- Leather Bound: 1408 pages
- Publisher: Zondervan (December 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0310941261
- ISBN-13: 978-0310941262
- Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 7.3 x 1.9 inches
I received this bible as a gift from my wife (Becky). Thanks for this wonderful bible.
There have been various reviews written about this particular edition of the TNIV bible so I don’t want to be redundant and I am not writing on the pros/cons of this translation. However there are somethings that I would like to point out mostly positive. I am also including various photos to help with the descriptions and assist those that my consider purchasing this bible. At a price tag of $62.99 at Amazon you can’t go wrong. I also do enjoy collecting fine bibles and this now my 3rd one that I own.
I wanted this bible primarily to read from for the following reasons:
- Single column
- Fine Black Supple Leather (not calfskin) very soft and flexible
- Sewn stitching
This bible is sort of Old World Craftsmanship with New World look to it. I say that because it does not have the traditional leveled up dividers on the outside of the binding it is perfectly smooth, which now a days are only done for cosmetic purposes anyhow. There is a proper term for this but I just cannot recall what it is. Also they went with a sliver edging on the papers and the cover printing is also done with sliver and uses a modern looking font. The leather cover has a double stitching all around which I am sure adds to the build quality, and it also looks really nice.
I am not sure if I like the choice of font that they have chosen for this bible. Also it feels a bit small for a bible of this size, and it also feels like the sentences are a bit close together making it a bit difficult to read. I think/hope over time I will get use to it. This is the only negative thing that I have encountered so far.
Some pleasant surprises that I found were the Topical Ties that are at the bottom of each page if appropriate. Also where verses or what appears sections are similar like in the Gospels they added some additional references sort of a harmony of the gospels sort of thing. I thought this was only found in the Gospels, however I also noticed them in the Psalms. I suppose that where ever there are similar passages you will see these references.
The other thing that is nice is that it is a Single column (fine) black letter edition bible. The single column layout that is being used as best as I can tell is the exact same layout that is used in the TNIV The Books of The Bible (TBoTB), with the exception that chapters, verses, and translator headings were added to this edition. The books are presented with the literary divisions that their authors have indicated. The advantage here is, if you ignore the chapters & verses it allows you to read it in the same manner of the TBoTB. To quote TBoTB “single-column setting that clearly and naturally presents the literary forms of the Bible’s books”
This bible does come with two ribbons, and they are nice and long and seem to be a tad wider than the usual ones. It also contains a Dictionary of TNIV Terms which may be useful if you come across some words you may not be familiar with such as Asherah Poles, Calamus, or Dugongs.