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Building Your Own Blank Bible

Tony at The Shepherd’s Scrapbook recounts how he made his own ESV blank Bible (blank pages interleaved with the Bible text) patterned after Jonathan Edwards’s.

  • Part 1 gives some background on the project.
  • Part 2 shares a failed attempt that involved glue. Lots of glue.
  • Part 3 tells of his final, successful attempt.

Here are some pictures of the successful rebinding. He ended up with three parts: Genesis-Job, Psalms-Malachi, and Matthew-Revelation.

Rebound Bibles show off their spiral binding and black covers.

The Bibles stacked on top of one another.

A Bible open to a page showing the Bible text on the left and notes on the right.

August 18, 2006 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Bible News,Bible Study,Life / Doctrine,News,The Christian Life | Author: Crossway Staff @ 9:00 am | (17) Comments »

17 Comments

  1. [...] Build Your Own Bible. “Jonathan Edwards did it–why can’t you? The ESV Blog collects the links to a fellow who asked himself that very question!” I must admit, it doesn’t sound like the best use of my time, seeing as how we suffer from bible-overload here in America. But then again, maybe that’s just it. Maybe this exercise is exactly what some of us need. (HT: Between Two Worlds) [...]

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  3. [...] Rick Mansfield had a link to the ESV blog which had another link to Tony Reinke’s The Shepherd’s Scrapbook detailing how he built a blank page ESV Bible. [...]

    Pingback by theologiaviatorum.com » Blog Archive » Blank Greek New Testament — August 18, 2006 @ 6:05 pm

  4. [...] Today, however, I came across this ingenious idea and thought I would share it with you die hard note takers. This serious student of scripture has built his own blank page Bible. It seems a little cumbersome to carry and a great deal of work to construct, however you are left with the finest note taking Bible around. [...]

    Pingback by Now there is a Bible for taking notes at pcnelson.com — August 19, 2006 @ 8:13 am

  5. [...] responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. :) Responses are currently closed, but you can trackback from your ownsite. [...]

    Pingback by The Boars Head Tavern » Blog Archive » — August 20, 2006 @ 9:06 pm

  6. [...] I came across this amazing idea to create a Bible with blank pages for notes. It’s so brilliantly simple I wish I had thought of it first! The oly thing I would change is the spiral binding. Being a hand book binder myself it has my mind working on a more beautiful way to get the job done. [...]

    Pingback by PrincipledMom » Blog Archive » Make your own blank Bible — August 23, 2006 @ 10:36 am

  7. [...] Reinke’s Scrapbook began as a storehouse of quotes from great theologians. If you visit his site you will see a massive category list where he has compiled quote after quote from various theologians-all filed in their appropriate groups. This is a tremendously helpful and edifying resource on its own. Recently, however, Reinke has also been blessing the blog community with his own writing.  The most popular of which was Reinke’s “Blank Bible Project.”  Reinke, following the example of Jonathan Edwards, builit his own “Blank Bible” and documented the entire process in a three-part series. This project received wide-readership in the blogsphere as the ESV blog learned of Reinke’s project and featured it on their site. [...]

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  8. There’s been some discussion about Bibles in the comments section of this Monday’s Theology 101 post. I mentioned the “blank Bible” that I came across recently on the internet. For those who may be interested, here’s a link to check

    Trackback by The Blank Bible - patterned after Jonathan Edwards' Bible — January 18, 2007 @ 4:23 pm

  9. Tony at The Shepherd’s Scrapbook has created a blank ESV Reverse Interlinear New Testament—in other words, every other page is blank and ready for writing on:. Tony explains in great detail how he produced the Bible starting from a

    Trackback by Reverse Interlinear New Testament Blank Bible — January 18, 2007 @ 4:23 pm

  10. A follow up to this post; Rick writes more about his dream Bible:. • One column of text. I’ve never seen a two-column wide-margin Bible where there was ample room for taking notes related to the inner column. The inner column is always

    Trackback by More Dream Bible Discussion — January 18, 2007 @ 4:23 pm

  11. Have you ever heard of the Jonathan Edwards “Blank Bible”? In 1730, Jonathan Edwards acquired a book-like, leather-bound manuscript containing an interleaved printed edition of the King James Version of the Bible.

    Trackback by Not-so-Blank Bible — January 18, 2007 @ 4:23 pm

  12. I came across this from a link at the challies.com site and found it quite interesting. I never realized that even wide margin bibles were made for notetaking. The idea intrigued me so much, I thought about following suit and taking

    Trackback by Study Bible — January 18, 2007 @ 4:23 pm

  13. Monday August 21, 2006. Bible: ESV blog has a roundup of Tony Reinke’s successful attempt to build his own blank Bible patterned after Jonathan Edwards’ similar Bible. Humor: Nathan Busenitz shows once again the danger inherent in

    Trackback by A La Carte (08/21) — January 18, 2007 @ 4:23 pm

  14. Here’s a look at how one guy built his own “blank bible,” Jonathan Edwards style! (HT: Justin Taylor)

    Trackback by How to Build Your Own Blank Bible — January 18, 2007 @ 4:23 pm

  15. Jonathan Edwards did it–why can’t you? The ESV Blog collects the links to a fellow who asked himself that very question!

    Trackback by Build Your Own Blank Bible — January 18, 2007 @ 4:23 pm

  16. Also, the ESV Blog has posted links to a project by a guy after my own heart. He cut up his own hardback edition of the Bible, interleaved blank pages, then bound the thing in three spiral notebooks…

    Trackback by Rolling Justice and Wide Margins — February 1, 2007 @ 7:36 am

  17. I came across this from a link at the challies.com site and found it quite interesting. I never realized that even wide margin bibles were made for notetaking. The idea intrigued me so much, I thought about following suit and taking apart a bible I had. But the more I thought about rebinding it somehow…I changed my mind…

    Trackback by study bible — March 1, 2007 @ 7:44 am

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