- Kunstledereinband: 1488 Seiten
- Verlag: Crossway Books; Auflage: Box Lea (30. Juni 2013)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1433536455
- ISBN-13: 978-1433536458
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 21,4 x 14,9 x 3,8 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 325.869 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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Along with a good portable size and an excellent literal translation of the Scripture itself, I would say that this is a great choice for anyone.
Great Bible. Size is ideal. Print quality is about 98%. Some pages are a bit thicker type or lighter, but overall, very good (I'm kinda picky, so some may not notice at all). If you want a sample of the size of the type, you can go to the publisher's website [...]and print a PDF of the very page/Bible you want. Very handy. You'll want a case of some sort, as the cover & pages can be damaged if you just toss it in a bag.
The cross references inside are excellent. They may clutter the page for some folks, but it makes it a much more powerful tool. Generally, the typography is excellently done. The single column format is EXCELLENT and highly recommended no matter which version you get; however, note that some translations do large paragraphs (like the ESV) or shorter (like the NIV) or a new paragraph for every verse (like NASB). Single column is great IMHO. Much more readable. This Bible is a keeper.
UPDATE about 11 months later... Still love it. Of course, the content is what makes it great, but physically, it's great. I've read through the entire OT once and the NT twice since getting it and it just feels better and better in hand. I carefully broke in the spine/binding (look up how -- it's worth it). No tears or letting loose of any binding or pages. I do keep it in a firm case for transport. Lays amazingly in the hand for a synthetic cover. May sound like heresy, but I like the synth cover... it'll probably never wear out or dry out or mold (I've done all of the above to bonded leather covers in the past). The more I use it, the more I like it. Highly recommended.
The current generation of Bibles from Crossway are intentionally designed to help believers rediscover the aesthetic beauty of using and reading well-made books. Among the features of Crossway's new Bible lineup is a technology called "line-matching" which helps ensure that ghosting (that annoying see-through in Bibles' thin pages) is minimized.
Line-matching uses digital printing technology to ensure that--as much as possible--the Biblical text is printed exactly in line on both sides of the page, thereby making the page look whiter and cleaner. At the same time, Crossway is also using better and better paper too, toeing a difficult line between the thinness and opacity required for printing Bibles with thousands of pages.
Strikingly, Crossway is bringing the price of their Bibles to incredibly low levels. (A mere $15 for the version reviewed below from one retailer!)
In this review, I will be looking at a great example of the current generation of affordable Bibles from Crossway: the ESV Personal Reference Bible. This is an ergonomic, hand-size Bible which ought to justifiably displace that distracting digital device that so many are using today.
In this review, I will look at several of the main features of the ESV Personal Reference Bible (hereafter, PRB) including: format, cover, binding, paper, and features. I will not be doing much with the translation, because I have already argued in other places of the ESV's excellence. That will be assumed already in this review.
The PRB is a very delightful size and the "form factor" is just right for tucking in one's briefcase or purse and toting along to church. The text block measures at 5 X 7.4 inches, and when open, fits perfectly in the hand. The font size of 8pt. is very stark considering its portable size. The PRB comes in a single-column format making it eminently readable, especially in poetic sections which are not rudely cut off as so often occurs in double-column settings. The PRB has the standard 80,000 cross-references which seems to be pretty standard in Crossway's reference Bibles. These references are placed in the center near the gutter and do not detract the eye from reading smoothly across the whole page.
All of this means that the PRB is a much more financially responsible version than more pricey competitors such as the ESV Cambridge Clarion. In fact, if you have been Jonesin' for a Clarion, but cannot force yourself to spring for the pricey high-quality covers ($136 for the calf-skin or $150 and up for the goatskin), you might consider the PRB a cheaper, but trusty alternative.
Of course, you won't get a goatskin with this $15 PRB either, and that brings me to...
The version that I am reviewing is the Trutone in deep mahogany with an emblem design. This Bible does come in calfskin, (called "top grain leather") but that is going to jump the price to about $110. Since I am writing today for the common man, I am not sure that a high price cover is even necessary.
I have owned several of Crossway's Trutone covers before on my ESV's and they have all lasted. The truth is that while goatskin and calfskin are much more aesthetically pleasing (Trust me, I just had a Bible recovered from Leonard's!), if the purpose of the cover is to protect the contents, then the Trutone will not disappoint.
As far as I know, Trutone is a synthetic material made from some durable and flexible polymer. Honestly, I haven't done the research to know for sure what they are made of. What I can tell you is that they are getting better and better all the time. They are much more like real leather in both look and feel than earlier generations which tended to peel and flake under duress (such as sunlight and aging).
The mahogany color of this version is beautiful. Personally, I really wish they would have left off the emblem (rose pattern) from the cover, but I can tell you that my wife and twelve-year-old daughter both oowed and aawed when they saw it, so perhaps it is a male/female thing. Personally, I like my Bible covers to be dark, manly, and natural. Thankfully, the emblem is not embossed with any coloration and disappears in darker lighting below the deep, rich color.
Most readers are not even aware that Bibles are bound in vastly different ways. They are. It makes a huge difference.
Crossway is now using Smyth-sewn bindings on almost all of their Bibles, if not the entire lineup. This is the best possible strategy for binding paper together; far better than "perfect bindings" which merely glue stacks of loose sheets together. In Smyth-sewn bindings, the signatures (groups of 16, 32, or 64 pages) are folded, sewn together, and then stitched together as a solitary unit. For this reason, they hold together well and last much longer.
A good binding will do two things. (1) It will assure that your Bible does not fall apart in clumps and (2) it will allow the Bible to open flat and flex naturally, without snapping shut like a bear trap.
I am sure that all pastors and Bible students have struggled with a Bible that wants to snap shut every time one moves his hands to type or take a note. Not here.
While the PRB did not open completely flat to Genesis 1:1 out of the box (a litmus test for excellent bindings), it did do well by opening flat to Deuteronomy. Not bad.
After pressing the binding open and flat with my hand every 50 pages or so (as one ought to do with a new book), the binding greatly improved in flexibility after day one.
One small complaint that I would have here in this version is the inner lining (the material used to attach the text block to the cover material). In the PRB, it is merely composed of a thicker paper, almost like very thin cardboard or something. Other Crossway products are a bit better, using glossier and more durable material which is rather water-resistant.
Time will tell if this paper lining will be the Achilles heel of this particular Bible. I could foresee the liner being a possible location in which hard and rugged use causes a rip or tear. Then again, I keep reminding myself this Bible can be owned for only $15.
The paper used in the PRB is good. The line-matching makes it appear great. I will confess that it is not nearly as good as that used in the ESV Single-Column Legacy which is the best Bible paper I have ever seen and held in my own hands. Ghosting is minimal, and print quality (evenness of the darkness of the text) is very good. In some Bibles, the super-thin paper nearly ruins a great version. Not here. Solid work, Crossway. But why not use the Legacy paper in all of your Bibles?
The pages are gilded with gold edging, but some of my Crossway's have flaked and scratched considerably. I don't think that is something that can be improved. The page ends tend to receive a tremendous beating when a Bible is used for years.
If you love this Bible as much as I do, it won't be because of its features. It doesn't have many. No one is going to mistake this little gem for the ESV Study Bible!
More likely, it's simplicity, readability, and portable size will be the endearing features for you as they are for me.
The PRB does have a rather nice concordance, and a beautiful matching ribbon. (Two would have been better). The gutter-side references are convenient and pleasing to the eye. A presentation page will mark the occasion of the receipt of this Bible, and I do think that at the price of between $15 and $22 this will make a great gift Bible or travel Bible. It may even become the everyday Bible for some folks who don't like to tote a brick like the ESV Study Bible around town!
Overall, the hand-held portable size and readable font will make sure the PRB is treasured for many years by the owner. With nice publications like this coming out from Crossway, I can't imagine why anyone would want to use their phone in church anymore!
--Matthew Everhard is the Senior Pastor of Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Brooksville, Florida.
This edition, however, has some good points and some bad. The positives of this edition of the ESV is thus:
A compact Bible (5x7) but readiable even for old eyes such as mine.
The text does not bleed through as in some early editions of the ESV.
Words of Christ are in black which I do like better than the red letters.
Short introductions to each book of the Bible.
Each book of the Bible begins on its own page. No crossing over.
80,000 cross references on the side and not in the middle.
One column which makes this Bible easy to read.
The negatives are as follows:
Poor binding. The leather quality is not the best. Perhaps Crossway will put this edition out in a premium leather.
Paper could be better such as the "Bible paper" used in Cambridge Bibles.
I personally could do without the book introductions but some people need them and enjoy having them their.
Bigger concordance would be helpful.
Overall I would say that this edition of the ESV still falls short any Bibles put out by Cambridge or Oxford. I fear that Crossway will go the easy route of Nelson or Zondervan Bibles and put out cheap made Bibles that last only about a year when read by true disciples. I have heard that Cambridge is going to publish an ESV at some point in the near future. I hope so.