In 2019, Thomas Nelson released the NET Full-Notes Bible. It was well-received by the public, and personally, it was one of my favorite Bible releases that year. It is massive and it boasts over 60,000 translator notes from 25 Bible scholars. An invaluable resource to the church and to any serious Bible student. After the success of this Bible, Thomas Nelson went another mile and released editions without the translator’s notes. These editions are excellent options for those who want to conveniently carry a copy of the NET Bible anywhere. These include the Journal Edition, Thinline Large Print, Abide, and Abide Journals.
This year, Thomas Nelson made another step with the NET franchise and released the NET Large Print Thinline Art Edition. This is hot off the press, published just few days ago. This Bible is especially created to draw readers closer to the scripture. Each book of the Bible opens with a woodcut-inspired image to reflect the underlying theme or significant event in it. South Carolina artist, Stephen Crotts, created all 66 images by hand, beautifully telling God’s incredible story.
The NET Large Print Thinline Art Edition measures 6.25 x 9.25 x 1 in. and weighs 2 lbs, 4 oz. It is very handy and easy to carry. Its design and artistry are praiseworthy. The moment I opened its clamshell box, I was stunned by the gorgeous cover of this Bible. It has an engraved artwork depicting a lamb. Another artwork showing an erected cross can be found on the spine. Along with it are four debossed marks, which is something new, and some more inscriptions in gold. The cover has the usual quality of the Thomas Nelson leathersoft that we love. It is smooth and perimeter-stitched. This Bible has a blue cardstock paste-down liner. It looks subpar, and over time, might easily tear with vigorous and constant use. It could have been much better if they opted for better materials like the widely used vinyl liner which is tougher and more durable. Nevertheless, the built of this Bible is good. It is smyth-sewn which makes this Bible strong enough to endure daily use, and to lie flat when open. It has also a nice gold-gilded edges. I especially like the two double-sided satin ribbon markers in blue and gold. They are long, thick, and the same ones that Thomas Nelson uses in their premium Bibles.
Thomas Nelson used 30 gsm paper on this Bible. It is adequately opaque with some noticeable ghosting. The text is set in Thomas Nelson NET Comfort Print 10.5-point type and is line-matched which greatly diminishes the ghosting. It is highly readable in the traditional double-column format. This Bible also includes some translator’s notes in concise format in the footer.
Aside from the captivating Stephen Crotts woodcut-inspired artwork which is the cherry on top of this Bible. What I love most about the NET Large Print Thinline Art Edition is the introduction of each of the 66 books. It includes surveys that briefly detail the historical and theological context of each book. But the highlight and the best part of these introductions is the Christological accounts that points who and where is Christ in the particular book. It is an incredible feature and a very useful resource in studying the Holy Scriptures.
Thomas Nelson never fails to create Bibles that will surely draw people to read it more. The NET Large Print Thinline Art Edition is among those that is not only engaging to the soul but also to the eye and the imagination. It is worth-having and would certainly make an excellent gift. With a better paper and liner, this is a good candidate for a premium Bible. For those who love the NET Full-Notes Bible but being hindered by its size or those who simply love the New English Translation, The NET Large Print Thinline Art Edition is a nice portable choice and would make a good everyday carry Bible. It is also available in a brown leathersoft cover and retails for $44.99.
The NEW ENGLISH TRANSLATION
Clear and readable, elegant and accurate, the New English Translation (NET) was produced by a team of the world’s leading biblical scholars who began work on the project in 1995 and working from the best available manuscripts. The unparalleled set of translator’s notes, freely available at netbible.org, documents every major translation decision, making the NET a Bible you can trust to give you the full picture.
Disclosure: A review copy of the The NET Large Print Thinline Art Edition Bible (ISBN: 9780785244455) was provided for review by Thomas Nelson, from whom you may purchase a copy.