Ever since Thomas Nelson stopped printing the NKJV Wide Margin, I have been eagerly awaiting it coming back into print. Last year, when I found out it would be printed by Cambridge, I was very excited. Cambridge is known for quality and craftsmanship. I ordered it last spring when it was released. When I received it, I was very impressed by the quality and craftsmanship. It is truly a wonderfully made Bible. The notepaper in the back is great, it has a very good concordance in the back, it is relatively thin, and the leather feels very high quality. Unfortunately, I have one issue with the Bible that is nearly a deal breaker for me. The paragraph format of the verses (as opposed to each individual verse having its own line) has made the Bible nearly useless to me. I speak in my Church and heavily rely on my Bible in my messages. I need to be able to find scriptures fast and be able to easily find and read them. This Bible makes using it from the lectern impossible for me. I have to look extra hard to find a particular verse...because it may be buried in a paragraph. The verse numbers are very hard to find. Plus the extremely small print (seemingly smaller than the Nelson NKJV wide margin) makes it very difficult to see. I was eagerly looking forward to using this as my primary study and preaching Bible, but because of this issue it is spent most of its time in the box on my bookshelf.
Among the finest Bibles I've seen. The leather is extremely supple, but strong. The pagination is perfect for me. I love that the text is in paragraph format and the margins are just right. I particularly like the notes comparing differences in alternate source texts. Finally, the concordance is quite large for a back-of-the-book concordance. This is a fairly large bible, but is excellent for what it is. (Fred Simoneau couldn't have seen this exact Bible as it wasn't even printed when he reviewed it).
love it, but I do expository teaching verse-by-verse, so wish it had been laid out by single verses to allow notes to be placed immediately adjacent to each verse, rather than 2-5 verses combined in each paragraph. "The Legacy Bible" by Hank Hanegraaff, published by Nelson is a good example of the lay out I'm referring to. Perhaps you could consider this for the next printing. There just isn't enough room provided for notes in the current format. grace and peace to you all,pastor nick malloscalvary chapel blythewood10700 farrow road, suite Dblythewood, sc 29016
This edition of the NKJV has only just been published (2008) and it is exquisite. The type, red and black, is uniform throughout and easy to read. The cover is sewn to the lining. The Bible features center-column references, a concordance, maps (with an index), and lined sheets for notes. There is even an index section to help one organize ones notes. The goatskin leather is beautiful. With proper care, the Cambridge wide-margin reference Bible should last a lifetime.