Review by Jonathan Ammon of Bible Reading Project The KJV TakeNote Bible (also available in a chocolate brown NKJV), a new wide-margin journaling Bible from Thomas Nelson, takes the grand old King James version and places it into a widely accessible journaling format for note taker’s and Bible lover’s. Though Crossway’s 2006 journaling Bible wasn’t the first on the scene (see Tyndale’s out of print Notemaker’s Bible) it made a splash in the Bible publishing world that took wide-margins further into the mainstream and introduced a format that appealed to avid note maker’s but didn’t intimidate the occasional scribbler. Thomas Nelson applied the philosophy behind the user friendly wide margin format and added a few improvements to make their TakeNote editions, which maximize current trends and advancements in Bible publishing. The most immediately noticeable feature of the Bible is its incredibly soft and flexible imitation leather cover. This is by far the best imitation leather cover I’ve handled. It’s both softer and more flexible than Crossway’s TruTone and features a handsome pebble grain finish. I was surprised by the suppleness, which easily performs the yoga position and allows the Bible to bend easily. It’s actually more supple than some of the goatskin Bibles I’ve handled, and while this may not be a must for every reader it’s a great benefit when you have an edition that’s 7.5 inches wide...Read More
Category: Wide Margin
My favorite study Bibles are those that give you the room to create your own notes. The NRSV Notetaker’s Bible is just that. The NRSV Notetaker’s Bible with the Apocrypha from Oxford University Press is a Bible with a single column of text and a column of ruled lines for taking notes, making it an excellent study or devotional Bible. The NRSV Notetaker’s Bible doesn’t contain any references or a concordance. Instead, it gives you room to write your own references and notes. There are translation notes at the bottom of almost every page that contain information such as variant readings, and Greek or Hebrew definitions. These notes help shed light on difficult passages without giving biased opinions. As its name indicates, this Bible is a New Revised Standard Version. The NRSV is essentially a literal translation that uses gender neutrality when it does not depart from the original text. This means that instead of saying ‘man’ it says ‘person’ if the context is refereeing to both men and women. This Bible contains the Apocrypha. I personally do not use the Apocrypha, but I recommend having it for reference so you can know what others are talking about. Where this Bible shines is its two inch ruled margin on the outside column of every page. The ruled lines are very close together, allowing for a lot of writing per...Read More
UPDATE: This is the original Note Taker’s Bible. It has now been replaced with a new edition that has larger and bolder print. For the review of the new Note Taker’s click here: http://biblebuyingguide.com/lcbp-note-takers-bible-review/ I’ve longed been an admirer of wide-margin Bibles. I consider the wide margin Bible to be the best choice as a Study Bible, because it gives the reader the opportunity to interact with the scriptures, creating their own Study Bible. For a Bible with a single column on the inside, a very wide margin (2.5 inches) on the outside of the page, a soft leather cover, in King James, a 11 point font, and a price too good to be true, I recommend the Note Taker’s Bible from Local Church Bible Publishers. The Note Taker’s Bible is available in three styles: the Basic Series, the Designer Series, and the Executive Series. The Executive Series comes in single piece black leather, three piece black, dual-tone with tan spine and black cover, and red. The Bible I am reviewing is the Executive Series single-piece black calfskin leather. Look and feel The cover of this Bible looks and feels expensive. It is genuine calfskin leather and is flexible and smooth. It’s easily one of the nicest covers I’ve ever felt on a Bible. This cover is ironed calfskin, which is smooth but still has a leather texture. ...Read More
Two attributes that I’ve always appreciated in Bibles are wide-margins and hardcovers. Cambridge University Press has produced one of the nicest Bibles with wide-margins and hardcover that I’ve seen. This model also happens to be in one of my favorite translations- New King James Version (NKJV). Features of this Cambridge Wide-Margin include: Blue hardcover Sewn binding 56 ruled pages 7.9 point font Red letter 15 full color maps One ribbon marker Size = 7 ¼ x 9 x 1 ½ Version This edition is in the New King James Version (NKJV). The New King James Version is a modern update to the almost 400 year old (1611-2011) King James Version (my personal favorite). I would say the NKJV is my second favorite, although I use it almost as much as I use the KJV. The NKJV preserves the style of the KJV, while updating the language for modern readers. I like the features of the NKJV text: subject headings, center column references translation notes paragraph style OT text quotes in the NT in oblique type Poetry has an offset type style Cover The cover is blue hardcover. It has a grainy texture that I really like. I like hard-cover Bibles because they have excellent quality at a lower cost. In fact, most Bibles I buy are hard-cover. This one is sewn, so it lies flat when opened. Wide-Margin...Read More
Cambridge. The name radiates elegance. Cambridge University Press is one of the few publishers authorized in England to publish the King James Version (known there as the Authorized Version, or AV) of the Bible. Every company faces challenges in publishing quality. In this review, I put the Cambridge Concord Wide-Margin Reference Black French Morocco KJ763XM to the test. Will Cambridge deliver? Features of this Cambridge Wide-Margin include: French Morocco binding Sewn binding 56 ruled pages Pronouncing text 8 pt font Black letter Glossary 15 full color maps Translators to the Reader Gilt edges Two ribbon markers Size = 7 ¼ x 9 x 1 ½ — SPECIAL NOTE: The Bible in these pictures has thumb index, but this was added later. This Bible will NOT come with thumb index. — Version This edition is in the King James Version (KJV- known in England as Authorized Version, or AV). The King James Version will be 400 years old next year (1611-2011), so reviewing a KJV Bible made by a company that was publishing Bibles when the KJV was translated and published seemed appropriate to me. The KJV is my favorite. I use others (such as ESV, NKJV, NIV, NLT), but the majority of my work is from the KJV. I grew up with it. It sounds and reads like God’s Word to me. Cover The cover is black French Morocco...Read More
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