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Posted December 28, 1999
Nice wide margins, thick paper (that you can't see through), leather with a soft but rugged feel to it. Lovely Bible! The people at Foundation Publications know what they're doing!
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Posted July 2, 2002
I purchased my first NASB (1971 version) over 20 years ago. Here are some of the things I like about this version: 1. The version itself: This is the new updated version. If you've seen comparisons of the various Bible versions, the NASB generally is described as the most literal version (word-for-word accuracy) of the Bible that sometimes suffers in terms of readability for that very reason. I believe the reputation has been largely undeserved. There were occasional awkward constructions but, all in all, it was quite readable. With this version they have gone back over sentence structure, vocabulary, etc. with a view toward improving the readability and flow of the language. They have also removed archaic words like Thee and Thou. I think they have succeeded in improving readability without compromising the accuracy of the translation. We now have a literal, word-for-word translation that reads with the best of the modern versions. (I initially liked the NIV, but eventually got to the point where I realized that without an accurate word-for-word translation close by, I would never really know what the Bible was saying.) 2. Large print (11 point). It's not outrageously large, just larger than the normal 7-9 point font size that you regularly see. Great if you are over 40 or just like a larger font. 3. Single column layout with side cross-references. I find that a single column allows my eye to track more naturally across the page, similar to reading a book. The side column references are extensive and helpful without crowding the actual text of the Bible. Also, there is ample space for notes in the generous margins. 4. Quality. From the paper to the layout to the typeface to the binding (Smyth-sewn), everything is done with excellence. If you've been disappointed lately with the quality of Bibles, you won't be with this one. One caveat: The leather of this version is not as supple and soft as you may be used to. It's kind of grainy--but nice grainy--and it does soften up with use. This, however, does not detract from the overall perception of quality. (BTW, there is a new deluxe version (calfskin) of this edition coming out soon (due 7/15/02) using the finest genuine cowhide and an even higher quality paper.) I am very enthusiastic about this version and the quality of the production of this Bible. Highly recommended!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 16, 2002
I have used one of these since 1972, and would never want anything different. There is lots of room to write my notes on the side, the translation is in my opinion, the best, and the cross-references, and concordance give it everything I could ask for in a Bible.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 6, 2000
I chose this NASB Bible for 2 main reasons: it's widely touted accuracy, and it's wide margins. I'm very happy with it. The outside margin is 1 1/8' so I can write in whole Bible study chains on a side. I use the cross-reference system every time I open the Bible whether for personal study or for following the pastor in church. It is a very useful tool. The concordance is probably the largest you'll ever find in a Bible. Plus, the type size is 11, so it's not too small. I've used many different Bible versions including NKJV, NLT, TEV, & GW. But the NASB uses words with such rich and full meaning. And since it's a word for word translation, I can trust it's authenticity. I thoroughly enjoy my daily Bible study with it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 18, 2000
Discover the truth in the inspired Word of God by reading the New American Standard Bible. The updated edition continues the NASB's commitment to accuracy while increasing clarity and readability. Vocabulary, grammar, and sentence structure have been carefully updated for greater understanding and smoother reading. The NASB remains the most literally accurate Bible in the English language. This Bible features: 6-1/2' X 9-1/4' Trim Size, Black Letter Edition, Cross References & Translator's Notes, Concordance, 10 Full-page Maps.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 16, 2000
Received this Bible as a gift and absolutely love it. Nice cover, good margin size for adding my own notes, lots of cross-references, sticks to Biblical content without alot of interpretive remarks. A bit big, but that makes the text easily readableWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.