Bible Review | NASB 2020 Thinline Premier

There has been a lot of talk online about the newest update of the New American Standard Bible—most popularly known as the NASB 2020. Since its release, this newest update from the Lockman Foundation received mixed sentiments from readers, especially Bible enthusiasts. Last year, we saw the gradual introduction of this edition in the market. And over the recent weeks, premium editions were released by Lockman, and a future project was announced by Humble Lamb Bibles.

The most recent addition to the list of NASB 2020 premium editions is the Thinline Premier from Zondervan Bibles. This is also the first entry in their Premier Collection with this new text update. Hand-bound in a brown goatskin leather cover, this edition stands out because of its elegant and very attractive gauffered page edges.

The NASB 2020 Thinline Premier comes in a beautifully-designed black two-piece box. The first thing that I noticed upon unboxing is that this Bible has a personal size like the NASB 2020 Thinline in leathersoft which Zondervan released a year ago. I am pretty sure that both Bibles do not have the same text block but most likely have the same layout and pagination. I personally love the handy and portable size of this Bible, and it is one of the things that I love about it. The text block measures 8.5 x 5.5 inches and is about an inch thick. It is perfect for an everyday carry Bible.

Zondervan used a high-quality brown goatskin leather as a cover for this Bible—which I am a big fan of. This is the same type of leather used in a lot of Zondervan and Thomas Nelson Premier Collection Bibles. The leather is a bit stiff and lined with brown calfskin leather. It is perimeter-stitched and has a gilt line on the liner. While others find it unappealing, I have always found the tough character of this leather nice and advantageous in terms of durability. It also has five raised spine hubs and a generous semi-yapp that beautifully hugs the text block.

As aforementioned, what sets this Bible apart is its beautiful gauffered edges. I looked it up online if this is a new trend, and I found out that it was actually a thing done in the 16th century for luxury books. I highly commend Zondervan for resurrecting this beautiful work of art which makes the edges truly art-gilt, and this premium Bible more luxurious. Aside from its thoughtful design, it is also praiseworthy that the first and last signatures of the text block have overcast stitching for additional reinforcement. The text block is smyth-sewn and edge-lined for durability—a standard in quality and construction of Zondervan Premier Collection Bibles.

Readability-wise, the NASB 2020 text is printed clear and very readable in a 9-point exclusive Comfort Print typeface specially designed and created for NASB by the renowned 2K/Denmark. This is a black-letter edition (the words of Christ) with a two-color page design throughout—having the titles, chapter numbers, and section headings printed in red. The texts are line-matched and set in a double-column verse-by-verse format which makes it more pleasant to read, and makes finding particular verses easier. This Bible uses a 36 gsm premium European Bible paper. It has no cross-references but textual footnotes are in place. Maps are also not included in the back but add-ons like indexes of Miracles and Parables of Jesus, and the like are added. It also includes a nice presentation page and three beautiful double-sided satin ribbon markers. This Bible retails for $199.99.

Final thoughts

The first NASB 2020 premium offering from Zondervan is pretty irresistible! It has impeccable quality, stunning design and presentation, easy readability, and portable size—all in one Bible. If you are still having second thoughts about getting this translation, this edition might change your mind.

To learn more about the NASB 2020 update, visit https://www.lockman.org/new-american-standard-bible-nasb/more-information-about-nasb-2020/


Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this Bible from Zondervan in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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