Thursday, June 28, 2012
Retro Review: NRSV Go-Anywhere Bible Catholic Edition
I really do appreciate HarperOne's imagination in producing this Bible. It is, for those of you who are unaware, the NRSV Go-Anywhere Bible Catholic Edition, which was published back in 2007. It was, for me, the first edition of the NRSV that I actually purchased and read. Up until that point, I had stayed away from the NRSV due to the perceived inaccuracies of the translation due its use of inclusive language. (Since then, I have come to greatly appreciate the NRSV and its more than helpful textual notes.)
What is most unique about this particular edition is its dimensions: 8.6 x 6.6 x 1.2 inches. It is a very slender, portable Bible, but one where the text is not cramped like most compact ones. Some, like myself, have liked the extra length in this edition, while others have not. Included with the Sacred text is a helpful concordance, but that is about it. (The typical issues that plague most of HarperOne's releases, lack of cross-references and too thin paper, is also present in this NRSV.)
However, with that said, the binding is sewn and the Italian Nu-Tone cover is quite soft and has lasted for almost five years with no issues. Also, unlike the most recent NABRE imitation leather release from HarperOne, this edition does come with a ribbon marker! All in all, it is certainly a unique Bible, one that will be appreciated by only a handful of people, depending on their taste for strangely shaped Bibles!