Friday, October 23, 2020

9. NASB Single Column Reference

NASB Single Column Reference, Wide Margin, 1995 Text. February 2020. Zondervan. 1920 pages. [Source: Bought]

First sentence: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

I was super-super-super-super excited to read this one! It arrived in the mail just a mere week before the world turned topsy-turvy in 2020. Here are the features that excited me and screamed out BUY ME, BUY ME, BUY ME.
  • Line-matched Bible text minimizes see-through
  • Verse-by-verse format
  • Black letter edition
  • Full-color presentation page
  • Eight pages of full-color maps
  • Exquisite, durable cover
  • Premium European Bible paper, 36 gsm
  • Two satin ribbon markers
  • Exclusive Zondervan NASB Comfort Print typeface
  • 10.5-point print size
On paper it looked like it would be THE ONE. I wasn't able to track down a copy in a physical store to see it before I bought it. But I took a leap of faith and ordered it online. 

I was not disappointed. This one has it all--or at least almost all. I love, love, love, love the 1995 NASB. I love, love, love single column bibles. I love, love, love, love black letter editions. I love, love, love, love, LOVE the new COMFORT PRINT type. I LOVE that there isn't ghosting or bleed through. I love the ribbons. (Though three or four ribbons would have been even better.)

In addition, it wasn't too heavy. It was slightly heavy. But I'd say it was pleasantly heavy. 

The way it lays flat is a dream. 

If I could combine everything I love about this one with everything I loved about the ESV Creeds Bible, then I would definitely have my ONE. If this one had an appendix of the creeds, it would be perfectly perfectly perfect in every way. 

I read the first three or four books in February--the week I got it. Then I put it on a shelf--back when I thought, hoped, that Covid would be a thing that passed relatively quickly--like by the summer. But this October I decided I might as well READ IT NOW. I read the rest of the Bible in October. 

© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible

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