On the Left. That is my beloved NIV1984 UltraThin Reference Bible, published by Holman Bible Publishers in 1986. I bought it at a used bookstore in Nashville, TN, in the Spring of 2002. I was in college, and for one of my classes, we went on a field trip, which took me to Nashville.
It’s out of print, but I wouldn’t part with it. I has a special place in my heart. Though I’ve since purchased other Bibles, I always find myself coming back to it and keeping it close.
Perhaps I can humor you will a little story about it: when my son was about 3 or 4, he torn out a page and handed it to me–page 981 on one side (the end of Acts 18 and most of chapter 19) and page 982 (the rest of chapter 19 and most of chapter 20).
Of course, I was a bit upset. But I managed to crack a smile. I got some tape and took care of it. Every time I turn to the New Testament, it goes to that place, and I remember that day with a smile. My son and I will always have that special moment.
On the Right. This will be my beloved Greek New Testament, NA27. I bought it in 2003.
In January of 2004, at the beginning of my 1&2 Thessalonians class for seminary, I spilled coffee on it. It was opened at the end of Colossians 4 and the beginning of 1 Thessalonians 1, where we were. Yep, it’s coffee stained.
Now you know why.