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Thomas Kincaid Engraved Family Bible

Buying an engraved Bible (some prefer to use the term “imprinted”) is something entirely different than buying just a Bible. If you are looking for a good price on any version of the Bible per se (KJV, NIV, NLT, RSV etc.) you can pick from thousand resellers. If you want an engraved Bible your have to go to a large distributor that offers engraving as a service. The cost of imprinting typically is under $15, so you have to do some homework in order to figure out the best combination between the price of the Bible you want and how much you will spend on having it engraved. This is especially important when you plan to order more than one copy. When it comes to Christian Books there is one distributor that stands above everybody else: CBD (Christian Book Distributors). This company has a strong reputation and very often offers prices that cannot be beaten by anyone else. Currently, they charge only $5 for having a Bible personalized. CBD’s selection of Bibles is very impressive. You will be probably be able to find an edition that is most suitable for your personal tastes or your particular denomination whether you are Baptist, Catholic or Eastern Orthodox. The advantage of dealing with a large respected bookseller like CBD is that they take good care of their customers. In case if the name on the Bible has been misspelled you can return the book, as attested by some volumes one can find on the bargain tables during CBD warehouse sales that take place several times a year.

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When it comes to personalizing the Bible it is my belief that it is best done with a verse from the Bible . Psalms 118:105 is a popular choice: Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. But not have this verse in Latin? Latin is a traditional language of inscriptions. The original language of this verse is Hebrew, but you may have a more difficult time finding an engraving service capable of reproducing it. Also, Latin is a perfect choice for Catholics. If you cannot read the Vulgate, at least engrave a verse from it!

Lucerna pedibus meis verbum tuum et lumen semitis meis.

According to the well-respected seller of this New Living Translation Metal Bible, "due to the metal cover, these Bibles cannot be imprinted." Imprinted – no. But how about engraved? This could be a very fresh idea for a religious gift. Otherwise, personalization of Bibles is usually done by leather engraving or imprinting (I am partial to imprinting especially because this is a single largest source of some very cheap Bibles which were imprinted erroneously). I believe in this particular case you would have to purchase a Bible and contact a qualified engraver.