I was curious about this Bible because most of the ones I have purchased or received for review purposes have had smyth-sewn bindings. It had been a while since I looked at a Bible with a glued binding as I prefer the durability of the sewn bindings to the glued ones.
After looking at this Bible for just a little while now I can honestly say that I love all of the notes, papers, pictures, and resources in it.
I also love the layout and text. It is a great size font and very clear.
This would be a much better Bible if it were a sewn-binding. I am still not a fan of the glued bindings. The genuine leather cover is pretty typical for a Bible in this price range.
I was surprised at how badly the pages stuck together. It would be a pity if any of them tore because of the cheap silver colored gilding.
The pages are printed and laid out so beautifully. The Bible also has two ribbon markers.
This Bible is made in America which is a rare thing these days, when most of the low to mid-range ones are made in China or Korea.
I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was made here in the USA. There are so many features and things this Bible has got right, but the couple of draw backs are big ones for me. For $79.99 I expect much more in the quality department. So my two biggest gripes would be the glued binding, which is pretty standard these days, and the silver colored edge gilding that made the pages stick together. If they would put this in a sewn binding with real art gild page edges and a goatskin cover for $150.00 I think they would have a winner here. As it is I think this Bible falls prey to the quantity over quality error. Don’t get me wrong, this is a wonderfully useful and informative study Bible. It would be very helpful to someone doing daily studies and it comes in a decent price on Christianbook.com. Here is a list of some of it’s features;
- 15,000 study notes
- 141 photos
- 62 timelines
- 59 maps
- 40-page concordance
- 20 articles and essays on practical and theological issues
- 16 illustrations and reconstructions
- 15 charts.
- Two-column text setting
- Center-column cross references
- The words of Jesus in red type
- Extensive book introductions
- One- and three-year Bible reading plans
- Notes section for personal notes
- Ribbon marker
- Presentation page
- Family record section
- 9-point text size
- 9.50″ X 7.00″ X 1.75″
I wouldn’t let my two gripes about this Bible dissuade you from purchasing it because even though it lists at $79.99 it is available for much less on Amazon and Christianbook.com I will include links to both sites at the end of the review. I am kind of a stickler for bindings. Holman did put a lifetime warranty on this Bible so I imagine if the pages do start falling out you can ship it back to them and get a replacement. So in conclusion if you are looking for a deluxe daily driver then this is your Bible, but if you are looking for a premium Bible you are in the wrong price range. Features for miles and miles with just a couple little quibbles. Hope you enjoy all of the pictures below. http://www.amazon.com/Holman-Study-Bible-Edition-Genuine/dp/1433605147 for Amazon and http://www.christianbook.com/nkjv-holman-bible-black-genuine-leather/9781433605123/pd/605123# for Christianbook.com
I received this Bible from Holman free of charge for review purposes and am in no way obligated to give a good review of this product.