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Cambridge has created an entirely new setting of the English Standard Version that will be a delight to read and to handle. The Cambridge Clarion Reference Bible presents the text in a single column, and places the cross-references in the outer margin, giving the page a very well laid out appearance. The font size is just under 9 point with generous line spacing. It is typeset in Lexicon No.1, a modern digital font which has many of the characteristics usually associated with traditional Bible typefaces – in particular, a degree of readability more usually associated with much larger type. The Bible has 15 colour maps and a concordance. There are two ribbons to keep the place in different parts of the Bible. The Clarion edition is the only ESV personal size reference Bible with a single-column paragraph format. This is a Bible of the very highest quality, printed on India paper with art-gilt edges, Smyth-sewn for flexibility and endurance, and bound in black goatskin leather, edge-lined for extra suppleness.Read more
- single-column paragraph format
- generous type and readable layout
- edge-lined for extra suppleness
09th Feb 2015 by Bsnyder
They don’t get much better than this! The Cambridge Clarion, ESV Bible in black edge-lined goatskin leather. What qualities do you look for in a Bible? Clear print, font size, paper opacity, sewn binding, quality cover, solid translation, lifetime warranty that you probably won’t have to use? Well the Cambridge Clarion, ESV Bible in black edge-lined goatskin leather has it all. I know you are probably getting tired of me giving these Cambridge Bibles such good reviews, but if they weren’t simply better than the others I wouldn’t. I think the other publishers might even wish I would stop reviewing Cambridge Bibles. Their publications don’t look as good compared to the Cambridge Bibles. Now, I know there are plenty of good Bibles out there, but when contrasted with the outstanding ones they fall short in some areas. With Bibles I’ve noticed that you get what you pay for in general. The ESV is a solid translation from Crossway. Here is a link to some information about the translation. It is not a dynamic equivalent or thought for thought translation. It is more of a formal equivalent or word for word translation. Hebrew and Greek don’t have the same sentence structure and grammar as English. In translating the words are translated directly into English, but are arranged as English sentences so that we can understand them. In a dynamic equivalent the sentence or paragraph is read and studied by the team and they basically paraphrase it in English to convey the meaning in the most accurate way they can. The NIV is a dynamic equivalent. Dynamic equivalents may be easier to read, but in my opinion are by nature less precise. That is why I prefer formal equivalent translations like the ESV or NASB. Besides being an ESV this Bible is like Goldilocks and the baby bear’s stuff. It is just right. It isn’t too big, or too small. The paper isn’t too thick or too thin. The print isn’t too big or too small. The cover isn’t too soft or too rigid. It gets just about everything right. The Clarion arrived in an easy to open cardboard box along with an REB that I will review later. Both Bibles arrived undamaged and in good condition. The Clarion was in a one piece clamshell box. The box should be retained for storage, should you ever decide to put this Bible down for a bit to read another… I doubt that will happen. The first thing you’ll notice is the smell of the leather. The next thing you’ll notice is the supple, perimeter stitched, edge lined, black goatskin leather cover. If you have never owned a Bible with a cover like this, you don’t know what you are missing. For durability, functionality, and comfort, you can’t beat it. The cover works in concert with the sewn binding and quality paper to allow this Bible to open well and lay flat on a table or desk. It also lies flat while held in one hand. This makes it a joy to read. I love that you forget you are holding something. You aren’t constantly fighting the cover, the paper, or the binding. The Spine of the Clarion has, “Holy Bible” at the top. Under that is, “English Standard Version”. On the bottom of the spine is, “Cambridge.” They are all hot-stamped in gold. There are five small decorative hubs as well. The grain of the goatskin cover is more pebbled than a top grain cowhide. It is softer than the shiny genuine leather covers that are made from pigskin. The perimeter stitching is uniform and well done. The corners are stitched as well so you won’t see the typical corner treatment. When you open the Bible, you’ll see the end papers are glued to cover and text block so that they will be more durable. There is a simple presentation page that is made of heavier card paper. It has several blank lines on it. Then there is a Title Page. After that is the copyright page with the font size and type. It list the font as 8.75/10.5 pt. Lexicon No. 1 A Enschede ff We also can see from this page that this Bible is printed by Jongbloed in the Netherlands. For those of you in the know, that is a big plus. They have been doing great work for many years. One truly great feature of this Bible is the line matching utilized by Jongbloed. The lines of text are printed exactly opposite of the lines on the other side of the page so that the text isn’t distractingly visible through the paper. The paper is a little off white and the black text contrasts against it nicely. It is printed clearly and uniformly throughout. The text is laid out in a single column paragraph format with the cross-references on the outside edge of the page in the margin. This layout is conducive to long sessions of uninterrupted reading. The paper is smooth. The page edges are art gilded with red under gold. I think this is a pleasing aesthetic. When the Bible is open the red shows through and while it is closed the gold is prominent. There are two red ribbon markers for keeping your place. Most other Bibles only give you one ribbon. It is nice to have to so you can mark your reading in the Old and New Testaments. There is a useful concordance in the end with a map index and 15 color maps printed on a heavier card paper. I like this approach better than the glossy maps as the high clay content in their paper makes them crack easier. With all of the features like, quality construction, quality materials, attention in design, you can tell why I love the Clarion Bibles from Cambridge. If you are in the market for a premium Bible, look no further. You can purchase them on these sites Christianbook.com Amazon.com evangelicalbibles.com ISBN: 9780521182911 ESV Clarion Reference Edition ES486:XE Black Goatskin LeatherSee all reviews
26th Apr 2016 by ClintonDeAbreu
This is an outstanding Bible for anyone who's looking for the perfectly sized carry Bible & it only gets better when you open it up, Single paragraph format, with the most readable font (don't let the 9.75 font size fool you, it seem more like a 10.5), maps, concordance & cross-references. With something so perfect there must be some downsides, like the ribbons are thinner than what I'm use to, but as you use the bible you start to realise it the right thickness for the size & format. The other change I'd make is add more yapp to protect the art-gilding. The paper is super thin 28gms, so i would recommend you not take notes, as you will definitely get bleed, but it wasn't made for note taking & there isn't much space for it anyway. With 28gms paper you'd expect show-through (ghosting), actually there is very little due near perfect line matching, so you'd have to be hypersensitive to the see-through to actually notice it. All round the most perfect, compact way to carry the Word of God around on your travels. I'm so blown away by the format of my ESV, that I'm planning to purchase it in the KJV as soon as affordability allows it.
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- Date Published: November 2011
- format: Leather / fine binding
- isbn: 9780521182911
- length: 2080 pages
- dimensions: 204 x 152 x 44 mm
- weight: 0.89kg
- contains: 15 maps
- availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from March 2022
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