We don't often stop to consider all that goes into creating a Bible.
Whether it's choosing the right paper, setting up the printing presses, sewing the binding, applying the gilding, or selecting the best leather for the cover, there are countless steps that must be meticulously executed in manufacturing a high-end Bible that reflects the beauty and worth of the words that it contains.
"As Christians, we cherish the Bible more than any other book, so it is appropriate to produce it with the utmost integrity, with the highest quality materials, and in a format that will last for years," comments Don Jones, Vice President of Bible Publishing at Crossway.
A Visit to the Netherlands
Last year, Crossway sent a video team to Royal Jongbloed in the Netherlands, one of the world's premier Bible binderies. Founded in 1862, the company employs over 100 people with an office covering 10,000 square meters, and is the exclusive manufacturer of a number of ESV Bibles, including the ESV Heirloom Thinline Bible, ESV Heirloom Wide Margin Reference Bible, ESV Heirloom Single Column Legacy Bible, and ESV Omega Thinline Reference Bible.
"The Heirloom line was born out of a desire to make the Bible available in a beautiful and enduring format—a format that reflects the enduring beauty of the Scriptures themselves," notes Jones. "This desire was brought to bear upon every production decision, down to the smallest details. This vision led us to establish a relationship with Jongbloed. With many decades of experience, Jongbloed has honed their craft to near perfection."
Designed to Last a Lifetime
All of the ESV Bibles produced at Jongbloed conform to the highest standards of quality and feature:
- premium European Bible paper (28 GSM)
- hand-crafted, edge-lined sewn bindings
- vegetable tanned goatskin leather covers originating in India and finished in the United Kingdom
- hand-sprayed art gilding
- genuine spine hubs
- four high-quality ribbon markers
- our lifetime ESV Bible Guarantee
As Jacco Klok, International Sales & Marketing Manager at Jongbloed, notes, the Bible is a truly "special book" deserving of the highest quality materials and processes so that it will "last for a lifetime."
We couldn't agree more.
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