I have.
    I have 52 and four coming in the mail. I really am liking the ESV study Bible.
    I love to compare the wording and the comments and the well everything about them.
    I do love your website where people of like monds canwrite comments.
    Good Job.

  15. Diana, although I don’t blog here anymore I do keep up with any responses. Check me out where I blog now, I just posted a nice new bible available from Holman (HCSB).

  16. I know I’m late to this party, but I just wanted to say something about the HCSB Minister’s Bible. For me, the ideal one would be without the minister helps but also without the references. I hate references in a Bible I’m just trying to read and pray with. I find them very distracting and ugly. The Minister’s version is the only HCSB I’ve found without the references, and better still it’s single column and paragraph formatted. It’s the only HCSB I’ve found with large enough font size which doesn’t have those cross references so here’s hoping that they keep them out of this Bible, drop the minister helps and name, even add a red letter version, and a burgundy choice, and I’ll be a happy camper!

  17. Hello,

    I see that you have a cordovan ESV and an old Scofield ESV. Any chance you still have these and would consider trading or selling? Please let me know!

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