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CSB Pastor's Bible, Brown Genuine Leather Leather Bound – October 1, 2017
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1. Large, readable single column text. Font 11 made use of much of the white space that existed in the previous rendition.
2. THREE BOOKMARKS. I repeat, THREE BOOKMARKS! I don't understand why more Bibles don't have more bookmarks, but the CSB Pastor's Bible has three bookmarks with different colors. Especially useful when preaching, since I don't have to put sticky notes for my cross references.
3. Passes the Genesis 1 and Revelation 22 test. I opened to Genesis 1, gave slight pressure to the spine, and it laid flat. The leather cover does an excellent job at weighing down the book, and the wider pages prevent it from flipping over by itself.
This is my only con, and it's a strange one. In between the Psalms and Proverbs, there is a random insert of multiple sermons for various occasions, such as funerals and weddings. I have no idea why they included this in the middle of the Bible, since the HCSB had them at the end with the other essays. The placement is awkward and unnecessary.
Overall, I'm satisfied with the Bible, and I look forward to using it more!
I gave this Bible only two stars for the product itself. It is subpar at best. The edition I received did come with a brown, goatskin leather cover which is probably its strong point. However, the product had several serious flaws that immediately conveyed to me that this Bible was done cheaply (in China), and that it was done quickly to rush it to market. First, even though the paper has minimal bleedthrough and good line-matching, the paper is very thin and of poor quality. I'm not sure how it will stand up to hours of use, and writing on it may prove to be a mistake. Second, the gold gilding on the page edges was not what you would expect in a $100 Bible. It was poorly applied, causing most of the pages to be stuck together (see photo). When paying high dollars for a Bible, one should not have to go through and unstick every page in it. You would only expect this from the cheap, big-box store variety of Bibles. This poor quality gilding also causes the corners of the pages to curl up which, again, is not found in the better made Bibles (see photo). My edition also had several pages in the Old Testament section that were so stuck together with gold gilding at the rounded corners that I ended up tearing them trying to get them apart (see photo) - a major flaw in production not to mention poor quality control. But what can one expect when a product is made in China? I have had the HCSB Ministers Bible for over 7 years which was made in South Korea, and the quality of it far surpasses this one.
So, having made the decision to switch from the HCSB to the revised CSB, I was eagerly waiting for this Bible to become available but after receiving it I was extremely disappointed in Holman Publishing for putting out this poor quality product. Again, I reiterate, this should not be taken as a reflection on the translation itself, which is an excellent one. Pastors, such as myself, as well as Bible binding aficianados expect much more than this from Bible publishers today. J.Mark Bertrand and others have raised our awareness that if you are going to take it upon yourself to publish a Bible, God's Word should be shown respect by creating a product that is well done. This one is not.