KJV New Cambridge Paragraph Bible with Apocrypha Personal Size, Calfskin, black
The best in English Bibles since 1611
There are many reasons I regard this edition as superior to all others I have seen.
1) The paragraph format this edition uses groups prose text into paragraphs largely according to the original paragraph marks of the KJV, marking verses with superscript numbers very much like the format of modern translations. This is a very rare feature for this version and far better than the traditional verse-by-verse indentation, visually connecting related verses and rejoining broken sentences for better flow of thought. It only takes some getting used to. The paragraphs are larger than modern standards, separating situational settings rather than units of thought.
The poetic portions of scripture, primarily Job through the Song of Solomon and much of the prophets, are indented line by line as in free verse, emphasizing their true literary beauty.
2) Quotation marks have been added to identify speech.
3) The layout is significantly cleaner with the elimination of cross-references (which, though helpful, clutter) and the center column, the italics (judged by the editor as inaffective), the lining of the footnotes with their base text on one margin without superscript letters in the text body, and the lack of study notes, explanatory subheaders, and introductions. The font is easy to read.
4) As with most Cambridge Bibles, the Preface from the Translators to the Reader is published, very informative, heartfelt, and rich, written by Mile Gates. Most publishers only include the Dedicatory which ridiculously and inaccurately flatters King James I, likely for his favor.
5) The editor updated a few spellings and restored others to the original forms, and fixed a few awkward punctuations.
The only downsides are slight: the absence of an economy leather binding option, which would help make this edition affordable for tight budgets, and the lack of a wide margin option, though the inner margin leaves some space between footnotes and the poetic passages even more.
This Bible is the ideal choice for the studious Christian who loves and desires to emphasize the purity, strength, and beauty of the King James Version.
October 5, 2012
eASY TO READ
THIS NEW EDITION IS GREAT, THE CORECTIONS ARE UNDERSTANDABLE AND DOES NOT CHANGE THE TRUE WORD, LIKE MOST OF YOUR NEW VERSIONS DO. It keeps the KING JAMES BIBLES HISTORY INTACT. I FIND IT EASIER TO READ WITH THE COLUMS GO ACROSS THE WHOLE PAGE , READS LIKE A BOOK. IF YOU LOVE THE KING JAMES YOU WILL NOT BE SORY IN YOUR PURCHASE, GOOD PRICE
March 7, 2012
The leather has a smooth and supple feel to it. The font is similar to other personal size bibles. Having two ribbon markers instead of one is a nice plus. I am glad I bought this Bible. And I really like that the apocrypha has been retained as it was in the original KJV. If you don't want the apocrypha retained, there is an edition without it.
February 8, 2012