Update on the Wesmister Reference Bible

Just a quick note:

The WRB has been pushed back until late summer but they will accept pre-orders. The hardback versions are $24, and the calfskin edition is $80.This info is from Trinitarian Bible Society USA.Phone:(616) 735-3695 ♦ Fax:(616) 785-7237email: TBSUSA@sbcglobal.net



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  3. Andrew Suttles · March 7, 2012

    Great timing, JM. I was just Googling around to see if I could find anything more about it. Have they released anything showing the page layout or binding options?

    • jm · March 7, 2012

      Brother Andrew, I remember seeing a pdf from TBS with an image of the Westminster Reference Bible that had two columns of text and two columns of references. I believe these Bibles will be printed and produced by Cambridge which means the spine will be stitched, in hardcover and calfskin.

      • Andrew Suttles · March 8, 2012

        I’m not sure if I’d like it or not. I’m thinking about getting a copy of the Windsor format. I usually don’t follow all the references and two columns of references may be a bit much – unless they are topical like the Scofield or Thompson Chain.

        What I’d really like is a nice KJV with Geneva notes and cross references at the bottom.

      • jm · March 8, 2012

        I really like the Windsor text. It’s very clean, nice pages, with an easy to read font. Here’s a KJV with Geneva notes: http://www.lulu.com/product/hardcover/authorised-version—1672—wgeneva-notes—ot/644022

  4. Chris Poe · March 8, 2012

    Do you know if the calfskin will be made by Jongbloed (sp?) in the Netherlands? I know that they made some of the copies of the Windsor edition but others were made in Belarus. After no more than 18 months the cover of my Windsor (made in Belarus) is starting to separate from the binding. I’ve been meaning to contact TBS about it but never got around to it. Some of the pages are wrinkled too, but that wasn’t that big of an issue to me because it was still readable. Due to the low price I didn’t go to the trouble of returning it for that reason alone.

    Based on what I’ve seen on the Bible Design Blog and elsewhere, Jognbloed has a good reputation. But if they are not making all of them I’m not sure if I’m going to invest in the Westminster in Calfskin, even though it looks like it might end up being the best reference Bible on the market.

    • jm · March 8, 2012

      Chris, I don’t know what happened with your Windsor Bible but the three I have here, that I gave to my children shorty after they were first published, seem to be standing up to a lot of abuse. They look fine. The binding is better then the Concord TBS Bible I use as my daily Bible. I’ve had my eye on the Bibles from Local Church for a long time now so I might just buy one of them as my next daily Bible.

  5. Andrew Suttles · August 1, 2012

    Pushed back to late summer? Well…it’s late summer!

    • jm · August 2, 2012

      Andrew, I’ve given up on it and have decided to buy cheap Bibles from now on.

    • Chris Poe · August 2, 2012

      I asked about this in mid June and was told it was expected here in the Fall, Sept. or Oct.

      • Chris Poe · August 2, 2012


        Ima Babdist, jus da Bible fer me!

        There are many who will like the confessions being included I’m sure. There was a vocal contingent on Evangelical Bible’s FB page pushing for it. At this point what I’m looking for is a good reference Bible that will hopefully last for a good while. That’s why I’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of the Westminster. If it really is coming out in Oct. then I may hold off until then. (Basically the only other options are Allan, LCBP or something else for TBS. And I’m only planning to get one.) But if it gets pushed back until 2013 or something, then I’ll likely just go with something else.

        I like this glimpse that Evangelical Bible provided. The cross references are reportedly from John Brown of Haddington’s Self-Interpreting Bible, although I don’t know what edition they are taken from. Once I got the Self-Interpreting Bible I saw that there are a lot of notes in the margin along with the cross references and the commentary at the bottom. (Those notes were mostly if not exclusively the work of subsequent editors and the edition I have (1916 IIRC) is one of the last ones published.) But I’m glad to see that the Westminster Reference appears to only have the cross references, perhaps the usual KJV marginal notes and the modern equivalents of archaic words. I like the font too. It’s hard to tell but it looks somewhat similar to the Windsor. And if the price mentioned earlier is correct this will be a better value than the TBS Concord.

      • jm · August 2, 2012

        Any thoughts on Dr. Beeke’s AV study Bible with its emphasis on personal and family worship? It is scheduled for 2014.

  6. Chris Poe · August 2, 2012


    I think that Bible sounds like a good idea as well although one wonders if it will be a real improvement over Ryle, Spurgeon, etc. Regardless, given the men involved, I’m optimistic about its usefulness.

    Lord willing I plan to get it when it comes out. If they say 2014, maybe it will be 2016. I hope not, but the original date for the ESV Study bible was 2005 and it ended up being 2008. But since this is more devotional and doesn’t require all the work with maps, etc. hopefully it won’t take that long. But I know they are raising $$ for the project as well. I suppose that could impact when it comes out. I watched a HNRC service on Sermon Audio a few months ago and they took up a collection for it.

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