I heard about Cambridge Bibles in the past, but they were really REALLY EXPENSIVE~!! My initial thoughts were, "Well, it's the word of God that Counts." However, I don't want to replace my bibles over the periods of time whereas I could have purchased a ONE good bible.
Why buy the Goat-skin edition?:
Most bibles usually have End-sheets bonded to the leather, which cracks in the long run at the hinge, but the Black goat-skin edition has leather-on-leather. Also the goatskin has red/gold gild, instead of the traditional gold, or red gild around the sides.
If you're willing to spent over 120 to 150+ dollars on a higher quality bible that would last you a long time, just add $20 more and purchase this bible.
The font is large enough to avoid squinting and the words are spaced perfectly. The wide margins allow for study notes while preserving the quality of the text. The extra pages in the back allow for more study notes without having to use additional note books. I would recommend a Bible sharpie to take notes.
This Bible allows for personal Bible study without all the commentary and comments.
I preface this review with, if you don't have problems with this Bible, then you have one published before Cambridge changed how/where they bind these. I'd love to know where to get an older one, as I adore this Bible, but it's unusable.Cambridge, at one time, offered the top of the line Bible. They have changed who does their binding and as such, this Bible with so many features and beautiful goatskin isn't worth the paper it was printed on. I bought two and both didn't lay flat, but stuck up in the air, which is a symptom of the bigger problem: when you gently pull on a page, it pops out of the Bible.I contacted the store that I bought it to return the second (which was worse than the first, by the way) and she said that their quality has gone way down and they have a lot of problems with the binding of this Bible also.It's so unfortunate, as this is the only wide margin Bible with lined paper in the back and with margins wider than 1" and it is unusable. Perhaps, they should look into paying more and do a Smyth sewn binding - this is NOT and it shows. They side sew the pages and they glue it to the spine--this I would expect from a $20 Bible. In fact, I have a $20 Bible that is made just this way. Even if the pages stayed in the Bible, it is not worth the price. The binding is stiff and the spine broke on my first one (which I had a week). If you want to write notes on the inner margin of this Bible, you'll be writing on a major arch, if you can write on it at all and have it be legible.I would have thought that Cambridge, with their reputation being what it ONCE was, would want to maintain it with quality binding. Wow, what a shame!
I received my Cambridge WM KJV today. I was very impressed with it. I am certain I will enjoy it. I carried it to our friday night Prayer Meeting (five over Preachers) and they were all very impressed also. I have used Cambridge Bibles for years. My last Cambridge was a WMC 254. I have preached out of it since 1991. Still in very good shape inspite of the rough handling, I have submitted it to :D. I would recommend Cambridge WM to anyone. Thanks all.Bro. H. Andrew Payne
This is by far the best Bible that I have ever owned. The cover is soft, durable, edge lined goatskin leather that is built to last for decades. The paper is bright, thick, strong, and shows no bleed through when using Sakura Micron 005 pens or Zebrite Bible Highlighters. As a matter of fact my notes are barely visible from the other side of the page. The print is sharp, clear, and bold, without any inconsitant printing anywhere. The margins are huge with plenty of room to write notes and references. The text is the TRUE Authorized KJV text without any of the word moderniztion or careless spelling, grammer, and punctuation found in many of the KJB's being published today. The glossary, concordance, and extra lined pages in the back are all great. If you are a serious Bible student looking for a Bible that will last a lifetime this is the one! Even though it is expensive, it is one of the few Bibles on the market today that is actually worht every penny! I give this Bible my highest recommendation!