KJV Clarion Reference Bible, Top-Grain Calfskin Leather, BrownCambridge Bibles / 2011 / Genuine Leather$132.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 11 Reviews
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WirSindBettler5 Stars Out Of 5Best AV Reading Bible Ever PublishedMay 12, 2019WirSindBettlerQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I'm a traditionalist when it comes to Bibles. I'll admit it. If it ain't broke, why fix it? I was a big fan of the Cambridge Concord. Then a friend showed me a Cameo. Man was I hooked - this was a KJV that, while the typeset was first blocked in the 1920s, looked like it could have been a Civil War Bible. This truly was the KJV of my grandfather's grandfather.
And while many I know hop onto the "toss the KJV to the curb, it's not as accurate and it's hard to read" bandwagon, I disagree. Yes, the ESV is good. It has its place. So does the NASB. Neither beats the original Greek and Hebrew, but who wants to lug around both a BHS and an NA28 with them wherever they go? Sometimes you want a Bible that doesn't have a critical apparatus, a Bible that you can just get lost in for hours. The ESV is nice, the NASB is nice, but neither has the poetry and the sheer beauty of the KJV. Many passages bring me to tears.
Sometimes you just need a Bible translation that makes three of the Four Horsemen of the Atheism stop in their tracks. Daniel Dennett has been known to say that he loves the KJV (while not believing in it). Richard Dawkins said that every British school ought to have a copy of the KJV, and every native English speaker ought to read it, because of its beauty and impact on the English language. The late Christopher Hitchens said that no other modern translation could match the beauty and poetry of the KJV.
If the KJV has moved three of the world's most outspoken atheists and anti-Christians to such love of it, how much more can its beauty and poetry speak to Christians?
No, it's probably not the most accurate translation. No, it's not based on the oldest manuscripts we now have. No, it can't replace the Hebrew and Greek.
But boy is it beautiful. Boy is it great. And boy, did it lead countless generations to and preserve countless generations in the faith.
So how then can Cambridge improve on the Cameo? On the Concord? On the beloved Pitt Minion?
By making the greatest single-volume single column Bible ever published. Granted, the multiple volume ESV Reader's Bible has it beat for casual reading solely because it scrapped all chapter and verse numbers, returning the text to its original form without unnecessary distractions of later divisions (interestingly enough, they still divided the text into paragraphs - a unique, if misguided, choice). However, the ESV Reader's Bible is terrible to use for anything but casual reading, as it's useless for a Bible study, and the strength for reading and understanding the text as it existed originally, the lack of a chapter and verse system, makes it a pain to navigate if you need to look up a particular section of text.
Thus, the Clarion is the best of all possible worlds. The text is the right size, neither too small nor too large (though some older individuals might benefit from using reading glasses), and the font is crisp, clear, and readable.
The bleedthrough is there, but just barely, and next to nonexistent. The Goatskin cover is extraordinarily supple.
The single column style lends itself to continual, heavy reading, and the size is perfect for such a task. The setting of poetry is beautiful.
This isn't a Bible that you need a table to set on, and it won't crush your legs sitting on them or snap your arms trying to lift it up.
My only two beefs, and they're minor at that, are that (a) OT references and quotations in the NT aren't set aside [what can I say, the NASB ruined me], and (b) the cover interior lining is synthetic and not leather.
But if those are the only two detractors to the single KJV Bible that has eclipsed my traditionalist tendencies for an old cluttered typeset that fulfills my repristinationist desires, replacing it with a sleek, easy to read, tastefully conservative modern formatting, then there's really nothing to complain about.
If you've gotten this far into the review without giving up, heed my advice: if you can afford this Bible, it is the best KJV you'll ever buy.
The price is steep, but it'll last a lifetime or four.
Zane5 Stars Out Of 5Quality And PortabilityJune 3, 2017ZaneQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Looking for a go to, everyday reader? The Clarion is it. The font size is easy to read, and the paragraph style takes you back to the feel of the oldest English translations. Quality of the craftmanship is excelent. Honestly you can not go wrong with this bilbe.
James Peebles Jr5 Stars Out Of 5ChristianApril 24, 2017James Peebles JrQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I was looking for the best possible bible I could get. I bought six of the nicest ones I could find. Three were some of the most expensive one could buy. The others were good only I wanted the best possible bible money could get. I became obsessed watching hours of You Tube videos for days. I now understand what the word bibloultery means. Making the physical bible an idol.
Goatskin, Lambskin, Calfskin and any other exotic cover one could buy was what I was looking for. Thinking the more expensive the cover the longest it would last. True expensive covers last longer only do they have to be supple or have the smoothest leather? What about the paper? Does it really make a difference if it's bible or indian paper, bible being thicker. Or gold or silver guilding? I think I got carried away. First the content and which version does the bible have is more important than anything else, not cosmetics.
I heard online this certain bible was the Rolls Royce of such a book. The bible is a book. Not jewelry or like a car. That's what I wanted a Ferrari or a jewel in the form of a bible. Talk about being a Pharisee. I was turning into one. Not good. Well bottem line. Yes good bibles are expensive and you usually get what you pay for. Only do your homework.
Get what you can honestly afford. Not buy several different bibles only to find out what you thought was the perfect bible like me. If you want my opinion from all my research and experience of owning one. I say my favorite is the Clarion. Well built and small enough to be comfortable yet not too small for the print to easily be read at 9 point font. And most important bold type print.
You read the bible with your eyes not your hands. The Clarion is one of the best bibles one could get. I know this because the first company that printed The King James Bible still does. Making Cambridge the most experienced experts in this field. The best possible bible at any price. The Clarion.
Jonas3Age: 35-44Gender: Male5 Stars Out Of 5My go to KJV Bible!January 29, 2017Jonas3Age: 35-44Gender: MaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0This is a superb Bible in almost every respect. The typeface and paragraph format make this the easiest to read Bible I have ever owned. The construction of this edition is a work of fine craftsmanship, done partly by hand, it lays flat no matter where you open it and the calfskin feels perfect when reading the Bible while holding it. My only caveat is the thinness of the paper, the reader must be careful and not turn the pages quickly. But even this quibble has a riposte, it makes the Bible lighter and therefore more readable in hand. As to the KJV text I feel I am not qualified to critique, I love it though and I think it was wise to have the preface from the 1611 edition, edited and compressed a bit in the 19th Century, included. If you want a KJV for at home or on the go pick this one, you will have a lifetime enjoying God's Word!
Roberts/w WashingtonAge: Over 65Gender: Male5 Stars Out Of 5beautifly bound, easy to carry, a pleasure to hold in your hand, and in your heart.April 21, 2016Roberts/w WashingtonAge: Over 65Gender: MaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This beautiful Bible in the King James version is fantastic. The calf split leather is soft and has a wonderful, grainy texture. It is printed, and bound in the Netherlands, by skilled, and dedicated craftsmen that are proud of their work. I have the nkjv also in calf split leather that is also a beautiful copy of GODS Word., I also have a nasb version in goatskin. They are all clarion Bibles, and are all beautiful very well bound Bibles that I highly recommend to any one who wants a easy to hold and very comfortable to read copy of the precious Word of GOD. May HE Bless and Guide you in your study of the HOLY Scriptures