This New Testament in CSB/CUV according to what I’ve read is very clear and easy to understand. I do not understand Chinese. I am reviewing this New Testament from a quality and value perspective. I received it gratis from Holman for the purpose of review. This New Testament was well packaged and arrived in great condition. It was shipped in a box with a couple other books; a copy of, “Learn to Read New Testament Greek” and the workbook, “Learn to Read New Testament Greek, Workbook.” I will be doing more in depth reviews of those resources throughout the coming year. Obviously, learning Greek will be an ongoing adventure and require more than a week to do the review of those resources.
The New Testament provided is a parallel, meaning that it presents both the text from the Chinese Standard Bible (CSB) and the Chinese Union Version. (CUV)
The cover is black bonded leather.
If you are not familiar with bonded leather it is made from leather scraps that are bonded together with adhesive and died to the desired color. It is less expensive and pretty durable. It doesn’t hold up as well as leather and is not as flexible. The inside of the cover is lined with black paper glued down.
It appears to have a sewn binding.
This will add to the durability. There is a presentation page and some publication notes with translation notes.
There is one black ribbon marker and the page edges are gilded.
The words of Christ are in red.
The paper is very opaque. The hanzi characters are printed clearly with sufficient contrast to make out all of the details.
There is even a concordance of Chinese hanzi characters in the back. Included are some colored maps. If you know someone whose first language is Chinese and they are interested in knowing more about Jesus this is a good value for evangelism. It is not so expensive that you couldn’t afford to buy several of them, and it is made well enough to last them for a while. If your primary language is Chinese and you would like a New Testament to carry around as you witness to people this one would fit the bill. It is a good value at around eleven dollars from some retail sites.