The Holman NKJV Study Bible in Black Genuine Leather, Revisited.

The Holman NKJV Study Bible in Black Genuine Leather, Revisited.

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About a year ago I did a review of the Holman NKJV Study Bible. Overall the review was favorable. I thought it might be nice to give it a second look and see what my impressions are now. In my initial review I said that it had a glued binding, but I have found that it is actually sewn.

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The spine is not rounded and was kind of difficult to see down in the gutter. After some breaking in and a bit more force, you can see the thread. The signatures are not very big either so it was more difficult to tell.

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It is a good thing for a Bible this big to have thinner signatures. It makes it more flexible and less prone to falling apart. You see if it does start to fall apart only a few pages will come loose in a smaller signature instead of many pages in a larger signature.

I also commented on the size of this bad boy. That part has not changed. It is still pretty humongous. I would put it up there with the ESV study Bible for size. It is an attractive looking Bible as far as mass produced Bibles go. It is covered in black genuine leather.

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It is not shiny like so many of them are. It is has silver stamped lettering on the spine and silver gilt page edges.

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It is still printed and bound in the good ol’ U.S.A.

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It is very well printed. The text is clear and bold. It is very black and contrasts against the bright white paper.

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The paper could be a bit thicker, but then this Bible would be even bigger… That would be a problem. This is a red letter edition. The font is approximately a 9 pt. font being a good compromise.

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There are two ribbon markers one is black and the other is red.

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The Bible is case bound and well done.

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I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this Bible for anyone looking for a study Bible. Here is a list of the helps/features;

Holman Bible Publishers is excited to present the Holman Study Bible: NKJV Edition, a new edition modeled after its own 2011 ECPA Christian Book Award-winning HCSB Study Bible, where every well-conceived study help is practically placed on the same page spread as the related biblical text. It also 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, and 15 charts.

Other details of the Holman Study Bible: NKJV Edition include a two-column text setting, center-column cross references, the words of Christ in red type, extensive book introductions, one- and three-year Bible reading plans, a notes section, four-color presentation page and family records section, and two-piece die-cut gift box.

All study features throughout the Holman Study Bible: NKJV Edition are designed to put the emphasis where it must be – on making the Scriptures, God’s written Word, clear and understandable.

It is extremely flexible.

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The features are too numerous to expound on all of them. A very well done study Bible at an extremely affordable price from the United States, I hope other publishers are paying attention. You don’t have to make horrible quality Bibles in China to make a profit.
Be sure to check out all of the pictures on my flickr page.

Pick up your copy on Christianbook or Amazon

ISBN: 9781433605123

Trim Size: 10 x 7.6 x 2.1

Review of the Holman New King James Study Bible in Genuine Leather.

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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.

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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.

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I also love the layout and text.  It is a great size font and very clear.

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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.

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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.

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The pages are printed and laid out so beautifully.  The Bible also has two ribbon markers.

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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.

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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.