Bibliotheca: Complete Paperback Set
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- Designed according to time-tested typographic methods to foster immersive, comfortable reading.
- Free of all added conventions such as chapter and verse numbers, section headers, cross-references, and annotation.
- Typeset with original typefaces optimized for readability and designed specially for this edition.
- Printed and bound in Germany by Kösel, est. 1593.
- Smyth sewn, lay-flat binding.
- Smooth, opaque mineral paper (wood-free, acid-free, stone-based); made in Austria without the use of bleach.
About the Translation, The American Literary Version of the Biblical Library
- Freshly revised from the 1901 American Standard Version.
- Reviewed by Ph.D. biblical language experts holding positions at institutions such as Oxford, Emory, Wheaton, Fuller, and Ashland Theological Seminary who, without damaging the literary quality of the base translation, suggested many changes to bring the translation up to par with where textual criticism and Greek and Hebrew lexicography currently stand.
- Exceptionally literal among contemporary translations, preserving considerably more of the concreteness, strangeness, ambiguity, repetition, and grammatical structure (parataxis and syntax) of the original languages, and allowing the reader to more closely encounter the intricate, often perplexing texts of the biblical library.
- Archaic pronouns and verbs have been replaced with modern equivalents—“thou” with “you,” “doth” with “does,” etc.
- While explicitly archaic and obscure English vocabulary has been removed, the characteristic literary quality of the base translation has been preserved wherever possible; e.g.
Note: The paperback edition features the same lay-flat, Smyth sewn binding as the clothbound edition. (It is not “perfect bound” like most paperbacks.) The cover is acid-free paperboard made from 100% recycled material.
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