Bible Review | NRSV Single-Column Reference

If you are looking for heirloom quality Bibles, you can’t go wrong with the growing selection of Premier Collection Bibles from Zondervan and Thomas Nelson. I, personally, am a huge fan of this line of Bibles. Among the few that I acquired just recently, there is one that I really like because of its beauty, built, and quality — the NRSV Single-Column Reference Bible. This one is simply stunning.

Trusted by scholars and church leaders, the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) Bible is renowned across denominations for its good balance of scholarship and readability. I know many will surely love this edition, beautifully-crafted by Zondervan.

Like the other Bibles in the Premier Collection, the NRSV Single-Column Reference boasts a high-quality goatskin leather cover; but compared with the other premium Bibles that I have, this one by far, has the softest goatskin cover. It is firm and thick with a leather liner, yet very soft and supple. Its quality is top of the line. It is perimeter-stitched and it has five raised spine hubs. It measures 6.75 x 10.25 x 1.5 inches and weighs 2 lbs., 13 ounces. It almost looks identical with the NKJV Maclaren from Thomas Nelson, which I recently reviewed. It is smyth-sewn and edge-lined for added durability and flexibility.

In terms of readability and the overall reading experience, the NRSV SCR is superior. Whether it lays flat on the desk, on the palm, or wide open on the lap, the texts are very comfortable to read. Set in Zondervan’s exclusive NRSV 10.5-point Comfort Print typeface and printed on 36 gsm premium Bible paper, the scripture text is highly readable in any angle and seems bolder than usual. In addition to the bold texts which are line-matched, the margins are also notable. They are wide and clean. The cross-references are easy to find in the outer margin, while the translation notes act as footnotes in the lower margin.

Aside from the highly-readable text and excellent layout, my favorite thing that makes this Bible stand-out is its beautiful design and unique color scheme. Different from the usual red-under-gold art-gilt we see in premium Bibles, the NRSV SCR looks royal and majestic in its purple-under-gold art-gilt. It is very pleasant, lovely, and calming to look upon. This Bible’s three premium double-sided satin ribbon markers in white, purple, and yellow also follow and complement the color setting.

This Bible does not include the Apocrypha and only features the Protestant canon of the Holy Scriptures. Some extras include a beautiful presentation page, colored maps, and the NRSV Authorized and Concise Glossary and Concordance. It retails for $199.99 and is also available in imitation leather cover at a cheaper price.

The NRSV Single-Column Reference Bible is definitely one of the finest NRSV Bibles in the market today, if not the finest. The built, design, craftsmanship, and readability are remarkably outstanding. If you are in search of a quality Bible in this translation, I highly recommend this one.


Disclosure: A review copy of the NRSV Single-Column Reference Bible (ISBN: 9780310454939) was provided for review by Zondervan, from whom you may purchase a copy.

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