Review | NKJV Interleaved Bible Journal Edition

The NKJV Interleaved Bible Journal Edition is based on the blank Bible used and owned by prominent Puritan preacher Jonathan Edwards. Using the same concept of attaching a blank page next to Scripture, Thomas Nelson produced a Bible that allows you to write your sermon notes, prayers, observations as you read through the Holy Scriptures.

This Bible is bound in a flax cloth-over-board cover which feels rough and rugged. It is my first time to see a Bible or any book with this cover and it’s very attractive. I got word from the publisher that this is actually a limited edition and they will be using a different cover option on this Bible’s reprint.

The NKJV Interleaved is quite bulky but I like that I have to use my full grip when I have to carry it. It measures 6.5 x 9.5 x 2.25″ and weighs 3 lbs, 7.2 oz. Basically, it has the size of a thinline Bible if it does not have the blank pages. The text block is smyth-sewn. Though it lays flat in any section without struggle, writing on blank inserts in certain parts could somehow be challenging. Given the bulk and size of the text block, it will be a little difficult to maximize for writing the space in the inner margins or the gutter as they tend to curve.

The paper is 40 gsm. It is adequately opaque but not as I expected. To accommodate the blank pages and to prevent the Bible from being gigantic, the publisher probably had to adjust the paper thickness, and that is really understandable. With this, you have to be a little cautious when writing on the blank pages. You also have to use the write pens so they will not bleed through. I have not tried to write on it yet as my pens contain heavy inks, but I am sure pencils with dark shades would be perfect for this.

This is a red-letter Bible, meaning the Words of Christ are in red. Set in a 9-point Comfort Print typeface, the text is line-match and neatly printed in a double-column layout. It is dark and it creates a nice contrast with the cream shade of the paper. Thomas Nelson also made this Bible as clean and simple as possible. There are no illustrations, maps, cross-references, just some concise translation footnotes on select pages. This Bible comes with two double-sided satin ribbon markers in brown and red.

Final thoughts

I really like the NKJV Interleaved Bible! I think the concept is brilliant. I recently reviewed the NKJV Bible Journals, and it basically has the same idea only in a different format. If you like and enjoy using the NKJV Bible Journals, you will surely love to have it in a single volume through the NKJV Interleaved. This would also make a perfect preaching companion—giving you a very readable Bible text beside your sermon notes all in one place.

This Bible retails for $49.99 and will officially be available tomorrow, October 5, 2021.

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Disclosure: A review copy of the NKJV Interleaved Bible, Journal Edition (ISBN 9780785236078) was provided for review by Thomas Nelson, from whom you may purchase a copy.

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