bible update

Update: August, 2022.
As we have been stating for many months now – there is a global supply chain slow down which is causing supply shortages in every industry. What does this mean concretely for evangelicalBible.com?  Basically many Bibles are out of stock for extended periods of time.  We also have record numbers of preorders.  Some editions are sold out before they arrive.  Please keep an eye on Bibles that you would like to purchase and consider purchasing them before they arrive.

RSV: Schuyler has published an RSV Quentel Bible.  The RSV is the “father” of the NRSV and ESV.  So far the reviews for this Bible are fantastic. Here is Tim Wildsmith’s review. More stock is coming late Fall. 

CSB
: CSB Quentel is in stock.  CSB Holman Goatskin – a great verse by verse CSB Bible. Holman’s best CSB yet.  Schuyler will be publishing the CSB Personal Size Quentel in 2023. Cambridge plans a Diadem CSB for early next year.

NASB
: the Schuyler Stridon is a verse by verse Bible with 1″ margins. It has been received with 5 star reviews! The Schuyler NASB Wide Margins are in stock. More stock of the Quentel NASB is due in August. The Personal Size is out of stock until September. Preorders are open now for both editions.  Nelson published an NASB MacArthur Study Bible. Zondervan published an NASB single column in Goatskin; it is fantastic. Cambridge also has a full array of NASBs and plans the Diadem NASB (1995) for release in 2023. Allan has some NASB in stock (August 2022).  Not sure how long this will last!

NIV
: Schuyler’s NIV Quentel will arrive in August. The Schuyler Personal Size Quentel NIV is in stock. Cambridge NIV Clarion is our favorite Cambridge NIV.

ESV
: ESV Schuyler Treveris is back in stock and is the 2022 best seller.  ESV Schuyler Quentel Wide Margin is now in stock. The ESV Quentel Classic is back in stock. The Cambridge ESV Topaz – an all new Cambridge Setting is now in stock. Schuyler Personal Size Quentels are in stock.  Crossway has 2 new preaching Bibles: Verse by Verse and Single Column. The Dutch version of the Legacy and Omega are in stock, and the Heirloom Thinline is returning early fall. The Cambridge ESV Diadem is now in stock. With ApocryphaWithout Apocrypha.

NKJV
: Cambridge’s NKJV Topaz series now in stock. Schuyler NKJV is back in stock, and the Personal Size Quentel NKJV arrives in October.

KJV
: Schuyler KJV Treveris Series is in stock.  Here is a sampler of the text. Schuyler’s flagship KJV Canterbury is back in stock!  The Canterbury Wide Margin is in stock, and the Personal Size Canterbury KJV is due in August. All copies will have Full Yapp Covers. Cambridge has come out with their Family Chronicle Bible—it’s more related to a pulpit Bible with large beautiful Baskerville font and high resolution Dore paintings.  Cambridge has published the full yapp Concord in Marbled Mahogany Calfskin and Blue Goatskin.  (evangelicalBible.com exclusives).  Cambridge has also published a full yapp Turquoise in Black Calfskin! Cambridge’s KJV Topaz series is also a new and popular publication. Allan has some stock of various editions which come in and out of stock.

NLT
: Schuyler will be publishing a Quentel NLT at the end of the year.

You may also want to use our search tool to find the Bible that best suits your needs.

 

For a multitude of reasons, premium Bible demand has exceeded supply in the last year or so. In the case of Schuyler, virtually every edition is being sold out at a rate that surpasses Schuyler’s ability to republish. For many books or products this is an easy fix: Simply increase supply. In the case of Schuyler (and I would include Cambridge & Allan) increasing production is complicated and certainly cannot be accomplished by a simple “flip of the switch.”
Most book production is a highly mechanized event. I have witnessed book production in some of the world’s largest factories and have marveled at the genius of thousands of moving parts, conveyor belts, folding, cutting, turning, stamping, gilding –all producing books without so much as a human finger involved in the result, save the one that touches the “start” switch. It’s truly a tribute to mechanical engineering and economies of scale.
Edge-lined binding (Schuyler, Cambridge & Allan – as well as a few others) is another process altogether. Though the form of an edge-lined Bible resembles that of its mechanized cousin – their creation is completely distinct, as are their qualities. Cambridge has estimated that approximately 30 people have laid hands on an edge-lined Bible before it reaches the owner. To give but one example (Schuyler has been posting video and pictures at times) – every Schuyler bible (when it is in book block form) is taken to a room and put in a vise (if you’re British – vice). Men and women put on masks (before COVID) and take out their spray guns attached to ink canisters and spray the edges. The pages are dried and then sprayed once again for the deep colors that we appreciate – and which cannot be replicated via android automation. We all know what happens when you put too much ink on that Bible….it bleeds!
Ok. Why am I writing about bleeding Bibles? (or hand cut edges, corners, sewing, embossing, rounding, etc.)? More craftsmen and women need to be trained to keep up with the evolution of the premium Bible market. We can’t simply order more leather and paper. (And trust me – ordering our leather and paper is another story altogether.) We must train Homo sapiens to create handmade Bibles. We intend to do our best to rise with this growing tide of high end Bible demand. We ask our Bible community to be patient when you see Bibles frequently “out of stock” or “coming soon.” We are increasing production, but we must do it with more people, not simply more ingredients and automation.
This is one of the reasons increasing production is not merely a “flip of the switch.”

Schuyler’s most popular format is its flagship Quentel® Series. It is consistently a best seller at evangelicalbible.com.  Published in the ESV, NASB, NKJV, RSV, CSB & NIV, the Quentel® is available in regular and Personal Size editions. The KJV edition is called the Canterbury and is also available in a Personal Size edition.  Here is a chart of all Schuyler Bibles.

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