Cambridge Pocket Reference Bible – Review

Today’s guest post is from Matt Sherro.

Cambridge Pocket Reference Bible (provided by Cambridge free of charge. No positive review was required or promised, only an honest review.)

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A few highlights before we begin

  • Ultra thin compact reference Bible
  • Words of Christ in Red
  • Bold Figure References
  • Glossary
  • Gilt page edges
  • Smythe Sewn Binding
  • French Morocco Leather
  • Zip closure

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Few things in this world feel like a Cambridge Bible and it is nearly impossible to describe a Cambridge Bible without using a superlative term. The Cambridge Pocket Reference Bible is no exception…

The Cover Material

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Cambridge uses black French Morocco Leather for this edition. The grain is very subtle, much more so than on the Clarion. You can feel the texture for sure and I absolutely love the way it feels in my hand.

The cover is noticeably stiffer than on other Cambridge Bibles. You definitely want a more firm cover in this Bible because it is intended to be kept in your pocket. (Incidentally, even though I will not provide a picture of my back pocket this Bible fits there perfectly.)

Font & Layout

This is a 4.5/5 point Times Semi-Bold. This is ideal for a Bible that you are going to take with you on the go. I do not know that my eyes would tolerate this as a daily Bible though someone with better vision will most likely not have trouble.

The text is laid out in a double column verse-by-verse format with center column references. Surprisingly, there is a bright red ribbon marker. In all honesty, I have no idea why it is there. It gets caught in the zipper almost every time.

Paper

The paper is another surprise. If I had not held this Bible, I would never have believed the paper that comes with it. I think it is actually better than in the Clarion. For such a tiny Bible, it is very opaque. There is a little ghosting but nothing that would be annoying.

If you were so inclined, a ball-point pen could be used with little issue. I doubt highly that there would be any bleed through.

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Overall Impression

It’s a Cambridge and is every bit as desirable and enjoyable to use as its larger brethren. I would say that this Bible should be the first choice in two scenarios: 1. You want a premium Bible but have a limited budget. 2. You need a Bible that can withstand the rigors of daily use, going in and out of pocket etc.

$60 directly from Cambridge University Press is a spectacular price. Evangelical Bible’s website has it at an even lower price. My ministry offers a free Bible to those in need and I could actually see us offering this Bible (under the right financial circumstances).

I would absolutely recommend the Pocket Reference Bible to anyone that asks about it.

Additional Photos

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About The Author

Randy A Brown

WordPress writer by day, Bible reviewer by night, pastor all the time. And there's also that author thing.

1 Comment

  1. Don Denison

    Dear Friends:

    I have a similar bible marketed by Trinitarian Bible Society, I have the non zippered calfskin without the red printing for the words of Christ. This bible has cross references, word list and pronunciations in the front, a reading plan two ribbon markers, it fits easily in a shirt pocket, and gets a surprising amount of use. The bible is 4″X5 1/2″X about 3/4″. A magnifying page purchased seperately greatly helps the reading. This bible was published for TBS by Cambridge, price was only $40. For anything with this small print, I recommend a magnifying sheet especially for use in dim light.

    Yours in Christ

    Don Denison

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