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The Holy Bible: Authorized King James Version KJV Holy Bible (ILLUSTRATED) (King James Bible - Churched Authorized Version | Authorised BIble Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Its funny how Esau/Amalek made the book just out of reach of the poor Israelites. Oh well.
The NKJV stands on its own as a translation good for most all purposes of personal reading and study. Especially helpful in the NKJV is a system of footnotes, unparallelled in any other version, that fully and clearly inform the reader of the content and origins of major variant readings among the ancient manuscript (hand-copied, pre-printing-press) traditions.
The serious Bible student should have at least 3 or 4 different translations for comparative study, including the NKJV and/or the Old KJV. They are the only widely-selling versions in which the New Testament is based on the Greek "Textus Receptus". While the TR has some shortcomings, it is almost always a faithful representative of the "Majority Text" tradition -- the overwhelming majority of Greek NT manuscripts copied up thru the 15th Century. In contrast, almost all other modern translations (e.g., the ESV, NASB, NIV, RSV, NRSV, et. al.) depend for their Greek NT sources on only the 3 or 4 oldest (4th-5th Century) known manuscripts. While those old manuscripts must be seriously considered because of their closeness in time to the originals, the overwhelming preponderance of the Majority Text is also evidence in favor of its dependence on accurate predecessors.
NOW on to the "BUT" complaints above:
(1) That purple-and-gold picture appears to be joined to at least a few different NKJV editions. The one I received had a different page size and cover. Sellers need to make sure to post accurate pictures of what they are selling.
(2) The cardboard wrapper on the item I received says it is a "Large Print Compact Reference Bible". Wrong. The type size is about 8-point, which is almost impossibly small for me to read, even with my glasses. After this disappointment, I've looked into many Bible editions on a number of websites and discovered:
If it says "Compact" or "Personal Size" Bible, BEWARE -- THAT'S the relevant phrase! The fine print in some descriptions even says disingenuous things like, "8-point type, which is large for a Bible this size...." No. Small print is small print. If you do not want microscopic print, DO NOT buy a "Compact" or "Personal Size" Bible. If the font size is not listed, DO ask what it is. (12-point is the SMALLEST that legitimately can be called "Large".)
Publishers and sellers should not advertize small print in small Bibles as "Large".