Yesterday I was gazing mournfully at my Bible. Not because I had once again read something in it which challenged my flesh. (I actually like it when that happens). But rather I was mourning the impending death of another friend. My Bible is battle scarred to be certain. Much reading and frequent notes have rendered many of it’s pages wrinkled and thoroughly inked. (Incidentally it’s my Bible you’re looking at in the top left corner of the site.) The cover is ratty and the leather is giving way. The Binding is now pulling away from several pages which are threatening to scatter loosely to the wind.
So today when I read about Bill Chamberlin’s collection of thousands(!) of Bibles I was impressed with the closing sentence.
“Today, Bibles are found in two conditions – either mint or worn, nothing in between.”
Mine is firmly in the worn category. Don’t get me wrong I’m not venerating the book as though it were an idol. I can easily switch to a new one and follow Don Cole‘s advice to just toss it once it’s in that bad of shape… almost. I can’t bear to part with years of study notes and squiggly lines, arrows, circles and marginal notations. And even worse I’m overwhelmed at the prospect of porting all of that either to a new paper Bible or to my study notes in BibleWorks.
The last time this happened I switched from a grey NIV (Ryrie Study Bible) to my Black NASB reference edition. I still have that decrepit NIV sitting on a shelf waiting for me to grit my teeth and finish importing my hundreds (thousands?) of personal notations into Bibleworks. Now I have the additional prospect of needing to import a large number of notes from my NASB in as well.