I received this bible from the generous folks at Tyndale Publishers and let me say this is a lovely bible! This bible belongs to the new line of Select Reference Editions (hereafter TSRE) and it is simply exquisite. This isn’t a study bible, so its primary function is obviously to be read. To that end, Tyndale has incorporated all the requisite elements one might expect of a premium bible to make the reading experience as enjoyable as possible. My copy is bound in glorious black goatskin leather and unlike my NIV Pitt Minion, this goatskin is supple straight out of the box—it required little to no use to detect and appreciate the soft feel of good leather. To further contrast with the Pitt Minion, this bible smelled like good leather from the outset. I’m not sure why the Pitt Minion took a little longer to become more leathery smell-wise, but it did.
As for other features, the TSRE is Smyth sewn, which in my opinion is necessary to ensure it maintains its structural integrity through what would likely be many years of use. While the bidning initially makes the bible a little stiff, by following the included instructions (or your own method) for stretching the spine, the TSRE readily lays open without closing, whether you’re reading Genesis 1 or Revelation 22. The TSRE also includes two ribbon markers, eight full-color maps, and a 118-page dictionary concordance to facilitate the location of/definitions of particular words and/or concepts. Also contributing to this bible’s exterior beauty are the reddish gold art-gilded pages—always a nice touch!
The single-column layout is also a positive. While I don’t mind double columned bibles, the single column simply allows more room for larger fonts, which in turn, contribute to the overall readability. The font is a suitable 8.75 (Lexicon) and the paper is of good quality—thick enough to prevent too much ghosting and white enough to adequately underlay the black ink. The footnotes and marginal references are fairly numerous (40,000 +), but the pages remain uncluttered and provide plenty of information to allow the reader inroads to other texts and similar concepts.
In sum, this is simply a splendid bible. The craftsmanship behind it ensures that with proper care and use, this bible will last for many years, perhaps even generations. I treasure my premium bibles, most of which were produced by Cambridge, but this Tyndale edition can stand right alongside my Cambridge bibles in terms of quality. Some may even say that the Tyndale Select line doesn’t just rival Cambridge, but surpasses it. Perhaps time will tell!
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