Many thanks to the readers who have shared information with me. Here is the latest on a few Bibles that have either just released or are coming soon:

Knox Bible in Flexible Genuine Leather

Baronius Press has released a flexible leather edition of the Knox Bible at an MSRP of $59.95. For several years, they have produced a leather-wrapped hardcover edition for the same price. In a recent comment, Tim in Miami reported that the layout is identical to the hardcover edition. The leather is thin and somewhat stiff, but he finds it far more pleasant to handle than the hardcover edition. Baronius also does not include Msgr. Ronald Knox’s small paperback On Englishing the Bible with the flexible leather Bible (it is included with the leather-wrapped hardcover).

New Thinline NRSV-CE from Catholic Bible Press

Thomas Nelson’s Catholic Bible Press is about to release a new thinline NRSV-CE in brown genuine leather. It was previously published in three leathersoft colors last year. The text will be typeset in 10-point NRSV Comfort Print font (a half point larger than the text in their Personal Size Edition, which I reviewed here). Otherwise, many features of the Personal Size Edition will be available in the thinline: sewn binding, gilded page edges, two ribbon markers, color maps, deuterocanonical books arranged in traditional Catholic order, anglicized NRSV text.

The genuine leather edition is currently available for pre-order from Amazon for $99.99, but I would recommend either waiting or ordering through ChristianBook, where orders are available for $67.99. The leathersoft editions retail for less than $30 on ChristianBook, which is an excellent value. Leathersoft covers from Catholic Bible Press are some of the best imitation leather covers I’ve seen.

RNJB Reader’s Edition Delayed

The Revised New Jerusalem Bible (RNJB) reader’s edition (which was originally scheduled for publication in June) is now scheduled to be released this month. The UK publisher, Darton, Longman, and Todd, is accepting pre-orders on their website. It will also be available through Book Depository. Pre-orders will likely become available at Book Depository once they have a confirmed publication date from the publisher. The reader’s edition will feature single-column text in poetry books (like the Psalms) and double-column text in the prose books. I suspect it will also feature fewer footnotes if the publisher follows the same format as previous reader’s editions of the Jerusalem Bible (JB) and New Jerusalem Bible (NJB).

11 thoughts on “Early October Bible News”

    1. No, I haven’t heard anything. I suspect it will take quite a long time. Even major publishing houses normally take a few years to publish a new study Bible. A relatively small publisher like the Augustine Institute will probably take longer. I suspect they will produce it faster than Ignatius Press, but I would not expect an ESV-CE study Bible for at least another couple years.

  1. I really wish the Baronius Knox bible had chapter titles/headings. I own a paperback Knox New Testament by Templegate Publishers that includes headings and I find it much more readable. The Baronius version is a beautiful bible though.

    1. All these nice new editions of the NRSV are very tempting! The illustrated one, the purple goatskin one, the new Catholic Bible Press one…if only I could get myself to like the translation itself more. NRSV has the best and most options of any Catholic translation.

  2. I received the Revised New Jerusalem Bible, Readers Edition, last week.

    It’s economical, hardcover, compact, with sewn binding. It’s easier to carry around than the thick RNJB with full notes.

    My biggest gripes: The font is small (seems to be the same as the full-notes edition) and the ghosting is terrible. The combination of small font, thin paper, and light printing makes it hard to read unless in very good light.

    If not for these issues, I would love this edition. I wish they would produce a slightly larger one with a larger font and better printing. (The Image full notes edition has a good-sized font, but glued binding. Blech.)

    1. This is really disappointing to hear. Thank you for the report! I was hoping the reader’s edition would be a simple, decent quality edition that would be easy to carry. Tiny font and significant ghosting make this a less practical edition for everyday reading.

      1. Sure thing, Marc.

        I’m still using it as my carry around bible (I rarely go anywhere without a book or bible because I regularly find myself in situations in which I must wait) because it is so compact and the ghosting is less bothersome than it was when I first got it. I’m finding that if I have light and my glasses, I do okay other than the slight annoyance; I guess I’m getting used to the ghosting (and I was used to the same relatively small font of the study edition from DLT). I only paid $20 for this Readers Edition, so am taking it more in stride than I would if I had paid what you would usually pay for a hardcover, sewn binding bible.

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