I have what I call my ‘regular’ Bible, which is a cheap Bible that is a mess of dogears, stains, highlighting, pen & pencil notes, stickytabs, tape. It’s good for study, but lousy for class: full of distractions. To avoid teaching from its encrusted pages, for years I’ve simply printed out the verses I need for a given class in the order I’ll use them. That’s fine, but then I teach from a piece of paper instead of the Bible; it’s not the same for 6th-graders. They need to see The Book Itself be held; pages turned; words read.
This year I’ve dropped paper printouts and have a second Bible, the Lecture Bible, for class. It’s the same as the Regular Bible, but new, i.e., a new copy of the same NAB edition. I only mark in it what will be used in class. Here it is opened to Isaiah 53, part of the Isaiah-through-Malachi classes:
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