i was a bit shocked when i saw the cover. it looks like cheap vinyl cover. i searched for a genuine leather, NASB, with book introductions, and that was an indexed bible that wasn't too bulky to carry around. This was the one that had everything I wanted. the font is clear and easy to read. I will keep this bible despite the cheap look cover. There aren't as many choices in NASB as there are in other versions. It seems that most bibles now a days have reduced quality
Ryrie study bible's have changed over the past couple of years in their look and design. While I prefered the older layout, this new bible is still a good quality bible. I have the genuine leather one and I felt it was good quality all around. Most bibles today are made in leather imitations and genuine leather and even finer leather covers are harder to come by these days unless you go with a Allan bible or one like them and then your paying several hundreds of dollars. As with any bible, it's all in how you take care of it. I have a bonded leather NIV from 1994 and it's still in great shape. I use it, but take care of it. So this leather Ryrie bible will last a long time with good care. For some reason people abuse their bibles and there is a belief the rougher looking your bible is the better christian you are. That dont make sense to me, but to each their own. The NAS translation is my preferred translation along with the NLT. I use both but when I preach or teach, I use the NLT. Anyways, this Ryrie NASB is a good quality bible and at a good price. $50.00 isnt a lot of money for something you'll have a long time ( a dinner at Applebees for 2 people will cost that). It's a good price and good bible. You wont go wrong on this bible all around. I dont always refer to the notes as sometimes the authors theology comes through and thats fine and offers good thoughts, but isnt the final understanding on scripture. The notes are good here, but I do disagree sometimes but thats ok too. I still rate this bible high marks.
Being the fourth Ryrie Study Bible owned by my family, I was expecting the same quality of the previous ones. I do like the fact that it is a bit thinner than the other ones, making it easier to tote around. But, the genuine leather cover is very thin, and is a matte, dull black. It looks cheap and not durable. The spine has sharp edges. I was hoping to have a Bible that would last many years, developing a nice patina over time. That's not going to happen with this one. Had I not had it personalized, I would have returned it.
I purchased a Ryrie Study Bible for myself about 4 years ago, my mom has had one since the 80's, and we love them. My son who is 17 wanted a study bible and, after looking at mine, decided to go with a Ryrie. It arrived and his first comment was, "it's so thin!" In my opinion it's like they have sacrificed too much white space on the page to make it thinner. You loose significant note-taking space. But that's not the worst part, and this may not be a big deal for SOME people, it is that they have changed from numbering their verses all at the left to a "paragraph style" where the verses are numbered all over within the text. For my dyslexic son who has tracking issues, this is a major deal. But it's also my own fault for assuming something might have stayed the same. It's still a good bible, but it has lost some of what made a Ryrie special to me.
I was looking for more commentary as my first study Bible. This one is very slim in that area. I regret not purchasing in store to look over what I was getting. Also, I believed I was ordering the notched book index, but isn't what I received. Other than that it's okay. Oh, and the red words are hard to read as they seem to be printed lightly.