NKJV Single Column Reference Bible

Thomas Nelson’s NKJV Single Column Reference Bible is a genuine leather edition in the same setting as the Premier Collection NKJV Single Column Reference Bible. It includes the Comfort Print text designed by 2K/Denmark. ISBN: 9780785218159. It was made in China.

Thomas Nelson provided this Bible in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to give a positive review, only an honest one. All opinions are my own.

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Cover and Binding

This edition is black genuine leather with a paste-down vinyl liner. It’s soft to the touch and has an embossed grain that looks nice. The front has no writing. The spine has HOLY BIBLE, the NKJV logo, and the Thomas Nelson logo printed in gold. It has 5 spine indications printed in gold. It’s Smyth sewn, but it is a little stiff. It will need to break in before it will stay open in Genesis.

It weighs 2 lbs, 10.5 oz. It does feel a little heavy for my tastes, but it isn’t so heavy that I wouldn’t carry it around. The overall size is 8.75 x 5.75 x 1.875″. It is thick for its footprint, but I had no issues holding and carrying it around. It includes two satin ribbons, one black and one red, at 3/8″ each. They’re extra long and look nice.

Paper

The paper is 36gsm premium European Bible paper. This edition has the same paper as the Premier Collection, but there’s no guarantee the next run will include it. It’s white in color. It’s highly opaque and has a smooth texture. I find the pages to be easy to turn. It’s easy on the eye, making it great for reading for long periods of time. Page edges are gold gilt. The page cut is slightly wavy, but that’s only noticeable when the Bible is open.

Typography

The New King James text is presented in single-column paragraph format. Cross-references are placed in the outer margin as far down the page as possible. The header includes the book name and chapter numbers are printed in red and they’re placed in the outer corner. Under this is a black line followed by the page number in black. The red highlights set this design apart.

The typeface is the Comfort Print designed for the New King James by 2K/Denmark. It’s marked as 10.5. It looks a little small for its size, but it is great for reading. The font is black-letter. It has red highlights throughout the text within the page titles, section headings, drop caps, cross reference and footnote keys, header, and the reference keys in the margins. The red looks amazing. They chose the right shade of red.

It has around 62 characters across, which provides space for around 10-12 words per line. I love this character and word count. This is perfect for my tastes and makes one of the best layouts available. The text is clean and easy to read and poetry looks elegant. The Old Testament quotes use the newer NKJV style rather than oblique type. The text is printed with line-matching to improve readability.

Cross-References and Footnotes

The cross-references and footnotes are placed in the outer margin. Rather than placing them next to the verses they correspond to, they’re placed as far down the page as possible. Cross-references and footnotes are placed under the pilot numbers and they’re left-justified. The pilot chapter and verse numbers are in red. This looks great in the margin, but it’s the opposite of the red letters in the text, so the advantage of the color is almost lost. It still looks great, though. If they do make a layout like this of the KJV I’d like to see the verse numbers in the text be red instead of the cross-reference and footnote keys.

Here are some example references to help you compare:

  • Genesis 1:1 – Ps 102:25; Is 40:21; Jn 1:1-3; Heb 1:10; Gen 2:4; Ps 8:3; 89:11; 90:2; Is 44:24; Acts 17:24; Rom 1:20; Heb 1:2; 11:3; Rev 4:11
  • Deuteronomy 6:4 – Deut 4:35; Mark 12:29; John 17:3; 1 Cor 8:4, 6
  • Isaiah 9:6 – Isa 7:14; Luke 2:11; John 1:45; Luke 2:7; John 3:16; 1 John 4:9; Matt 28:18; 1 Cor 15:25; Rev 12:5; Judg 13:18; Titus 2:13; Eph 2:14
  • Matthew 17:20 – Mat 21:21, Mk 11:23, Lk 17:6, 1 Cor 12:9
  • Mark 11:23 – Matt 17:20; 21:21; Luke 17:6
  • Mark 12:29 – Deut 6:4, 5; Is 44:8; 45:22; 46:9; 1 Cor 8:6
  • John 1:1 – Gen 1:1; Col 1:17; 1 John 1:1; John 1:14; Rev 19:13; John 17:5; 1 John 1:2; 5:20
  • John 2:19 – Mat 26:61, 27:40, Mk 14:58, 15:29, Lk 24:46, Acts 6:14, 10:40, 1 Cor 15:4
  • Acts 2:38 – Luke 24:47
  • 1 John 1:1 – John 1:1; 1 John 2:13, 14; Luke 1:2; John 1:14; 2 Pet 1:16; Luke 24:39; John 2:27; John 1:1, 4, 14

The footnotes are the standard NKJV translation footnotes, which are my favorite footnotes. I find them to be useful because they provide manuscript variations and identify the manuscripts.

Concordance

The concordance is 76 pages and it has 2 columns per page. The words in the header are printed in red. It includes a lot of entries. This a good concordance for study. It doesn’t include other common names. It does have Jesus, though.

Here are a few example entries and the number of references they provide to help you compare:

  • Christ – 13
  • Christian(s) – 2
  • Faith – 40
  • Faithful – 20
  • Faithfulness – 5
  • Faithless – 2
  • God – 38
  • Goddess – 2
  • Godhead – 2
  • Godliness – 4
  • Godly – 3
  • Praise – 25
  • Praised – 4
  • Praises – 2
  • Praiseworthy – 1
  • Praising – 3
  • Pray – 14
  • Prayed – 2
  • Prayer – 16
  • Prayers – 5

One Year Reading Plan

In the back, it has a one-year reading plan with two reading per day. The readings include Morning, which takes you through the New Testament, and Evening, which takes you through the Old Testament. A table shows the month, date, and both readings. The readings follow the standard biblical order.

Maps

It includes 8 pages with 7 full-color Zondervan maps printed on thick glossy paper. They’re printed in bright earth-tones, which is some of my favorite colors for maps. It doesn’t have an index but the maps are annotated well and I find them easy to use. They include topography, distance, routes, borders, possible locations of lost places, battles, elevation, cities, and locations for the events of Jesus’ ministry.

Maps include:

  1. World of the Patriarchs
  2. Exodus and Conquest of Canaan
  3. Land of the Twelve Tribes
  4. Kingdom of David and Solomon
  5. Jesus’ Ministry
  6. Paul’s Missionary Journeys
  7. Jerusalem in the Time of Jesus

Comparisons

Here’s a look of the NKJV Single Column Reference Bible next to the Premier Collection NKJV Single Column Reference Bible, NKJV Compact Single Column Reference Bible, and the Cambridge Clarion.

Premier Collection NKJV Single Column Reference Bible

The paper is the same between the two (at least for this run). The Premier Collection is just slightly larger overall, but I wouldn’t notice that unless they were side-by-side. It also has three ribbons. The goatskin is softer and it’s edge-lined. It has a gilt-line in the liner and art-gilt edges. Other than that, the two are exactly the same. They make a great pair if you want to use two of the same edition in different price ranges.

NKJV Compact Single Column Reference Bible

The Compact edition has a different pagination, but the layout and design are similar. The cover materials are the same. The Compact does not include a reading plan, but all of the other features (references, concordance, maps, etc.) are the same. I love carrying the Compact edition, but the regular edition is easier to read.

Clarion

The Clarion has a slightly smaller footprint and a smaller text. The paper is thinner and not as opaque. The layout looks nice, but it isn’t’ as elegant as the Thomas Nelson. It’s noticeably lighter, making it easier to hold and read for longer periods of time, but the Thomas Nelson isn’t so heavy that I won’t use it.

Conclusion

Thomas Nelson’s NKJV Single Column Reference Bible in black genuine leather is an excellent hand-sized Bible. The contruction and materials are outstanding and the design is elegant. I love the print quality and red highlights. The paper is has the right shade of white to create a good contrast with the text while remaining easy to read. It’s also easy to turn and highly opaque. The font is sharp and dark. It’s a touch thicker than I preper, but it’s still easy enough to use. This is an easy Bible to recommend for any NKJV reader.

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This Bible is available at (includes affiliate links)

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Church Source

Thrift Books

and many local Bible bookstores

_________________________________________________________

Thomas Nelson provided this Bible in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to give a positive review, only an honest one. All opinions are my own.

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Randy A Brown

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