Pulpit Bible

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  1. Backwoods Presbyterian

    Backwoods Presbyterian Puritan Board Doctor

    I am in the market for a pulpit bible to use every Lord's Day. I want to be able to preach from it (i.e.- hold it and be able to shake it. ;)) and I have been given some money to purchase one.
  2. Marrow Man

    Marrow Man Drunk with Powder

    I'm not sure which translation you are looking to use, but a word of advice -- get the largest font you can (as long as it keeps the size manageable). I use a NASB with a "giant print" font. It makes reading from the pulpit very easy.
  3. Backwoods Presbyterian

    Backwoods Presbyterian Puritan Board Doctor

    I would prefer NKJV. Most (if not all) my congregation uses a KJV and there is KJV in the pews.

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    One thing I should add is I would like a Bible with sturdy pages, no tissue paper consistency please. I like to flip through it and have been known to tear. :)
  4. Backwoods Presbyterian

    Backwoods Presbyterian Puritan Board Doctor

    Any ideas?
  5. ADKing

    ADKing Puritan Board Junior

    I use the large print Bible from the Trinitarian Bible Society as my pulpit Bible (AV). It is sturdy and so doesn't flip shut like some do. It has large print which is extremely helpful for me. I must confess though that I don't wave it around so I'm not sure how helpful it would be for that!
  6. puritanpilgrim

    puritanpilgrim Puritan Board Junior

  7. Backwoods Presbyterian

    Backwoods Presbyterian Puritan Board Doctor

  8. KSon

    KSon Puritan Board Junior

    Not a Bible I would recommend to use in the pulpit. Not at all a preaching-friendly font size. After much, much searching for a NKJV of both larger-print and durable binding, I ended up ordering the new Single-Column NKJV from Nelson (notorious for their shoddy craftsmanship) and had it sent to a Bible bindery. Whole bill was a a bit over $100 shipped. I think the font-size is 14pt. (black-letter) and it is single-column. It has only a few cross-references and has the typical textual notes found in the NKJV. If I had a digital camera I would post pictures, but I do not.

    The options for a large-print, well-bound Bible in NKJV are VERY few.
  9. Ivan

    Ivan Pastor

    I agree with this recommendation. I have one and haven't had any problems with it, although I haven't been using it in the pulpit for a while. It's a good font size, very readable.
  10. LawrenceU

    LawrenceU Puritan Board Doctor

    I love preaching from my Allen's Longprimer. The pages, though thin, are very tough. The binding is sublime. And the limpness, not to be confused with weakness, greatly enhances the visual effect of shaking ;)
  11. Herald

    Herald Administrator Staff Member

    I just ordered an Allan Standard Edition ESV a few minutes ago. I sold some of the stuff I had listed on eBay. O happy day!
  12. fredtgreco

    fredtgreco Vanilla Westminsterian Staff Member

    Nelson's horrible craftsmanship (along with its monopoly on NKJV) is one of the reasons that I switched from NKJV to ESV. I could not justify my congregation buying bibles that would fall apart. I went through 3 in 18 months.
  13. DMcFadden

    DMcFadden Puritan Board Doctor


    OK, OK, maybe that isn't the one. But, what is Fred doing with Bibles that he wears out three in 18 months? Fred, you are a Presbyterian, not a Pentecostal! You are not supposed to beat on them, throw them on the ground, and fling them at the devil as you prance back and forth shouting "Hallelujah" at the top of your lungs!

    Try doing things "decently and in order." :think:

    I have a Nelson Signature Series NKJV and find that the Smyth sewn, high end, leather binding seems quite good. But, then again, all I do is hold it and read it.
  14. TomVols

    TomVols Puritan Board Freshman

    Broadman/Holman has a NKJV Ultrathin Large print that is not bad. Not the biggest type, but very manageable from the pulpit. It's probably about 6x9, so if you use notes, you can easily slip a half sheet in there easily. The binding holds up well. I have one I've had for 15 years that barely looks used. However, I don't use it every Sunday, either.

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    I agree. Though I don't like a verse format for study, from the pulpit it's invaluable. The NASB reference BIble from Foundation Publications is almost a perfect size. Part of me still thinks I'm younger, though, so I still at times use an ultrathin paragraph format. My eyesight fails me more than I'd care to admit :)
  15. JM

    JM Puritan Board Professor

  16. puritanpilgrim

    puritanpilgrim Puritan Board Junior

    Which one and which color? I have a brown ESV1 readers edition. Amazing Bible. I used to get eye strain when I read the Bible, but with this one I can read 5-6 chapters with ease.
  17. Mushroom

    Mushroom Puritan Board Doctor

    Ben, I have no experience with a pulpit Bible, since I am not called to any Office wherein a pulpit would ever come into play, but I will pray that the Lord leads you to the very best Bible for your needs, and that He grant you all the gifts and graces required to glorify His name and prosper in the ministry of your new calling, in which we are all rejoicing together with you.

    Wave that Word to your heart's content, beloved brother!
  18. Backwoods Presbyterian

    Backwoods Presbyterian Puritan Board Doctor

    Thanks Brad!
  19. yeutter

    yeutter Puritan Board Senior

    In the unlikely event their is someone who could use an 1886 Revision, I have a pulpit Bible I would be happy to donate
  20. LawrenceU

    LawrenceU Puritan Board Doctor

    Thomas, is that an ASV?
  21. yeutter

    yeutter Puritan Board Senior

    No the English Revised version on which the 1901 ASV was based.
  22. LawrenceU

    LawrenceU Puritan Board Doctor

    Thanks, that is what I meant to ask, ERV. I'll shoot you a PM. I have a couple of questions for you.
  23. reformedminister

    reformedminister Puritan Board Sophomore

    I use Allen's KJV longprimer. It's beautiful to look at, easy to read, and just a supremely well made Bible. It's KJV, but didn't you say that your congregation mostly uses KJV? Just take a little time to explain some archaic words. I think people make too big a deal about this.
  24. DMcFadden

    DMcFadden Puritan Board Doctor

    I agree with Andy. If your people read KJV and it is in the pews, an Allan Longprimer would be a superior choice. Unless you intend to move towards a different translation, you have some very fine Bible choices in the KJV family of well crafted leather Bibles.

    BTW, my premium ESV Study Bible and premium MacArthur Study Bible (ESV) in fine leather are nicely made Bibles that look as if they will hold up well. My signature line NKJV is a similarly supple and evidently well made Bible.
  25. Gforce9

    Gforce9 Puritan Board Junior

    I almost fell off the chair:lol:..........At first glance, Benny looks like George Michael.
    Pastor Glaser: I'm glad there are faithful preachers of the Word like you instructing the sheep. Thanks!
  26. Backwoods Presbyterian

    Backwoods Presbyterian Puritan Board Doctor

  27. Damon Rambo

    Damon Rambo Puritan Board Sophomore

    I use an ESV Ministers Bible. I have no problem with the Font size, but then, I am pretty young. I guess the font size will get bigger as I get older. But until then, I don't want to haul some forty pound Bible around with me!
  28. Ask Mr. Religion

    Ask Mr. Religion Flatly Unflappable

    Finding a versified (something I consider essential in a pulpit bible) NKJV of good quality is tough. Get a Thompson Chain Reference version if you want a decently bound versified NKJV.

  29. Rev. Todd Ruddell

    Rev. Todd Ruddell Puritan Board Junior

    I use the TBS pulpit Bible. It may not fit your needs--it is quite large. You probably will not be able to hold and rattle it! <g>
    However, it is well made, stays open at any page, and the type is quite readable. See details below.

    Pulpit Reference Bible
    Center reference Bible
    Page size: 294 x 231mm (11¾" x 9¼")
    Thickness: 81mm (3¼")
    Bible Features:
    Large print: 10 points
    Presentation box
    Two marker ribbons
    Reinforced sewn binding
    Bible paper
    Head and tail bands
    Gilt page edges
    PB Goatskin leather boards
    Black: 978 0 907861 72 0 $480.00
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