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The Blank Bible

Note Taking at its Holiest

If you haven’t heard of the Blank Bible, you will soon. It is not like what you might think – a blank Bible. Rather, it is only half blank. It is a Bible for note taking and journaling. For every page of your Bible, there is a blank page for your personal notes.

It is a new trend started by Tony Reinke who now has made more blank books than just a Bible. The idea was based on Jonathan Edwards “Blank Bible” whereby he constructed a Bible with leaves of foolscap in between the pages of the Old and New Testaments. It has been published in The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Volume 24.

Last year I stumbled up on some web pages covering the idea and even documenting how some have made these Bibles themselves. It is quite interesting how they do it. Most of them prefer ESV Bible although any version will do. They cut and remove the binding from the pages, compile the pages with blank paper, and bind them with spirals.

One blogger in particular, Matt Blair, announced an essay contest to win his Reformation Study “Blank” Bible. It was back in March of this year. I never really win stuff online (although I try every time to win tickets to Ligonier and T4TG Conferences!), but I thought that I would give a try. I was pretty confident that I would not win.

However, to my surprise, I received an email from Matt early in mid September. By this time I had already forgotten about the contest and confused Matt with another person. So it took me a few minutes to figure out what the email was pertaining to.

My essay was chosen! He said, “I do hope you are still interested.” I was so excited that I responded and forgot to give him my address. I didn’t know what to say really. I was too excited.

He was kind enough to send me the box of spiral books for free. They were scheduled to arrive during the time that hurricane Ike hit us here in Houston, but God kept them safe. I received them sometime after the storm.

I opened the box to examine them and took some pictures for you all to see. Really good work by Matt! I’ll be putting these to use in the coming months and will try to document as much as I can about the experience. They are new phenomena and so I don’t know what to expect. In the meantime, check out my blank Bible photos below.

If you want to read more about these Bibles or how to make one of your own, here are some helpful links to some that I have found most interesting:

Matt Blair
http://thefoolishgalatian.wordpress.com/2008/02/06/the-reformation-studyblank-bible-conversion

Tony Reinke
http://spurgeon.wordpress.com/2006/11/30/tss-blank-bible-index

Todd Young
http://experiencingreformation.blogspot.com/2008/01/building-blank-bible-for-my-dad.html

ESV
http://www.esv.org/blog/2006/08/blank.bible

History of Jonathan Edwards’ Blank Bible (Video)
http://jonathanedwardscenter.blogspot.com/2006/08/videoblog-2-blank-bible-we-have.html

Posted by Jacob Abshire on October 8th, 2008 - 6:50 pm
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