Prime Edition NASB Large Print Ultrathin Reference Bible Review

Prime Edition NASB Large Print Ultrathin Reference Bible

Lockman’s Prime Edition of their NASB 2020 Large Print Ultrathin Reference Bible is now available. This is a large print center-column cross-reference Bible in the 2020 edition of the New American Standard Bible. This is a goatskin edition with upgraded paper and ribbons. This is ISBN: 9781581351965, made in Korea.

Lockman 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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This Bible is available at 

Lockman Foundation Store

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  1. Video Review
  2. Binding
  3. Paper
  4. Typography and Layout
  5. References
  6. Footnotes
  7. Tools
  8. Bible Atlas
  9. Comparisons
  10. Conclusion

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Binding

Prime Edition NASB Large Print Ultrathin Reference Bible

The cover is black goatskin. It’s soft and it’s more flexible than most goatskin Bibles I’ve seen. It can be a little difficult to hold open in one hand. The pronounced grain looks and feels natural. It has perimeter stitching. There is no printing on the front. The spine has 5 raised hubs with text that’s printed in gold.

The liner is edge-lined cowhide leather. It has a gilt line around the inside perimeter that gives it an elegant flair. The edge-lined tab isn’t too stiff. It easily stays open to Genesis 1. The text block is sewn. It has a few thick end sheets and presentation pages that give it structure.

It has two double-sided 3/8″ ribbons- red for the Old Testament and black for the New Testament. They’re long enough to pull to the corner to open the Bible with no trouble. The head/tail bands are black. The overall size is 7 x 10 x 1.375″. It weighs 2 lbs, 7.4 oz.

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Paper

The paper is 31gsm. It has an off-white tint rather than the blue tint the less expensive versions of this Bible have. This paper is great for reading. It does not have glare under direct light. It does have a touch more show-through than I’d like, but it’s not bad. The texture is slightly rough, which makes it easier to grab and turn.

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Typography and Layout

This Bible was designed and typeset by 2K/Denmark. It takes the traditional layout approach with center-column references. The 2020 edition of the NASB text is presented in a double-column, paragraph layout with poetry in stanzas. The text is left-justified only, creating a ragged right edge. Old Testament quotes are in all caps. Cross-references are placed in the center column. The text is close to the header. The header shows the book name, chapter, and verse numbers in the outer margin. Page numbers are placed in the center. Footnotes are placed across the footer and are printed in a smaller font. Section headings are in a bolder print in all caps.

The typeface is about a 10-point, black letter. The print is dark and consistent throughout. There is enough space in the text to keep the lines and the words from feeling cramped. Verse numbers are large and bold, making them easy to find at a glance. The text is line-matched, meaning the lines on both sides of the page are placed in the same location to reduce show-through. It does reduce show-through quite a bit. The text on the other side of the page is a touch distracting at times, though.

Supplied words are printed with italics. It has around 6-8 words per line for most lines. Cross-references and footnotes are keyed to the text with letters and numbers. They’re easy enough to see and I don’t find them too distracting. The poetic layout is exceptional. The lines of text seem to be divided in the best possible places to create a page that looks balanced. There aren’t many lines with a single word.

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References

There are 95,000 center-column references. They’re excellent for study and sermon prep. They’re marked with letter

Here are a few example references to help you compare:

  • Genesis 1:1 – Ps 102:25; Is 40:21; Jn 1:1, 2; Heb 1:10; Ps 89:11; 90:2; Acts 17:24; Rom 1:20; Heb 11:3; Job 38:4; Is 42:5; 45:18; Rev 4:11
  • Deuteronomy 6:4 – Matt 22:37; Mark 12:29, 30; Luke 10:27; Deut 4:35, 39; John 10:30; 1 Cor 8:4; Eph 4:6
  • Isaiah 9:6 – Isa 7:14; 11:1, 2; 53:2; Luke 2:11; John 3:16; Matt 28:18; 1 Cor 25:25; Is 22:22; Is 28; 29; Deut 10:17; Neh 9:32; Is 10:21; Is 63:16; 64:8; Is 26:3, 12; 54:10; 66:12
  • Matthew 28:19 – Mark 16:15; Matt 13:52; Acts 1:8; 14:21; Matt 25:32; Luke 24:47; Acts 2:38; 8:16; Rom 6:3; 1 Cor 1:13, 15; Gal 3:27
  • Mark 12:29 – Deut 6:4
  • 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; Phil 2:6
  • John 3:16 – Rom 5:8; Eph 2:4; 2 Thes 2:16; 1 John 4:10; Rev 1:5; Rom 8:32; 1 John 4:9; John 1:18; 3:18; 1 John 4:9; John 3:36; 6:40; 11:25
  • Acts 2:38 – Mark 1:15; Luke 24:47; Acts 3:19; 5:31; 20:21; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12, 16; 22:16;
  • Romans 10:9 – Matt 10:32; Luke 12:8; Rom 14:9; 1 Cor 12:3; Phil 2:11; Acts 16:31; Rom 4:24; Acts 2:24
  • 1 John 1:1 – John 1:1; 1 John 2:13, 14; Acts 4:20; 1 John 1:3; John 19:35; 2 Pet 1:16; 1 John 1:2; John 1:14; 1 John 4:14; Luke 24:39; John 20:27; John 1:1, 4

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Footnotes

It has the full set of 2020 NASB of footnotes placed in a single column along the bottom of the page. They are separated from the text with a line and they’re printed with a smaller font. They include alternate renderings, explanations of the original languages, etc. These are helpful for studying and getting insights into the 2020 NASB translation.

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Tools

There are several family pages in the front and tools in the back for study.

Presentation and Family Pages – several thick pages in the front for records. They include the presentation page, marriages, wife’s family tree, husband’s family tree, births, deaths, and occasions to remember.

NASB Topical index of the Old and New Testaments – this is a large index that covers many topics. It’s somewhere around 120 pages with two columns per page. It includes people, places, events, concepts, theology, etc.

Introductions to the Books of the Bible – this provides a paragraph for each book of the Bible with information about its title and the main themes of the book. They’re not detailed, but they are insightful.

The Parables of Jesus – this is a table that lists every parable that Jesus taught and provides the reference for each of the four Gospels.

The Miracles of Jesus – this is a table that lists every miracle that Jesus performed and provides the reference for each of the four Gospels.

Important Events in Christ’s Life According to the Gospels – this is a table that lists the most important events of Jesus in the Gospels. It provides the reference for each of the four Gospels.

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Bible Atlas

There are 9 maps printed on 8 semi-glossy pages. They’re colorful and have lots of information. The large land areas have a sandy texture while all of the other colors are flat (or solid). The maps have lots of annotations with explanations and Scriptures. This is extremely helpful. It does not include an index to maps. The maps include cities, empires, distance, routes, battle sites, mountains, settlements, seas, journeys, etc.

Maps include:

  1. The Biblical World of the Patriarchs
  2. The Exodus Route and Conquest of Canaan
  3. The Twelve Tribes of Israel
  4. The Divided Kingdoms of Israel and Judah
  5. The Herodian Kingdom in the Time of Christ
  6. Old Testament Jerusalem / New Testament Jerusalem
  7. The Ministry of Jesus
  8. The Missionary Journeys of Paul

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Comparisons

Lockman NASB 2020 Large Print Ultrathin Reference Bible in Calfskin

The Lockman NASB 2020 Large Print Ultrathin Reference Bible in Calfskin also has a paste-down liner, but it’s vinyl instead of leather. The cover is much stiffer and has a more pebbly grain. The text and tools are the same, but it’s printed on different paper. It has a slightly blue tint, which is more noticeable when sitting next to the Prime edition.

Schuyler Quentel

My Quentel is an NKJV, but the design and materials are the same as the NASB. It’s a 95 edition, but I don’t have many premium reference NASB’s to compare with the Prime edition. The paper in the Quentel is thinner, but it’s more opaque (the camera picks up more show-through than my eyes do). The Prime’s text is slightly smaller and darker.

Schuyler Stridon

The Schuyler Stridon is a different design, but I’ve received questions about how they compare so I wanted to include it. This is the only other full-size premium 2020 NASB reference edition I have. It has the same paper, concordance, and maps as the Quentel. It’s a single-column verse-by-verse setting with poetry set to stanzas. The font is slightly smaller than the Prime edition.

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Conclusion

Lockman’s Prime Edition of their 2020 NASB Large Print Ultrathin Reference Bible is easily the best version of this Bible. The paper alone makes this the version to get. The edge-lined cowhide works great with the goatskin cover and creates a floppy Bible that looks and feels elegant. The text is good for reading and preaching. The Korean build quality is excellent. The Prime Edition 2020 NASB Large Print Ultrathin Reference Bible is a great choice for anyone interested in a premium large print 2020 NASB.

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This Bible is available at 

Lockman Foundation Store

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Lockman 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.

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.

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