Bible Review: St. Polycarp Reference Bible, Protestant Edition

This Protestant Edition Reference Bible from St. Polycarp Publishers is printed in the World English Bible (WEB) translation and contains the full text of the old and new testaments, 66 books total. The text is printed in 2 columns of 8-point font and the notes at the bottom of the page are printed slightly smaller than that.

Prior to receiving this Bible I was unfamiliar with the WEB translation but I’ve come to really enjoy it. The translation is based on the American Standard Version, the Greek Majority Text, and the Hebrew Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia. It’s mostly a word-for-word translation, but still presents a very readable modern version of scripture. Upon opening the Old Testament, the first thing I noticed about the translation was the lack of the well-known all-caps “LORD” in place of the tetragrammaton which is instead translated “Yahweh.” I found this feature rather interesting and I’m torn as to what to think about it, whether “LORD” is an unnecessary tradition or a significant tradition that shows reverence for the Holy Name. Either way, this is most certainly a fine translation to keep readily available. More information can be found about the translation in the preface to the World English Bible or online.

Multiple footnotes can be found throughout the Bible explaining things like the length of a cubit, what is a teraphim, and helpful translation notes. The notes include places where there are textual variants followed by the text of the variants.

There is not much to be said about the binding, it is a glue-bound plain grey hardback Bible. It has a nice minimalist aesthetic.

Overall it’s a good Bible I intend to use in my personal studies. Its best feature is arguably the most important: the translation. I believe the WEB to be pretty solid and I’m glad to see it in print.


I received a copy of this Bible in exchange for my fair and honest review.

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