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ESV Personal Reference Bible (Cloth Over Board, Timeless) Hardcover – April 30, 2015
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For me and my purposes, the ESV is the perfect translation (while not being perfect in and of itself it comes very close), and this particular bible is the size I was looking for. It's compact, but not small. It feels great in the hand, lies flat on a table when open (and this improves with use), it's sewn, the font is legible without being eccentric, the references are in the gutter (the inside of the pages) which means the bible text itself is always very visible. It's gilded on the page edges, and it's the 2011 version of the ESV.
This is the perfect all around bible for me. I plan to get it rebound in brown pebble grain goatskin, with leather liners, and three gold marker ribbons. It is my wish that my personal bible becomes a kind of family heirloom, handed down to my grandchildren, inspiring them to build their lives on the principles it contains.
And thus ends my long search for the perfect bible for me personally.
Along with a good portable size and an excellent literal translation of the Scripture itself, I would say that this is a great choice for anyone.
I love Amazon because when I received the Bible there was a defect in the binding, and Amazon replaced it even though I had already marked/written in it before I noticed the defect. The defect must have been a fluke because this second copy is just fine.
If you are looking for a small ESV which is easily readable, this is perfect for you!
In the gospel of Luke and the Exodus the verse numbers are not in the same size and boldness of the rest of the Bible, they are in the size and font of the footnote numbers which are smaller. I have yet to read through one of those books in it's entirety so I can't speak to how this will affect things
The soft-cover seems decent...it is plush, flexible, and stiched. I wouldn't call it "imitation leather" as it doesn't look at all like that, but it looks nice.
The print is small, but readable. The layout of the text is great: Single column, side references along the spine. The side reference has an attractive line demarcating it from the text...which is nice. When I was reading it along at Church I found my eyes following the text and not going out to the references.
This seems like a somewhat durable Bible...the binding appears to be sewn. I say "appears" because my own smythe sewn Bibles look very different. Either this was made to appear to be smythe sewn, or it might actually be. The Bible lays pretty flat when open, so it may be a combo of sewn and glued. Where it may break down most quickly is the soft-cover. As noted above, it is stiched, but the paper it adheres to doesn't seem particularly sturdy. It is not a leatherette page it's adhered to, but the fact it's stitched makes me think this will be one of the more durable low-priced personal-size Bibles available.
A big draw-back to me is that this is printed in China. I've purchased a couple of Bibles recently from different publishers, and both are using China to print. The investigating I've done leads me to believe Amity Press in China is producing these (it is the largest Bible printer in China...and is the only one authorized by the State, I believe). The company appears to be very loosely "Christian" and works in conjunction with the Chinese government with its "outreach" (which includes AIDS and sex instruction...encouraging the use of condomns among prostitutes rather than repentance and a way out of being a sex-slave). Attention "Christian" publishers...with the cost of importing these Bibles, your largely Christian consumers will likely pay an extra $5-$10 in order to not fund a crypto-christian printer in China so you can still meet your bottom line.
It's troubling to me that Christian publishers are going this route. I give this Bible 4 stars only because I know other publishers are using Amity...although this alone might be worthy of giving it only 1 star.
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Great version, beautiful cover, perfect size, good quality Bible paper so it doesn't show thru very much, font is very...Read more