When Ascension Press released the Great Adventure Catholic Bible in 2018, I ordered a copy from the first printing. My original First Look review is here. Subsequently, I requested and received a replacement Bible from Ascension press because the original copy had a split binding. At the time, an Ascension customer service representative assured me that the binding is both sewn and glued, but both the original copy and the replacement copy I received featured a glued binding. Here is an update post I wrote showing the glued binding on the replacement Bible.
A reader recently wrote asking if the binding has changed on any subsequent printings. I’ve seen comments suggesting that recent printings have featured a sewn binding, and the product description on the Ascension Press website very explicitly claims a sewn binding:
Binding that is sewn and glued for extra durability. Groups of folded pages (referred to as signatures) are stitched together using binder thread. The individual signatures are bound and sewn, and then glued together to create a high quality Bible that will last for yearsProduct Description from Ascension Press
This year, Fr. Mike Schmitz from Ascension Press is recording a “Bible in a Year” using the RSV-2CE and the Great Adventure Bible Timeline, so there has been renewed interest in the Great Adventure Catholic Bible. If any readers have purchased the Great Adventure Bible recently, could you provide feedback on whether the binding is sewn?