Review of the Lockman Foundation Large Print Compact Text Edition in Burgundy Leathertex.
As usual Lockman did a fine job of packing and shipping the Bible to me.
This edition is not expensive. If you have high expectations you will be disappointed. This Bible sells for about $20.00 it is produced in China.
I’m not making excuses here, but there are some things you need to consider when criticizing a Bible. I know some people have complained about the print and the paper on this edition. They aren’t wrong. The paper could be a bit more opaque or the print could be a bolder type face. It would be much easier on the eyes if that were the case.
What would the consequences of that be? Well, if the font were a bolder type face and stayed 9 point, it would take up more space on the page necessitating more pages. This edition is already pretty thick at about 1 3/16” not to mention that they have already taken out the references and made it single column paragraph format.
There isn’t much in the way of helps either. There aren’t any maps to remove to make this thinner. So what about the paper? Well, same problem if you make a thicker paper that is a higher g.s.m. then the Bible gets thicker. It’s just the laws of physics in a finite world folks. I hate to be a bummer.
This Bible tries to fill a niche that definitely is there. I’ve heard many people complain that they want a nice clean, compact, text edition of the NASB in paragraph format. The Cambridge Clarion is pretty close, but it costs almost $200 dollars in goatskin. You could opt for the calf split leather for around $105-$115 but that is still pretty expensive. So let’s look at what you are getting for $20.00 instead of what you aren’t getting.
This edition has 9 point font, the words of Christ in red arranged in a single column text format with limited footnotes at the bottom of the page.
It has a sewn binding and is covered in leathertex which is modern synthetic leather. It has a cross stamped on the front with a channel around the perimeter.
On the spine is printed, “New American Standard Bible” in large letters from one end to the other.
The page edges are gilded. There is one ribbon marker that matches the burgundy color of the cover. The ribbon is pretty thin and narrow. The inner liner is vinyl and color matched to the cover. It is glued down. There are decorative head and foot bands. You have a presentation page printed on Bible paper and not card paper. Then, you have the copyright page, followed by the foreword with translation explanation. Before the text begins you have a table of contents. After the text of the Bible you have one page of the, “Parables of Jesus” then, four pages of, “Important Events in Christ’s Life According to the Gospels” three pages of, “God’s Promises” and next, two pages of, “Old Testament Prophecies Fulfilled in Christ” and lastly, one page of, “The Miracles of Jesus.” The outside cover closed measures 7 5/16” long by 5 1/4” wide by 1 3/16” thick.
This is exactly what it is labeled. You can’t expect it to be everything you wanted in a Bible. There are going to be compromises when you make a large print, compact, text edition. I know this review sounds like an apology. I really wanted to like this Bible, but the truth is that it is a bit hard on the eyes due to the seemingly skinny font and thin paper.
For the money though, it is an excellent value and the perfect size to carry with you. The font is much larger than a 6 point font and you really haven’t gained that much in size over a traditional compact edition. I would recommend this Bible for people with good eyes that aren’t going to do long reading sessions. It would be good for break room reading or whenever you have a few minutes.