Holman Bible Publishers / 2016 / HardcoverOur Price$13.494 out of 5 stars for NKJV Notetaking Bible, Red Floral Cloth. View reviews of this product. 9 Reviews
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Lois5 Stars Out Of 5Notetaking BibleMay 10, 2021LoisLove this Bible. Plenty of room for taking my notes! Great price
el2 Stars Out Of 5not a complete NKJV - missing notes!!!October 13, 2017elQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0EVERY NKJV translation I know of has the MU and N text footnotes for clarification of some changes. Almost every page has at least a few little helps re: the origin of the textual translations. EVEN in the PREFACE of this NKJV bible, it mentions the footnotes and what the MU and N stand for, and how to read the notes.
THING IS... despite the preface telling you how to understand the footnotes (again, which EVERY NKJV IS SUPPOSED TO INCLUDE), there is not ONE footnote in this Holman's note taking bible. Hmmm....
I contacted the publisher, and they (thus far) have "no clue" - no answer or explanation- for why they left them out - or at least don't MAKE SURE TO MENTION they are not there. disappointed.
Sugar Bear5 Stars Out Of 5Notetaking BibleFebruary 17, 2017Sugar BearQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Well, I thought this would be a good idea and it really is. However, if you have old eyes, the writing is somewhat small and I have had to resort to using my magnifying glass at times. Especially late at night. Entirely my fault. But it is a good book and being able to write comments/observations/thoughts is a very worthwhile thing--so I am satisfied. I would definitely recommend it!
David FrasureSouth Lebanon, OhioAge: 55-65Gender: male3 Stars Out Of 5smaller and cheaply madeJanuary 25, 2017David FrasureSouth Lebanon, OhioAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 3Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3i tried to use this Bible for journaling but it doesn't have a lot of room for writing. I should have noted the size. it is too small for my purposes. I like to journal and then pass it on to a family member but I'm not sure this will hold up.
PreacherNormGeorgia, USAAge: 45-54Gender: Male4 Stars Out Of 5An excellent page layout at an excellent price.January 20, 2017PreacherNormGeorgia, USAAge: 45-54Gender: MaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I would have given this a 5-star rating if it weren't for the cover (see below).
As Ive said before, I love wide margin Bibles. In my opinion, the best study Bible a person can have is the one they study for themselves and to which they add their own notes. Thats the real value of a good wide margin Bible, over the course of your own personal study you build your own personal study Bible. The way that I have mainly used wide margin Bibles is as sermon outline books. While I do add marginal notes, I mainly use the margin space for outlining expository sermons.
The Holman NKJV Notetaking Bible has an excellent page layout for adding either sermon outlines, class notes or just your personal observations from the text. The text is in a single column format on the inside of the page with a 1.75-inch note ruled margin. The text is a little on the small side at an 8 point font but its not too small for comfortable reading. The paper is thick enough with a nice off white cream color and good opacity that will hold up to note taking.
One of my favorite layout features of this wide margin Bible is that each book begins on the right facing page. When the preceding book ends on the right page, rather than beginning the next book on the left page, there is a full line ruled note page to the left of the next book. This would be a great place to write book introductions and/or book overview sermons, like on the 7s in John.
I dont know how much thickness it would have added if a blank page were provided for every book, regardless of where the preceding book ended, but I would have liked to have seen that kind of consistency. Even though there are several books that dont have this kind of blank page, there are more that have it than dont.
The New Testament divider page is also line ruled, instead of just being left blank like in most Bibles.
With all this added space for notes, in addition to the wide margin running along the text throughout, there is an abundance of space to make this into a very rich personal study Bible or a sermon outline book with many years worth of lessons from every book of the Bible.
If it werent for the binding this would be a perfect wide margin Bible at a great price (only $30 from CBD). The binding is a bit of a shortcoming, though. It is a bonded leather hardback that is pretty cheapy feeling. The bonded leather overlay feels nice but it will, no doubt, begin to wear through pretty quickly, I think. And the book board of the cover is thin and flexible. It almost feels like a stiff soft cover that needs broken in to make it more pliable. But, if you tried to do that, you would ruin it because it is supposed to be a hardback. It is a sewn binding, though, so it could be a good candidate for a custom rebind. With the text layout, it would be worth it, in my opinion, to buy it for $30 and then spend $60 or so to have a custom leather cover put on it.
Even with the poor cover, for $30 this is a great wide margin Bible. I dont know how much of an issue the cover would even be if it were used the way I would be using it. That is, I wouldnt be carrying it around as an everyday Bible. It would stay on my desk until I was ready to add my lesson notes to it. The only carrying around it would get would be from my desk to the pulpit. Or, if guest speaking somewhere else, from my bag to the pulpit. I wouldnt see it needing to hold up to a lot of wear and tear anyway. So, maybe the cover isnt really that big of an issue.
It is a red-letter New King James Version, which is great. The NKJV is a great, reliable, translation very well suited to in-depth textual study. There is a good one-year reading plan in the back, along with a concordance and Bible maps.
Overall, I really like this Bible. There are a few things that would have made me like it more. 1) Consistency of placing a line ruled page to the left of each books beginning page. But, this may have made it uncomfortably thick. I dont know. 2) A couple lined pages before the Old Testament, like those before the New Testament. 3) A better cover, which surely would have affected the price. Other than these three things, I could easily see this being my sermon outline and lesson book for preaching and teaching.
If youre looking for a wide margin Bible, this would certainly be a good option at a great price. This would be a good Bible for anyone that preaches or teaches regularly or just wants to create their own personal study Bible. Just keep in mind that if you plan to use it in any way that put a lot of wear and tear on it, youll probably be needing a rebind in a few years.
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