This Bible arrived undamaged and in good condition. It was shipped in a cardboard box, cushioned with paper packaging.
The Bible was in a sturdy 2 piece retail box that should be retrained for storage.
I love the fact that this is covered in genuine leather instead of bonded leather or faux leather of some kind. For under $40 this is a big plus.
It would be worth the purchase price just for getting an NASB in a genuine leather cover, but wait, there’s more. It has a flexible sewn binding.
I’m getting ahead of myself. The genuine leather is better than expected for the low purchase price. The front cover has no markings. The spine has, “Holy Bible” at the head, “New American Standard Bible 1995 Edition” in the middle, “Side-Column Reference” under that and, “NASB Foundation Publications” at the bottom.
On the back cover the isbn is printed along with the cover type and model number.
The corners are mechanically folded. The inside cover is lined with black vinyl to match the outside cover. This is a case bound book.
There is a presentation page and a family records page in the front of this Bible.
I hope some people still use these. They seem antiquated to some, but I do write in them. It helps me remember important occasions. There’s no other book we should be in more than the Bible. If we are picking it up everyday we can look at those dates.
After these pages you come to the copyright and publisher information page.
It tells us that this Bible is made in China.
The next pages are the translation information and the Table of Contents.
This is one of my all time favorite layouts for a Bible. It is a single column of text, in verse format, with cross references in a side column in the margin of the page. There are over 95,000 cross-references to enrich your reading and study.
Layout is a very personal and subjective preference. That is why there are so many. I am not a fan of the single column layout when done in paragraph format. Many of the newer Bibles from publishers are being set up this way. People claim they are easier to sit and read. This might be so for some people, but for me it doesn’t work. I get distracted easily and need still and quiet to sit and read. Even movements on a television that has been muted will distract me. When I get distracted, it is difficult to come back to where I left off. With a verse format Bible I find it easier to resume reading.
The font is printed in 10 pt. size so it is large enough to read with the Bible resting on my lap. This black letter edition is printed with modern digital font that have clean and clear edges.
The paper could be a bit more opaque.
I find that with artificial lighting pointed at the page the ghosting is worse, than when I am reading with natural or ambient lighting. This is not something I measured, it is just my personal opinion. There are healthy 1” wide margins to jot down your thoughts in.
There is one black ribbon marker, black and gold decorative head and tail bands, and gold gilt page edges.
In the back is an 82 page concordance. It is pretty helpful compared to many concise concordances you’ll find in the back of Bibles. There are also 9 pages of book introductions and 8 maps.
This Bible measures 9.75″ x 7.00″ x 1.50″ Even though it isn’t small it is not cumbersome.
My overall impression is that this Bible is one of my favorite layouts and I find myself using it pretty often. the single column layout helps me read with fluidity while the verse format helps me keep on track. I can also look up verses quickly. The only flaw is the somewhat less than opaque paper. The purchase price makes this Bible a great value and the quality binding makes this a long time friend. I would suggest this Bible to anyone looking for a full sized reference Bible with a genuine leather cover in a single column layout. One of my all time favorites from Lockman Foundation.
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5 thoughts on “A Pleasant Reacquaintance with an Old Friend, the Lockman NASB Side Column Reference Bible in Black Genuine Leather.”
Hey, it says “1995 Edition”, instead of the usual “Updated Edition”. Very suspicious. Something’s going on, I think. 🙂
Lockman’s Nueva Biblia Latinoamericana de Hoy is my main Bible, but for an English translation I refer to NASB often. Lockman’s bilingual NASB/LBLA is super.
Thanks for your interesting blog posts!
1995 is the year of the update.
Yes, but the several NASB editions I have all say “Updated Edition” on the cover. Now it’s changed, on your review edition, to say “1995 Edition”. I’m just having a little fun with a conspiracy theory that another update is on the way. 🙂
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Afaik, Lockman’s 2017 printings of the NASB SCR have a thinner, yet more opaque paper.