The CSB Ultrathin Reference Bible is easy-to-carry and easy-to-read, featuring a robust center-column, cross-reference system, 8.5-point type, and an ultrathin design which slips easily into a purse, briefcase, or backpack. As America’s oldest Bible Publisher, Holman is a pioneer in the development of Ultrathin Bibles, giving careful attention to breakthroughs in typography and paper manufacturing to produce a Bible that combines readability, portability, and durability. Features include: Smyth-sewn binding, Presentation page, Two-column text, Center-column cross references, Topical subheadings, Words of Christ in red, 8.5-point type, Concordance, Full-color maps, and more. The CSB Ultrathin Reference Bible features the highly readable, highly reliable text of the Christian Standard Bible (CSB). The CSB stays as literal as possible to the Bible's original meaning without sacrificing clarity, making it easier to engage with Scripture's life-transforming message and to share it with others.
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Late last year Holman announced that they will soon be releasing the Christian Standard Bible. Like some of you, I groaned at the thought of another translation going into an already flooded market of English scripture translations. The CSB is a revision of the popular Holman Christian Standard Bible that was released in 2004. Holman described the CSB as neither a Dynamic or a formal equivalent translation, but describes it as an optimal translation. The introduction to the CSB states, “Optimal equivalence as a translation philosophy recognizes that form cannot always be neatly separated from meaning and should not be changed unless comprehension demands it.” The readability of the CSB is greatly improved over its HCSB counterpart. Though the HCSB was fairly easy to read there were parts that did not flow well. This has been corrected in the CSB. Tradition theological vocabulary such as justification, sanctification, and the like have been retained . The only drawback with the translation is regard to cultural ideology. In the introduction the CSB states, “The goal of the translators has not been to promote a cultural ideology but to translate the Bible faithfully. Recognizing modern English, the CSB regularly translates the Greek word for ‘man’ as ‘people’.” That is perhaps the only drawback of the translation, as cultural factors are a factor in proper hermeneutics. Overall the CSB Ultrathin Reference Bible is good looking with a nice leather exterior. The pages are thin, but strong and will stand up to daily use. All things considered it is a good translation. [Note: This book was provided free of charge from B&H Publishing in exchange for an honest review.]
I was quite skeptical about the LeatherTouch version of the CSB. I tend to go for quality editions of Bibles. But given that the price is excellent and I was quite anxious to get my hands on a copy of the CSB as fast as possible I decided to go ahead and order it anyway. Well, I'm glad that I did. The Bible itself features a sewn binding that is neither too tight nor too loose. The paper seems decent. The printing and typesetting are very good. The LeatherTouch cover is surprisingly pleasant and I think it might break in very well over time. Words I never thought I would write. Of course, more usage is necessary to say for sure. The Bible stays open and lies relatively flat. No complaints in that department. This ultrathin edition is very lightweight and easy to handle. Some people may have a problem with the 8.5 point Bible Serif typeface but it is plenty large enough for me. Be aware, there is a large print version of this exact same LeatherTouch CSB with a 9.5 point typeface. The cross-references and foot notes are very tiny but very legible. This Bible comes with a single red ribbon, black endpapers, and red and black head and tail bands. (A very nice touch: the LeatherTouch cover is sewn around the perimeter on the outside using black thread and around the inside perimeter with red thread. Looks very fancy and is a surprising touch for a bible in this price category.) The text of the CSB is a fairly heavy duty revision of the HCSB. I'm sure there are worthwhile critiques to be made by both liberal Christians and ultraconservative Christians regarding this revision but I find it easier to read and more sensical in many of it's translation choices. It is also more pleasurable to read. I am surprised to say this but I highly recommend the LeatherTouch binding of this new CSB. The revision seems to be very worthwhile and the materials used are a good value for the price and should last for a bit.