As I am perusing through the new Ignatius Catholic Study Bible New Testament, I wanted to make a few comments about the RSV-2CE leather edition which came out a few years back. Ironically, the RSV-2CE was one of the first Bible reviews I did on this blog, back in August 2008. So why revisit the RSV-2CE? Well, if you have seen this edition in stores recently you may have noticed that it looks a bit different.
Well, first of all, the newer editions that Ignatius is putting out are not made in China, but rather the good old USA. While I didn't make any comment about this when I did the review back in 2008, it was something that bugged me. So, I am quite happy to see Ignatius make this change.
Secondly, you will instantly notice that the new edition seems slightly thicker. There is no new content from the first version, which contained the RSV-2CE text, with the original RSV-CE notes, and a small section of maps. What is different is the type of paper being used. One of my biggest complaints against the original version was that it used glossy paper, which I found tough to read in certain places. That is not the case anymore. The paper, which is still thick enough to avoid bleed-through, is not glossy. Thank you Ignatius! When I saw this in the store I thought to myself: "Should I buy another edition of the RSV-2CE?" Well, I have been much happier with this change in paper quality. So the answer is yes. For me, it makes the text much more clear and enjoyable to read.
Finally, one other difference is the leather cover. The first edition had a very stiff, bonded leather cover. This one, however, while still bonded leather (I think) is much more flexible and limp. It easily opens and sits flat in the lap or on a table. Again, another upgrade.
While these three upgrades may seem minor to some, I think they make this standard Ignatius RSV-2CE more enjoyable to read from. Now with the newly released Ignatius Catholic Study Bible New Testament available, they make a fine combination for everyday Bible study and prayer. More on the ISBNT in coming days.