Bibles I’m Looking Forward to in 2020
There are a lot of amazing Bibles coming out this year. Here’s a look at a few that are at the top of my personal list. I’ve grouped them by translation, which is in no particular order. I’ve also specified the release date for each one. Images are taken from the publisher’s websites or product listings.
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The Schuyler Treveris is a text-only hand-sized (5.5″ x 8.5″ x ~1.1″) Bible with a unique layout that places verse numbers in the margin. The first in this series is a KJV in a single-column paragraph layout with poetry set to stanzas even through the New Testament. This design creates an edition that’s highly readable but is still usable for study. It releases in April.
Humble Lamb Lion
The Humble Lamb Lion is a large print KJV with word definitions from Webster’s 1828 and 1913 English Dictionaries and Wright’s 1876 Bible Word-Book in the footer, and lots of illustrations by Gustave Doré placed throughout the text. The cross-references are placed in narrow columns, making them easy to find at a glance. Definitions are under the cross-references in a single column. It releases in March.
NKJV Scripture Journal Set
NKJV Scripture Journal, Complete Bible Box Set, 45 Volumes has 45 paperback books divided into 5 box sets: The Law, The Writings, The Prophets, The Gospels and Acts, and The Epistles and Revelation. The text is placed in a single-column layout on one side and the opposite side has journaling lines for notes. Each book is sewn and has thick journaling paper, book introductions, translator footnotes, and a single-column layout of Scripture on one side and a full page of journaling lines on the opposite side. It releases in September.
NKJV Abide Bible
The NKJV Abide Bible is a study Bible created in partnership with Bible Gateway and the Taylor University Center. It has Scripture engagement prompts that include praying the Scriptures, picturing yourself in the narrative, journaling, art, and contemplating a passage to help experience God’s presence. It releases in April.
NASB Comfort Print Preacher’s Bible
The NASB Comfort Print Preacher’s Bible from Zondervan has paper and print specifically for preaching and matches page-for-page with the NASB Pew and Worship Bible and the NASB Value Pew and Worship Bible. It will have the 1995 NASB, 10 point font, highly opaque paper, and be available in premium and regular editions. It releases in February.
NASB Single Column
The NASB Comfort Print Single-Column Reference Bible from Zondervan is a large print side-column reference edition of the 1995 NASB. It has premium 36gsm paper and will be available in several covers. It releases in February.
NASB Journal the Word
The NASB Journal the Word Reference Bible from Zondervan is a standard-sized single-column journal edition with wide outer margins and the 1995 NASB text. It will have white paper and an 8.5 font with the words of Christ in red. It releases in September.
NASB The Preacher’s Bible – Handy Size
The Preacher’s Bible – Handy Size from Thre Sixteen Publishing is a smaller version of their Preacher’s Bible. It’s typeset by 2K/Denmark and printed by Royal Jongbloed on 32gsm French paper. It presents the 1995 NASB text in a single-column, verse-by-verse setting with a 1-inch outer margin. It releases February 14th.
NASB Quentel Wide Margin
The Schuyler NASB Quentel Wide Margin is the wide margin version of their NASB Quentel. Features will include a 9.5 font, wide margins on all sides, 40gsm paper, and lined note pages in the back. It was typeset by 2K/Denmark and will be printed and bound by Royal Jongbloed. It will be released in June.
Other Schuyler’s on their production map include the NASB Single Column and CSB Quentel, although they don’t have specific launch dates yet.
ESV Heirloom Single Column Personal Size
The Crossway ESV Heirloom Single-Column Personal-Size Bible is a portable premium edition in a single-column layout with high-quality paper that’s just over 1″ thick. It will have wide margins and a goatskin cover. It will be available in March.
CSB Holy Land Illustrated
The CSB Holy Land Illustrated Bible from Holman creates a visually immersive Bible reading experience with over 1,200 images, maps, and illustrations to provide insight and understanding of the people, places, and things in scripture. It will have 275 full-length articles, 40 call-outs, book introductions, and more. It will be available in September.
There are a lot of excellent Bibles coming out this year. Publishers are listening to their audience more than ever and we’re seeing an increase of quality in both production and design. 2020 looks to be an especially good year for the 1995 NASB. Of course, there are a lot more Bibles coming out this year than what I’ve highlighted here, but these are currently the Bibles I’m looking forward to the most. I’m hoping to see the next Cambridge Topaz in 2020, but they haven’t announced the release date yet. Stay tuned to BBG for more news about upcoming releases. I’ll try to review as many as I can.
Which Bibles are you looking forward to in 2020? Let us know in the comments.