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.
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).