Just recently, during one of my beloved M and my trips to Fully Booked, I purchased a new ESV Bible for my personal use. The one I got is a “hardback Bible with centre-column cross-references and a concordance.” I’ve been thinking of getting a new Bible for several months now, ever since I realized that even the strongest glue couldn’t hold the torn spine of my old Bible (also an ESV) together.
My new Bible is an Anglicized ESV, published by Harper Collins. It’s a bit heavier than my old one, and quite a bit thicker. Thankfully, it fits right into the leather Bible cover my beloved M got for me from a few years ago. The leather cover was actually a bit too big for my old ESV (think a medium-sized guy wearing an XL shirt), and I was delighted to find that the cover was a very snug fit on my new ESV. Both my new and old ESVs are two-column, but the columns on the new one are spaced closer together. (That means less notes on the margins, probably?)
I’m in the process of transferring all my old notes and diagrams(!) from my old ESV into my new ESV, a process which will probably take a few months at most. Yes, I’m one of the few who don’t think it’s wrong to write in my copy of the Good Book–aside from near passion for cleanliness, another reason I can think of for not writing in the margins of your Bible is superstition. A friend of mine, who isn’t superstitious, prefers a notebook and will always carry a little notepad wherever he goes. Each to his own I guess.
The question for me now is, what exactly do I do with my old Bible?