This is a solid Bible, easy to read, excellent font, layout, spacing, size even for those of you that complain about every "large print" being to small. I see criticism of the leather cover: yes it is not at all premium leather but it IS VERY TOUGH. Will take years to break in, but it lays flat almost immediately. I've used this one for a few years now - it wears very well except for one thing: the paper [its a 'thin' Bible] is both very thin and of a type that takes on moisture easily/quickly: if it gets damp from humidity or proximity to steam or shower fog, the pages will QUICKLY pucker. The print ghosting or bleed-through, however, is remarkably slight. not a problem unless you're holding light behind an open page. Bottom line: I'm very picky but this one surprised me to the "upside" - highly readable, AND very portable. Feels good in one hand.
The Lockman Foundation has been producing some affordable and well made NASB (New American Standard Bible) Bibles for quite some time now. The NASB has become known for its excellence in staying true to the original languages. The NASB Ultrathin Reference Bible is no exception. It is bound in genuine leather and is smyth-sewn. A sewn binding makes the Bible more durable and helps it to lay flat as opposed to a glued binding. Pages are folded into groups of pages and stacked, then sewn together. In a glued binding the pages are just cut and glued in the spine. These types are always loosing pages. Sewn bindings are far less apt to fall apart that way.
The Bible has center column references and is a two column format in approximately an 8 point font.
This Bible is almost 9 inches long, 6 inches wide, by almost and inch thick. It is a light bible to carry.
This Bible is light to carry and the pages are pretty thing because it is an Ultrathin. Here is a shot of one page held up to the light.
The page thickness is sufficient and doesn't lend itself to as much show-through as is prevalent in similarly priced ultrathins.
The font is clearly printed and easy to read. There is some room in the margins for limited note taking. This Bible is crammed full of quality and features for the price making it a very good value for the price of around $25.00 depending on where you pick one up.
This Bible is a red-letter addition.
I mentioned that this Bible is a smyth-sewn binding and you can tell from this picture that right out of the box it lies flat on the table.
It would be a bit more supple if it were lined with just vinyl, but this one has card paper covered with vinyl and glued down. It adds more durability to the Bible by making it more rigid, but by no means is it as rigid as a bonded leather binding.
The pages are edge gilded and the spine is gilded as well.
There are some pages in the front that record family info and the like,
One thing I noticed and liked about the construction is where the first and last pages are glued into the lining to stop the Bible from falling apart as easily.
There are also decorative head and foot bands.
The Bible came in a hard cardboard box. The Bible was wrapped in clear plastic.
This Bible also comes with a quite useful concordance which is a surprise for a Bible this thin.
As well as a concordance there are 8 color maps.
There is also on ribbon marker to keep your place. I hope all of the pictures were helpful. Lockman did a good job of making a "users" Bible. This thing is a good value and can take all the punishment of being dragged along where ever you happen to go_ within reason, I mean come on, it isn't water-proof or fire-proof. If you are in the market for an ultrathin and you don't want to spend big bucks for a premium Bible this is the way to go. Again it is genuine leather, and has a sewn binding all for about $25.00! Come on people, that is pretty good.
If you are looking for an easy to read, extremely well made Bible that could last for generations...this is one of them. I ordered this Bible when I returned a disappointing purchase, from a different publisher, and I am glad I did. The calfskin is not only soft and flexible, it is very thick. The paper is a very good weight and the printing is consistently dark on every page. I own MANY Bible versions, from different publishers, with just about every type of binding/cover available. I love this Bible already and look forward to handing it down to one of my children/grandchildren in the future. Distant future. Hopefully. Or whatever...I'm Prepped.
I have over 75 Bibles. As a pastor. I have every Bible that you can think. I have many types and translations. From paperback, hardback, bonded leather, genuine leather and premium leather. I love the inside of the Bible. It is Smyth Sewn, the print and paper are great and the Bible lays flat when you open it. The problem is the so called genuine leather. It feels plastic, it will not close but curls up. Not the paper, the cover! It's as if you left it in the car during the summer in the sun. It is stiff, not flexible and will not stay closed. Matter of fact I have a bonded leather by this publisher and it lays flat with no problem. I contacted the publishers about this and they said it was normal. Well maybe for them, but not for genuine leather. Sad to say, but I am not happy with this Bible at all. I really was looking forward to enjoying it.