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The CSB Reader's Bible allows the reader to enjoy the Bible in its original and simplified form, uninterrupted by verse and chapter references. This unique Bible reading experience invites the people to encounter God's Word as a grand narrative and provides a fresh experience with the Bible.
- Single-column text
- Simplified page design
- 10-point type
- Ribbon marker
- Smyth-sewn binding
The CSB Reader's Bible features the highly reliable, highly readable text of the Christian Standard Bible (CSB), which stays as literal as possible to the Bible's original meaning without sacrificing clarity. The CSB's optimal blend of accuracy and readability makes Scripture more moving, more memorable, and more motivating to read and share with others.
Number of Pages: 1840
Vendor: Holman Bible Publishers
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 9.25 X 5.50 X 1.75 (inches)|
Text Layout: Single Column
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Ivan5 Stars Out Of 5Beautiful bible!March 15, 2018IvanQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4The CSB Readers Bible is a delightful bible which pairs the much-anticipated CSB 2017 translation with a beautiful reader-friendly presentation of the text.
The translation itself (like its predecessor, the HCSB) provides beautiful and clear renderings of Scripture. For instance, Psalm 145:8 reads: The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and great in faithful love. Likewise, Isaiah 43:4 reads: you are precious in My sight and honored, and I love you. And a verse from my favorite psalm reads, I have your decrees as a heritage forever; indeed, they are the joy of my heart (Psalm 119:111 CSB).
The CSB Readers Bible showcases the text by presenting it in a reader-friendly, single-column format. Verse numbers, chapter numbers, cross references, and even footnotes have been removedthus highlighting the present immediacy of the message, as originally delivered: Seek the Lord while he may be found; call to him while he is near (Isaiah 55:6, CSB 2017). As a sola scriptura edition, here are no potentially sectarian study notesthus allowing the scripture to speak for itself. Chapters (but not verses) are indicated in small but highly visible (all caps) color text at the bottom of the page. The removal of verse numbers encourages devotional and conversational intimacy with Godwhile according His words the utmost reverence.
The text has lots of marginal space. Unlike Crossways ESV Single-Column Legacy Bible, it does not include section headers in the marginsthus allowing for an uncluttered presentation of the actual words of scripture. My two recommendations would be (1) to reduce the marginal space in favor of a larger font size, and (2) to create a slimline large print edition with a text size much larger than the 9.5-pt. text size of the the CSB Large Print Ultrathin Reference Bible (though the smaller size is offset by the fact that it is available in both inexpensive imitation and premium leather editions). For me, larger is always better. I am definitely spoiled on my 18-point HCSB Super Giant Print Study Bible. (Hopefully a future edition of the CSB Super Giant Print Study Bible will increase the font size from 17 pt. to 18 pt.) However, the 10-point font size of the CSB Readers Bible is similar to that of the NKJV Readers Reference Bible (9 pt.), the ESV Single-Column Legacy Bible, the NIV Sola Scriptura Bible Project (10.3 pt.), or the NIV Readers Bible (10.5 pt.).
Lastly, I really like the fine touches such as the surprise two-color interior (with the first letter of the start of each chapter being introduced in large size and in a breathtakingly soothing royal turquoise blue color), the creamy color of the pages, the beautiful elegance of the Bible Serif font, and the fantastic set of full-color maps showcased in the HCSB Study Bible.
I am happy to recommend this lovely bible!
(Note: This book was provided free of charge by B&H/LifeWay in exchange for an honest review.)
Ruth5 Stars Out Of 5Oh, This is Nice!November 1, 2017RuthQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Classic design in cover and pages. Nice size print, even for aging eyes. Very, very nice!
Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5No DistractionsOctober 2, 2017Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I love this Bible. The cover is fabric over board with simple pattern on front, very nicely done, comes in a box case, also fabric covered.
When I first opened this Bible, I wasn't sure what to think, I had never seen one without like this before. It was kind of weird with no chapters, or verses marked off, although you can tell where the chapters begin by a bold letter. After taking time to read some of it, however, I was amazed at how easily it flowed. With no separation of verses, and nothing else to distract, it's smooth sailing. It very simple, but flows naturally in an easy to understand text.
I would highly recommend this for its readability. I am not really familiar with the Christian Standard version, never having read it before, but I looked up several key passages and they seemed close to the version I usually read from. I look forward to reading through this Bible in the future.
I was blessed with a copy of this Bible courtesy of B&H Publishers. I was under no obligation to review positively.
SnickerdoodleSarahGender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Very ReadableOctober 2, 2017SnickerdoodleSarahGender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4The CSB Reader's Bible is designed to make it easy to sit down and just read each individual book. It is more along the lines of how it would have been read by the early Christians whose Bibles (or sections of the Bible/individual letters) were not divided into chapters and verses until many, many years after the Apostles had died. The text of this "Reader's Bible" is in a single column, like a regular book, instead being placed in two columns. It has no chapter numbers and no verse numbers.
This edition is a nice looking grey cloth over board volume, and includes an attached ribbon marker. The font is a nice size and seems about the size of a regular book's font and is a very readable edition. I do want to note that the pages are very thin and quite flimsy, much like, or exactly like, a regular Bible's pages. I think that the edition would be nicer if the pages were the same thickness as a regular book's. But perhaps they would have to divide it into several volumes if they did that, and it might be heavier as well. This one still works very well.
The only real problem I have with this Reader's edition is that, though they do remove the chapter numbers, they leave the chapter breaks and make the first letter of each 'chapter' large (and colored blue). To me that rather defeats the point of removing the chapter numbers. I don't necessarily mind chapter breaks in the narrative portions, and other portions that require it to make reading easier, though I do wish they would leave them out altogether in the Epistles/letters. I do wish that they had taken advantage of the reader oriented design and completely revamp the chapter breaks to make the text flow more smoothly than a regular Bible's which have (at least to my mind) some unnatural chapter breaks that disrupt the flow of thought. For example, here is how a portion of Malachi reads:
"I will have compassion on them as a man has compassion on his son who serves him. So you will again see the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve him.
For look, the day is coming, burning like a furnace, when all the arrogant and everyone who commits wickedness will become stubble."
Or as another example, in Acts, where Stephen is brought before the Sanhedrin: "And all who were sitting in the Sanhedrin looked intently at him and saw that his face was like the face on an Angel.
'Are these things true?' the high priest asked. 'Brothers and fathers,' he replied, 'listen."
They could have omitted the chapter breaks, kept the text together and these texts would read much better without interruption.
But all in all, this is a very nice Reader's Bible. I really like the idea of going closer to how the text was originally laid out. It is nice having other Bible editions around without the extra numbering and unnecessary dividing of the text. Again, I am not against chapters and verses, but editions like this truly do make the Bible more 'readable', as it were, and helps one to remember that "context is king". Rather than viewing the Bible as little chunks of numbered statements that can be divorced from their context, it lends more to one seeing the text as an inspired whole.
Many thanks to the folks at B&H/Lifeway for sending me a free review copy of this book. (My review did not have to be favorable)
Nate Weis5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful Bible to be used again and again.September 11, 2017Nate WeisQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Id like to thank Lifeway/B&H Publishing Group for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
After spending several mornings with the new CSB Readers Bible for my devotions, im left with one question: Why didnt a get a Readers Bible sooner? Ive really enjoyed using this Bible, and im going to continue to use it extensively. Im in love with the concept of Reader Bibles. Dont get me wrong; im a sucker for a good Study Bible. They are incredibly helpful for learning information about Scripture. But theres something incredibly refreshing about just reading the bible. No footnotes, numbers, titles, cross references, or colorful boxes. Just the Word of God in all its glory. Also, its refreshing to not have chapter/verse divisions. Im not sure if many Christians know this, but the authors of Scripture did not divide up their writings into these. Paul didnt write, Chapter 8 before writing, there is therefore now no condemnation. . . in Romans. Those were added hundreds of years later to help readers quickly find and reference specific passages. While chapter/verse divisions are very useful, they can sometimes be distracting. They can often separate sections in a writing that werent intended to be separated. Also, many Christians will read a certain number of chapters a day, so they will stop after a chapter is over, even if the thought or narrative of that section of Scripture is not complete, which leads to not understanding that passage in its entire context as well. A good Readers Bible helps us to avoid these issues, and im grateful for that.
This particular Readers Bible is beautiful as well. Its the first ive ever owned, so I dont have much to compare it to, but I do know that it is very aesthetically pleasing. It is sturdy and well made. The font is a comfortable size. The text is distributed evenly. The color scheme is beautiful (Gray and Blue). The CSB is a wonderful translation.
Overall, I have enjoyed using this Bible, and I will continue to use it. I highly recommend it to anyone that is interested in diving deep into the Word without the clutter and distractions that come along with other Bibles.