5 Stars Out Of 5
Nice modernized KJV translation, good materials
October 30, 2016
I really like this bible. The translation is a very well done modernized KJV, and all the changed words are not only listed at the beginning, they are also all underlined which is a great idea.
I have the 2010 edition ("large print personal walnut alligator") not sure how much they have changed in the latest editions. The bible I have is 8.5 x 6.5 x 1.75 and it is bonded leather not imitation leather (even says "bonded leather" on the back and has a nice leather smell and feel to it). It looks like alligator hide (not sure how they accomplished that) and it looks and feels very nice. The font size is 10.
Here are a few complements that I feel are worth mentioning:
* The quality of the materials is very good.
* Good quality bonded leather.
* Sewn binding.
* Good quality white paper. There is some shadowing from the other side but in my opinion its not bad.
* Nice easy to read large font, the edges of the lettering is very crisp.
* The consistency of the print from page to page is very consistent. Some bibles are not consistent, some pages will have darker/bolder print compared to others, but I haven't noticed this at all in this bible.
* Direct quotes from God in the Old Testament are in red.
* There is a list at the beginning that explains every word that has been changed from the KJV.
* The overall look and feel of this bible is excellent. I really like the size, it feels great to hold in your hand. Its very easy to read while holding it with one hand.
I do have a few complaints that I feel are worth mentioning:
* The text in red uses a very bright orange-red color which I find difficult on the eyes. It would be much better it they used a darker red color, more like burgundy than orange-red. In my opinion all black is preferable to this orange-red color.
* If a word is underlined, its supposed to be a visual hint that the word has been changed from the KJV. However, if a word is in red and underlined, its underlined in black not red, so the underlining stands out too much and is distracting.
* The page numbers restart in the New Testament. Not sure why they did this, and I cannot think of any reason why this is a good idea. It basically makes their own margin study references impossible to have a topic go across both the Old and New Testaments. In my opinion having the page numbers restart is a horrible idea.
* The margin study guide is an interesting idea. There are topics on God, God's Plan, and Man, so there are abbreviations G, P and M, along with a number to indicate a particular sub-topic, and then the page number to go next to continue reading about that topic. As mentioned earlier, you cannot go from Old to New Testaments because the page numbers restart in the New Testament. So when you see a page number its never exactly clear if its referring to the Old or New Testament, so you have to assume its referring to the same testament that you are current in. This is very limiting.
* The margin study guide has 2 places, one paragraph each, that explain how to use it. The paragraph at the topic listing between the testaments mentions that there are margin study guides with a solid black line, or a dotted line, or a red line, but never explains what the differences are. I'm still not sure what the differences are.
* In the New Testament, quotes from God are outlined in red. This is an interesting idea, but I think it would look better if the words were red. In my opinion, little red boxes around some phrases looks very odd, specially when there are places where there are a few phrases from God separated by other words, so every few words has a red box around them (for example Acts 7:49-50 has a red box within a red box because the paragraph contains "says the Lord:" which God didn't actually say).
* Its called a study bible but there isn't very much extra content. It does have a large concordance and some content at the back for study and reference but it does not have commentary on every page like most traditional "study" bibles. If you're expecting commentary on every page then look for something else, this has none.
Overall the benefits of this translation and the quality outweigh the complains and I would recommend this bible to anyone looking for a modernized KJV with good quality materials and doesn't need/want study commentary.