Truly a beautiful Bible. However, font is too small, and I don't like the paragraph format. The old Nelson wide margin done in the early 80's had the perfect type face and font size. It lacks the feel and beauty of the Cambridge. Also, I like the blank pages at the rear of the Bible. So for all practical purposes, even though the Cambridge is beautifully done, I will have to pass on it because of the of the font and paragraph. Not likely, but I hope Cambridge will correct these concerns and issue a better edition.
The quality of this Bible is superb. The goatskin covers and the binding are outstanding. The art-gilded (red under gold) page edges and the quality of the paper are of the highest level. I absolutely love mine and intend on using it as my main study Bible for years to come.Here are a couple of things you might want to consider before deciding if this is the Bible for you. These are all PRO or CON depending on what you're looking for:1) This is a very large Bible and the goatskin covers add quite a bit of weight to it.2) This Bible is in paragraph, not verse-by-verse format.3) The font in this Bible is about an 8.0 typeset.If you like how all that sounds or none of these three are a "deal breaker" for you, then by all means order one and you will not be disappointed. Again, this is a finely crafted Bible and I think worth every cent invested in it.This is a Bible that can be a "Best Friend" for many, many years.
This is a beautiful and well constructed Bible. There is no doubt about that.Pros:It is a beautiful Bible.Quality construction.The wide margins are adequate for note taking.Quality paper for taking notes, decent heft.Additional lined pages in the back for more note taking.No commentary (this is a plus in my opinion as I find commentary distracting and there is a lot of error out there).Cons:The size of the font. My preferrence would be at least one size or preferrably two larger font print.This Bible has a center column for Scripture cross referrences. While I am glad there are Scripture cross referrences I am not a fan of the center column. I prefer the referrences at the end of the verse. This is the natural place for the eye, rather than having to keep checking the center column to see if there is a cross referrence.I really do not care for the paragraph layout.My preferrence is to have each verse as a new paragraph so that the verse number is in the center and you are not searching for the verse numbers within paragraphs and text. This preferrence is simply because I like to copy Scripture verses onto cards for memorizing. At the very least the verse numbers should have been bolded. The type set is tight which does not make for comfortable reading.I wish this Bible didn't have a concordance. Most Bible concordances are too limited to really be helpful, so I just consider them wasted space. I prefer to work with an exhaustive concordance (or concordance software) I don't need or want it in my Bible.I'm not a big map person. If you are you will appreciate that this Bible has 15 maps.This is a red letter Bible. I don't have a big preferrence on this either way. Actually red type tends to be a little hard on my eyes but I'm okay with the red letter.I found this Bible a disappointment for comfort and ease of readability/usability.
I so agree with the last two reviewers - I have never had such a beautiful Bible that I could not really use. Yes, I dont like the paragraph format - but it could be tolerable if the verse markers were not smaller than the already small text. When teaching it is almost IMPOSSIBLE to find your spot - even with reading glasses which I am WAY TOO YOUNG to wear! Also, why they used the paper they did, I do not know. Even writing lightly on the page it bleeds through. The cover, well it is AMAZING. The thought, the layout (except for the paragraph layout) is brilliant. But it is the prettiest Bible that sits on my desk, because it is just not user friendly to teach from. A big miss Cambridge. It is a study Bible, not a reading Bible. I wish I could get my money back, I feel like a very bad stuart on this purchase. And I tried diligently to use it.
I agree with the first reviewer that the biggest downside of this Bible is the paragraph format. It makes it much more difficult to add notes besides the verses. I also use my NKJV to teach out of in Church. So, I am back to using my old Nelson Wide Margin.One more issue: Why can't Cambridge use the same Bible paper it uses with their King James Wide Margin?The paper is not the same. As a result of the thin paper, the page curls up, if you have the same page open for any length of time.Overall a nice Bible, but not the same quality as the King James Version Wide Margin that Cambridge puts out.The quality of the Bible is outstanding.