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Holman NKJV Large Print Personal Size Reference Bible – Review

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Quality NKJV’s are hard to come by. Most NKJV’s are inexpensive (cheap) or study Bibles. Holman’s Large Print Personal Size NKJV is a hand-size Bible is a higher quality than average NKJV at a great price.


  • Soft cover
  • Large print
  • Sewn binding


  • Text feels crowded


  • NKJV
  • Family pages
  • Brown Genuine Cowhide
  • Raised hubs
  • Red letter
  • 11 point font
  • 20 page Concordance
  • 8 Maps
  • 8.5 x 5.75 x 1.25
  • Gilted edges
  • Brown ribbon marker
  • SRP $59.99
  • ISBN: 9781433613180

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Cover and Binding

The cover is genuine cowhide. It is soft and has a beautiful grain. I am a fan of this cover. There are 6 raised hubs on the spine. It is soft and feels elegant. The liner is vinyl-coated card stock. It’s not very think and might loosen up and make the cover more flexible. The binding is sewn. It will stay open somewhere in Exodus. I’m sure it will lie flat after it breaks in a little.

Paper and Print

The paper isn’t too bad. The opacity looks about the same as a Clarion or better. The paper is thicker than the Clarion. There is a random page here and there that is crinkled. Some are worse than others.

I’m guessing on the font size, but it looks like an 11/12. It looks like it has line-matching. There isn’t enough white space. The margins are smaller than most Bibles of this size and there is not much room between the columns of text. It looks and feels crowded. I did get used to it the more I read with it though. The print quality does seem to be consistent throughout, with about a medium boldness. The red-letter is fairly consistent with about a medium shade of red.


The text is presented in two-column, paragraph format. Poetry is set to verse. OT quotes are in italics and sometimes set to verse.  References appear at the end of the paragraph and footnotes appear in the footer. Section headings are bold and help make the text more readable. The size of this Bible is perfect for reading in one hand and for carry.

References and Footnotes

This is called a reference Bible, but there are very few references. There are not enough references for any serious study. They appear at the end of a paragraph. This placement doesn’t work that well for a paragraph layout. It is much better suited for verse-by-verse layouts. I would prefer them to be in the footer with the footnotes.


The concordance is small at only 20 pages. It doesn’t have a lot in it. It has 6 entries for God. It will do for a few of the major things you might want to look up, but it won’t be much help for serious study. It’s not a selling point for this Bible. It’s better than nothing.


There are 8 pages of colorful maps printed on thick paper. I like this paper the best for maps because it’s not the shiny. They are the standard Holman maps and they look great.


With its small number of references and concordance entries this is not a Bible for serious study. It is better suited for carry or reading. More white space would have made the text more readable, but it’s still a readable text with the section headings a layout. It’s a good alternative to the more expensive Clarion. What you lose in references and concordance you gain in font size. The brown cowhide is easily one of my favorite covers.


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Holman Publishing provided this Bible free for review. I was not required to give a positive review- only an honest review.

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