NKJV Clarion Reference Bible--calfskin leather, brown
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Cambridge Clarion Bibles bring together several attractive design features—readable print, single-column layout, and paragraph format—in a personal size Bible. The text runs right across the page, with the cross-references moved to the outer margin, to give the page a very well-laid-out appearance. The type size is just under 9 point with generous line spacing, making the Bible text extremely clear and readable. The Bible has 15 new color maps and a concordance. There are two ribbons to keep the place in different parts of the Bible. These Bibles are of the highest quality, printed on India paper, with black letter text, and Smyth-sewn for flexibility and endurance.
- Single-column layout; paragraph format
- Side-column cross-references
- 15 new color maps with index
- Two ribbon markers
- Readable print—text size is just under 9 point with generous line spacing on quality India paper
- Black letter text
- Durable sewn binding allows Bible to lay flat when open
- Calfskin leather cover
- Art gilt (red under gold) page edges
- 7.50" x 5.75" x 1.50"
|Format: Genuine Leather|
Number of Pages: 2,040
Vendor: Cambridge Bibles
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 7.125 X 5.125 (inches)
|Availability: In Stock|
Text Color: Black Letter
Text Size: 8 Point
Thumb Index: No
Ribbon Marker: Yes
Page Gilding: Gold
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Snyder's SoapboxFruitland, IdahoAge: 35-44Gender: Male5 Stars Out Of 5Another Excellent Bible from Cambridge, the Clarion NKJV Bible in Brown Genuine Calfskin.December 31, 2014Snyder's SoapboxFruitland, IdahoAge: 35-44Gender: MaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Clarion from Cambridge is an example of modern Bible design done right. Here is a quote from the Cambridge website about the Clarion in NKJV;
A Cambridge Clarion edition represents an unusual and attractive combination of features a very readable text in a paragraph style, with a single-column layout all within a personal size reference Bible format. Here, the NKJV text is presented in a single column with the cross-references in the outer margin, giving the page a very well laid out appearance. The font size is a little under 9 point with generous line spacing. It is typeset in Lexicon No.1, a modern digital font which has many of the characteristics usually associated with traditional Bible typefaces in particular, a degree of readability more usually associated with much larger type. The Bible has 15 new colour maps and a concordance. There are two ribbons to keep the place in different parts of the Bible. This is a Bible of the very highest quality, printed on India paper with art-gilt edges, Smyth-sewn for flexibility and endurance, and bound in brown calfskin leather
Chances are if you are considering the purchase of the Clarion NKJV Bible in brown calfskin, you have a list of desired attributes in mind; manageable size, legibility, quality sewn binding, beautiful and durable cover, and so on. The Clarion fits the niche almost perfectly in my opinion. It brings together many desirable features without sacrificing too much in the other areas of design. The Clarion is larger than the Cameo. It is definitely thicker. The thickness of the Clarion does make it a bit more to hold than the Cameo, but the font is so much more legible. The tradeoff is well worth it. Because of the thicker format the Clarion can use a larger font. It is a modern font, printed with modern technology making it very clear and sharp. The Cameos font was cleaned up, but still doesnt compare to the font of the Clarion.
Another wonderful attribute is that you can get the Clarion in different translations. Currently it is available in the New American Standard Bible (NASB), the English Standard Version (ESV), the King James Version (KJV), and the New King James Version (NKJV), which I am reviewing.
So besides the size, font, and available modern translations, the Clarion also breaks in very well. I have been using an NASB Clarion in goatskin for my daily reading and it has become my standard for comparison. The NKJV in calfskin adds some rigidity to the cover. Instead of being edge lined and perimeter stitched with a very flexible material it uses a more common process of vinyl inner liners glued down to the outer cover. The added structure can be a pro to some and a con to others. In my opinion, if this Bible were thinner the stiffer cover would be a pro, but it is just a bit too thick. I cant roll the cover all the way around like I can with the goatskin covered Clarion. It makes it a little less comfortable for me. The cameo gets the size right for this type of cover, but at the sacrifice of font size, line spacing, and line matching. These all have a tremendous effect on the ease of reading. If you are going to buy the Clarion, Id suggest the goatskin. Of course this is just my opinion. Everyone has different sized hands and preferences. I suggest looking one over in the Christian book store, or getting your friend to let you borrow theirs for a few minutes. It is not a small investment for most people. Because of the quality of craftsmanship and materials used it will be with you for a long time. So it is important that you do your research before buying a lifetime companion like the Cambridge Clarion.
This Bible is covered with a genuine calfskin cover in brown. It is very supple and soft. On the front of this Bible is hot stamped, Holy Bible in gold. The spine of the cover has, Holy Bible at the top, New King James Version immediately under that. At the bottom of the spine is, Cambridge in gold as well. There are modest hubs worked into the spine as well.
The inner vinyl liners are black and glued neatly to the calfskin. The calfskin has been folded over and finished uniformly. The corners are all perfectly finished. There are two ribbon markers that are color matched to the cover. The ribbon markers are about a quarter inch wide.
The page edges are art gilded. This gives them a distinctive look that you won't find on less expensive Bibles. The paper is high quality opaque paper. It is slightly off white and contrasts with the black font nicely. The text is printed in a single column, paragraph format with line matching. Line matching is when the lines of text are printed in such a way so as to make the text on one side of the page directly opposite of the text on the other side of the page. This aids in legibility. The font is large enough to be easily read yet small enough to keep the size of the Clarion down. It is clearly, and uniformly printed. It has a useful concordance and the maps are printed on a heavier paper with a matte finish. The sewn binding is of the quality I've come to expect from Cambridge. The Clarion opens well and lays flat when opened.
To sum up, the Clarion is an excellent Bible that fills a big niche in the Bible market. Many Christians are on the lookout for a Bible that travels well, is easy on the eyes while reading, and is well made. The Clarion fits the bill and is available in some great translations.
Randy A BrownTNAge: 35-44Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5The NKJV edition is my favorite ClarionJune 17, 2013Randy A BrownTNAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The NKJV Clarion Reference Edition from Cambridge is the latest edition of Cambridge's popular Clarion series. The NKJV edition keeps the familiar setting that has made the Clarion so popular: sharp digital font, single-column, paragraph layout, reference on the outer margin, all in a durable and easy to carry hand-size Bible.
Cover and Binding
When Baker Publishing asked me which edition I wanted to review I chose the brown calfskin. Goatskin is always tempting, but for a hand-size Bible that I'm going to hold in one hand a read I like the cover to have enough stiffness to allow the Bible to lay flat in my hand. Not like a hard-cover, but not too floppy either. This cover has the perfect combination of soft and flexible with a small touch of stiffness. The cover is a smooth brown calfskin that has just enough grain to give it a textured look and feel. It is very soft. The liner is vinyl. The binding is sewn so it will lay flat even in Genesis 1.
I could be wrong, but the paper feels thicker than the other editions to my fingers. It also looks slightly more opaque (but again I could be wrong). It does not have the curling problems the other editions have. The paper is thin and still does have some show-through, but I haven't found it to be distracting at all. The paper has a slight cream tint which I like a lot.
The font is 8.75 Lexicon No. 1 A by Blue Heron Bookcraft. It has a 10.5 leading (the font size plus the size of the space between the lines). This generous leading and sharpness of the font gives the font a larger appearance and makes it, in my opinion, one of the most readable fonts available. It is black-letter and has about a medium boldness. The print quality is consistent throughout. The Clarion uses line-matching printing techniques so that text is printed in the same location on both sides of the page, keeping the page as clean as possible, greatly enhancing readability.
The text is presented in single-column, paragraph format with section headings in the text. Poetry is in verse format and Old Testament quotes are offset and printed in italics. References, along with translation notes, are placed to the outer margins. At the top of the page there are page numbers on the inner margin and book names with chapter numbers on the outer margins.
References and Notes
References are the 1982 standard NKJV references from Thomas Nelson Publishers. There are plenty of references in the NKJV- with 14 references for Genesis 1. References are keyed to the text with letters. The reference in the margin includes the chapter and verse number in bold.
Translation notes are also the standard NKJV notes from Nelson Publishers. I like the NKJV translation notes. It includes notes from the Alexandrian (the Critical Text - which is the Nestle-Aland Greek New Testament and the United Bible Societies fourth edition) marked with "NU-Text", and the Majority Text marked "M-Text". These notes show variation between all the major manuscripts. The textual notes are one of my favorite features of the NKJV translation. I'm glad to see the references and notes were included in the Clarion.
The section headings are those included with the NKJV text. The presentation of the headings makes them blend well within the text. They are printed in italics and look to be the same size font as the text. They don't get in the way, making them easy to ignore, but they're also easy to use.
The concordance is the 1995 New King James Concordance from Thomas Nelson Publishers. It is 75 pages and has 3 columns per page. There are 38 entries for "God". Although names such as Peter and Paul are not included, there are 23 entries for "Jesus".
The maps in the NKJV Clarion are different from the maps in the other editions. These are the updated maps found in the 2nd edition KJV Pitt Minion. There are still 15 maps, but they are more colorful. This also includes the updated index to maps, which has a color code for:
* Physical land
* Physical water
1. The Ancient Near East in the Late Bronze Age
2. Regions of Palestine and Surrounding Areas
3. Sinai and Canaan in the Time of The Exodus
4. Israel with Canaan
5. The United Monarchy of David and Solomon
6. Israel and Judah: The Divided Monarchy
7. The Assyrian Empire
8. The Babylonian Empire
9. The Persian Empire
10. The Hellensitic World after Alexander
11. Jerusalem in Old Testament Times
12. Jerusalem in New Testament Times
13. Palestine in New Testament Times
14. The Roman Empire
15. The Eastern Mediterranean in the First Century AD
There are two brown ribbons. They are .25 inches wide and are more than long enough to be useful. The ribbons feel like the right size and quality for a Bible this size.
The NKJV Clarion Reference Edition Bible from Cambridge has a lot to offer. It's the perfect blend of layout, readability, and portability, and it's a much needed, and welcome, addition to the Clarion line of Bibles. The NKJV Clarion is perfect for reading, study, and carry; and I can easily recommend it for teachers, preachers, and laymen.
For photos and more detail see this review on Bible Buying Guide.
Baker Publishing provided this Bible free for review. I was not required to give a positive review- only an honest review. My opinions are my own.
Q: is this bible SMYTHE sewn? - Is it Black Letter
This Bible is Smyth-sewn and will feature black-letter text.