5 Stars Out Of 5
May 12, 2013
This Bible is beautifully made and crafted in such a way that it will last a lifetime. Now on to what Baronius Press has done with Msgr. Knox's translation. What immediately stands out is the craftsmanship involved in producing this volume. (I have experienced this type of quality production before with their Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary volume.) The quality of the binding, the paper, ribbon markers, and endpapers make this Bible standout from all of the other ones I own. This Bible is sturdy, yet very comfortable to read both by placing it flat on a table or by holding it in your hand or lap. This is the case no matter where in the text you are reading, from Genesis to Revelation (the Apocalypse). While this is not a portable, compact Bible, it can easily be brought to study and prayer groups, even Holy Mass. It is simply a standard sized Bible. I wonder if Baronius Press will eventually make different editions of the Knox Bible, like in a compact form or flexible leather, similar to what they have done with their Douay-Rheims editions.
For me, the highlight of this Bible is its single-column page layout. It is very easy on the eyes, and the quality cream colored Bible paper minimizes any issues with ghosted print image from the reverse of the page. That being said, I am not sure if I will ever write in this Bible. It is just too pretty! While having the verse numbers on the side can be a bit tricky at first, it becomes quite easy to use after only a few minutes. The many notes, both textual and commentary, from Msgr. Knox are clearly visible at the bottom of each page. I should mention that while there are not a ton of cross-references in this Bible, the notes in the New Testament do indicate where there are direct quotes from the Old Testament, as well as referencing similar passages found in the among the four Gospels. In addition, there are cross-references in the notes in the Old Testament as well, but not as many as are found in the New Testament.
If there is one criticism, and this is only minor, I would have appreciated a small selection of Bible maps in the appendix. The older Knox Bible that I own contained two line-drawn maps, which would have been a nice conclusion to this beautiful Bible. While it is always nice to have "the extras" with any Bible edition you purchase, the quality of this Bible allows me to easily overlook this minor omission.