The following review is for the NASB Updated Ultrathin Bible, Genuine Leather in Black (ISBN -13:9781581350265. The following topics will be covered: translation, book size, binding, format and price.
Translation: The NASB 1995 Updated Edition is my favorite Bible translation of all. I have used and switched to other translations, but I always go back to the NASB, especially for sermon preparation. It is not a perfect translation, and there are times when I ask why this translation chose to render a certain verse in a certain way. I am bilingual by the way, with English being my second language. However, I prefer reading the Bible in English, and for me the NASB is an easy to read translation despite it being a literal translation.
Book Size: The second thing I look at when purchasing any Bible is the size and dimension. In its bound form, this Bible is exactly 9 inches tall, 6 inches wide and 1 inch thick. It is a thin size Bible, yet it maintains a handsome proportion. Some Bibles are ultra thin but they are 10x7, and when closed, they look like a clipboard instead of a Bible, or when open, it looks like you are reading from a tabloid newspaper. Not so with this Bible. This Bible feels like a book in your hands.
Binding: This cover of this Bible is genuine leather, and it has Smythe-sewn binding. Foundation Publications binds their Bibles really well. You can tell that the genuine leather, although not as supple compared to calfskin or goatskin, will last a long time. This is a durably made Bible. The paper is average in thinness. There is no line matching for this Bible, but the bleed through is acceptable, at least in my opinion. I have a Clarion calf split NASB that has line matching, and frankly I could not say that the Clarion is better than this Bible.
Format: This Bible uses a dual column format. The font size is 9, and I think the 9 point font is just about right. This Bible is also in the paragraph format instead of the verse format. I prefer the paragraph format; reading just flows better that way. I wish this Bible was printed with a black text. I am not a fan of the words of the Lord Jesus in red. Red ink tends to be pale and difficult to read in artificial light. However, the words of the Lord Jesus appear in a maroon or dark red color in this Bible, so I am fine with it. I just wished that all Bible publishers will either use black ink all throughout, or if they want to highlight the Lords words, consider using a darker color like maroon or navy blue or dark green.
Pricing: I got this Bible for under $25 (excluding shipping). This Bible is worth more than $25 in my opinion. Frankly, I would not mind spending more for this Bible if they used calfskin as the cover. I also want to mention that CBD is still the best when it comes to great deals and customer service. Thanks, CBD.
Conclusion: If you are looking for a hand-size Bible that is durable and readable and delightful to hold and read, then this is the Bible for you. I highly recommend this Bible. If you like my review, please vote for it as being helpful. Thank you.
The 1977 Lockman Foundation NASB is not the most popular anymore. It is, however, the one I memorized early in my Christian life and I'm going to stay with it. I've heard scholars whom I respect say that the ESV is a good translation and some famous radio teachers are using it. But the NASB is like an old pair of shoes for me...well-worn, perhaps and ugly. But it is comfortable. Its close enough to a word-for-word translation of the original greek, and if I have a question or need to go deeper, there are plenty of study aids to help me.
I really like this Bible. I am glad to see that the pronouns that refer to God are capitalized. I feel it is not genuine leather but that's okay. It is a nice size and will lie flat when I am studying. There is a smell to the Bible. I do wish the NASB came in large lettering with the words of Christ in red.