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Archbishop Calls for Listening and Unity

Archbishop Calls for Listening and Unity Justin Welby Appeals to General Synod Before Vital Debate The Archbishop of Canterbury has appealed to General Synod for greater listening and unity. He addressed the membership ahead of their three-day gathering, expected to...

Anglican Myth #3: The Bishop is the Focus of Unity

Anglican Futures Anglican Myth #3: The Bishop is the Focus of Unity "Plural Truth", "Walking Together", call it what you like, in the Archbishop of Canterbury's understanding of the church, God no longer speaks clearly through the Scriptures, instead he speaks through...

St Helen’s Bishopsgate “Pauses Contributions to Common Fund”

St Helen’s Bishopsgate “Pauses Contributions to Common Fund” The Standing Committee of the PCC of St Helen’s Bishopsgate has written to the Bishop of London to make plain their theological opposition to the proposed same-sex blessings proffered by the House of...

Hull Parish Rejects Authority of Archbishop of York Over False Teaching

Hull Parish Rejects Authority of Archbishop of York Over False Teaching St Andrew’s Kirk Ella has written a very direct letter to the Archbishop of York about his support for the same-sex blessings proposals.  In the letter, they pull no punches and announce that with...

Barnabas Fund Report: African Hospitals Give Thanks for PPE as Ebola Breaks Out in Uganda

Barnabas Fund Report African Hospitals Give Thanks for PPE as Ebola Breaks Out in Uganda Christian hospitals in Africa have given heartfelt thanks for a huge consignment of personal protective equipment (PPE) shipped by Barnabas Aid’s medical.gives programme. “We want...

His Majesty’s Declaration Pertaining to the Use and Understanding the Articles of Religion

His Majesty’s Declaration Pertaining to the Use and Understanding the Articles of Religion Words do have meaning and particularly when they pertain to how we are to understand the doctrines of the Church.  In an earlier era, under a different monarch named Charles,...

Keene Review: Finding Your Best Identity

Finding Your Best Identity A short Christian introduction to identity, sexuality and gender Andrew Bunt IVP, 2022 (ISBN: 9781789744200, 90pp, £8.99)   The most casual glance at biblical passages such as Matthew 6 or 1 John 2 indicates that ‘the world’ is entirely...

CEEC Calls for Action

CEEC Calls for Action  Offers the Church of England a Better Way Forward After failing to provide a quick substantive answer to the Blessings Proposals  by the House of Bishops, the CEEC has responded in a very clear way in stating its opposition to what has been...

Thomas Cromwell: The Man Behind the Curtain

Thomas Cromwell The Man Behind the Curtain By the Revd Canon Chuck Collins So many “Thomases” in the 16th century, it’s hard to keep them straight! Thomas Cromwell was beheaded July 28, 1540 by order of King Henry VIII for the crime of treason and heresy, but his real...

New Bishop for Complementarian Churches Consecrated

New Bishop for Complementarian Churches Consecrated The Revd Rob Munro was consecrated as Bishop of Ebbsfleet on Thursday 2 February in a service at Canterbury Cathedral.   In keeping with the complementarian understanding of ministry, Bishop Munro was consecrated to...

Bibliophiles Rejoice for Choice

Bibliophiles, lovers of books and particularly those who prefer well-bound leather bibles can rejoice for the choices they have at the moment. If you do not own one and think to do so is an occasion for sin…look the other way.

There are three companies currently offering very well-bound bibles sure to satisfy the person who views their bible as a tool that should last a life-time or three. If your approach to bible buying is akin to the professional mechanic who buys his tools at Lidl or Aldi, you won’t understand. There are other publishers who offer high-end bindings but they are not the focus of their lines. Three of the best are; R. L. Allan, Schuyler Bibles, and Cambridge University Press.

All three offer a variety of full-leather bindings. You can choose between calfskin, split calfskin, or goatskin. All three offer bindings that are smyth-sewn. Allan and CUP are mainly produced in the UK and Schuyler is produced in the Netherlands. Schuyler has more production ability due to their being part of Royal Jongbloed printers.

Mr Ian Metcalf of R. L. Allan told the English Churchman that his biggest challenge was getting enough materials to meet the demands for the company’s product. It might surprise some readers that the biggest market for these artisanal creations is the USA. Bible readers in the UK generally purchase hard-back or paperback editions.

Allan’s bibles have been produced 158 years (since 1863), and in recent times moved from Scotland to England. Always pricey, an R. L. Allan leather bible cost 17s 6p in 1921. Today, they run from £130 to £205. The website is: www.bibles-direct.co.uk

Cambridge University Press has been producing bibles since 1591. No other publisher comes close to having produced bibles that long. CUP prints bibles in 12 translations. Prayerbook Anglican Christians might be interested to know that CUP also produces a beautifully crafted Book of Common Prayer/Authorised Version combination. Unlike earlier editions, this one does not include a words only Hymns Ancient & Modern.

CUP also produces a hardback facsimile version of the original 1611 AV bible. This allows readers to compare the original translation text to the final update from 1769. Mark a fair warning for those that think the AV of today is identical to the AV of 1611. It isn’t.

Readers can view the various offerings of these three companies online. Schuyler Bibles are marketed through: www.evangelicalbible.com. Cambridge Bibles can be seen in some bookshops but online at: www.cambridge.org/gb/bibles and as mentioned before, R. L. Allan Bibles can be viewed at: bibles-direct.co.uk

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