Published in 2023, the Oecumenicum is a trilogy of books which pioneer features never combined in any other Holy Bible in history. Sometime around the 16th century, clergy and theologians began cluttering the Holy Bible with chapters, verse numbers, and footnotes, destroying the natural flow of venerable scriptures and stories. Five centuries later, a few visionary scholars began removing these annotations, returning the Holy Bible to a format of traditional, legible prose. Known as a “reader’s bible” this unencumbered layout allows testaments to be enjoyed as they were originally inscribed. Representing years of diligent formatting and compiling from a lone author, the Oecumenicum trilogy is the world’s first ecumenical reader’s bible, restoring ancient doctrines excluded from medieval editions, organizing them in a multiple volume set, printed in the United States of America. The text of this meticulously renewed tome, a rendition called the United States Christian Bible, is founded upon the highly respected American Standard Version, originally translated in 1901.

Reader's Bible

A "reader's bible" removes chapter and verse numbers, allowing scriptures to be read in a format similar to a novel

Printed in USA

USA orders are printed and bound in the United States of America

"Oecumenicum" Meaning

Oecumenicum is Latin for "ecumencial" which means something sacred to all Christian faiths


Integrates Orthodox books known as the "Apocrypha" which were removed from Protestant and Catholic translations


The entire Oecumenicum consists of three separate volumes

Single Author

All layout and formatting for the 2100 pages of the Oecumenicum was created by a lone author, Eric Muss-Barnes

United States Christian Bible (USCB)

Based upon the "American Standard Version (ASV)" translation, the text of the Oecumenicum is known as the "United States Christian Bible (USCB)" translation

Public Domain

The text of the USCB is in the public domain, falling under a Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

Volume I

Genesis • Exodus • Leviticus • Numbers • Deuteronomy • Job • Psalms • Proverbs • Ecclesiastes • Songs • Wisdom • Sirach

Volume II

Joshua • Judges • Ruth • Samuel • Kings • Chronicles • Manasses • Esdras • Ezra • Nehemiah • Esther • Tobit • Judith • Maccabees • Enoch

Volume III

Isaiah • Jeremiah • Lamentations • Baruch • Ezekiel • Daniel • Hosea • Joel • Amos • Obadiah • Jonah • Micah • Nahum • Habakkuk • Zephaniah • Haggai • Zechariah • Malachi • Matthew • Mark • Luke • John • Acts • Romans • Corinthians • Galatians • Ephesians • Philippians • Colossians • Thessalonians • Timothy • Titus • Philemon • Hebrews • James • Peter • Johannine • Jude • Revelation


Detailed explanation of how/why the Oecumenicum trilogy was crafted and designed in the manner it was created


The Oecumenicum compared to other popular reader's bibles

Name Of Bible Hardcover Price Paperback Price Number of Volumes Translation Printed In
Oecumenicum $180
($60 per volume)
($45 per volume)
3 United States Christian Bible (USCB) USA
Bibliotheca $170 $170 5 American Literary Version (ALV) Germany
CSB Reader’s Bible $150 n/a 5 Christian Standard Bible (CSB) China
ESV Reader's Bible $115 $150 6 English Standard Version (ESV) China
Sola Scriptura Bible $40 n/a 4 New International Version (NIV) China
NKJV Deluxe Reader's Bible n/a $23 1 New King James Version (NKJV) China
LSV Reader's Bible $95
($19 per volume)
n/a 5 Literary Standard Version (LSV) USA