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The Holy Bible New Revised Standard Version

The NRSV Standard Bible utilizes a unique blend of text formats that are designed for ease of reading and greater reader comprehension of the various literary forms embodied in the scriptures. This resource features a single column text in the prose sections and double columns in the poetic sections (Psalms, Proverbs, wisdom books, and Minor Prophets). The NRSV is the most trusted, most accepted, and most accurate English translation of the Bible available today.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1536 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne (October 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061946516
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061946516
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Leather bound, typical thin paper, good text size.
Konstantinos A. Soulos
The wood-cut pictures are very attractive and the print is larger than in most regular-print Bibles and of a very readable font.
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I ordered this even after reading the negative comments, and am glad that I did.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By William B. Jones on March 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is an exquisite edition of the New Revised Standard Version of the Christian Scriptures, a scholarly translation which seeks to render the Bible in contemporary English. The paper is highest quality Bible-paper, and the print larger than most bibles of this size. The binding is both attractive and durable. Were it not for the less-than-optimal print darkness (it is a bit light on the thin paper), I would consider it a five-star offering. As it is, it is still the most appealing edition of this version I have seen.

Each book of the bible is set-off by a wood-cut design unique to that book. If you are looking for a good-quality, easy to read Protestant edition of this translation (the companion Harper Catholic NRSV is equally attractive, with the books ordered as in the Roman Catholic tradition), this is one to consider. (Buyers should know this is not a "study bible" editon, as it has no notes other than minor footnotes on textual variants. For a full study edition of this version, see either the HarperCollins Study Bible or the New Oxford Annotated Bible).
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This hardback Bible has a smooth black and tan leather-like binding that feels very nice in the hand. The wood-cut pictures are very attractive and the print is larger than in most regular-print Bibles and of a very readable font. There are helpful subject headings. The Bible lies flat when open. The concordance in the back is helpful, but not exhaustive.

My one complaint is with the pages. The paper is quite thin, and the print can been seen through them, especially the book titles and wood-cut pictures, which are dark enough to obscure the print on the other side of the page. The outer edges of the pages also curl upward instead of lying flat, which makes turning to a particular passage difficult.

I am glad to see publishers finally trying to print decent looking NRSV Bibles. This one is an improvement over most, but could have been better with different paper and perhaps a soft, flexible cover instead of hardback.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Summerwalk on October 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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This bible is nearly unreadable as the pages are way too thin. There is too much bleed through. Trying to read it is almost impossible as the words, and pictures, on the other side of the page can be seen thru the one you are currently reading.

I was able to see this same bible in person at 3 separate bookstores and they all look the same. I only state that - so you will know that what I am seeing on my Amazon one is not unique or an error copy.

Also to note...words of Christ are not in red ink.

I was so looking forward to using/studying this bible for years. Very disappointed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Jones on September 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The New Revised Standard Version is the most understandable translation that I have ever read. The NRSV gives me a clear picture and I am excited to be reading it! This particular Bible is amazing because of its formatting - the prose is in single-column format (like an actual book) and the poetry is in two-column format. That makes it so much easier to distinguish between the two and also adds to the great experience of reading the NRSV. The paper is just the right thickness, I love the hard cover, the woodcut images are excellent, and the text is not interrupted by notes all over the place, making it a smooth, flowing read instead of a frustrating hunt for the next phrase. The Concordance in the back is fine, and if you want to do more of a study than a reading, then you will need to seek out a good Study Bible because this one is straightforward, bare-bones reading text. This Bible is exactly what I have been looking for!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jason D. Freyer on January 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
In recent days, it's been harder and harder to find the "just right" translation of the scriptures. When I was asked to organize my church's confirmation class, I set out to find the translation that would work the best for kids who were trying to gain ownership of their faith. The NRSV did the trick, and this new edition from Harper is the best! It's durable enough to keep up with a caving trip, and very easy to read. The kids love it too. This bible comes with my fullest recommendation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Hale on May 5, 2011
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As soon as I picked this volume up in the bookstore, I knew I would have to go home and buy it on Amazon! :) I think the NRSV Standard Bible is clearly one the best quality Bibles you can get for the price. A durable, attractive cover, quality paper, and a sewn binding make this a book that will last a long time if properly cared for. That sewn binding also means that this Bible will lay flat from the first to last page--a wonderful feature for studying at a desk or table. Unique woodcuts appear at the beginning of each book, adding an appealing artistic touch without being overbearing. I love the single-column style throughout.

The book is a convenient size with extremely readable type--not too big, not too small. That said, it is a bit heavier than most of your portable thinline Bibles. It's not too heavy so as to prohibit carrying to church, but it's probably not a Bible I'd carry around with me all the time.

This Bible only comes with one ribbon; I'd prefer at least three. I was also slightly disappointed that this edition does not include the Apocrypha.

Nevertheless, for what this is (a $20 Bible) I have to give it 5 stars for quality and attention to detail. You really can't go wrong.
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