Monday, December 8, 2014
OUP's NRSV w/ Apocrypha (Genuine Leather)
Oxford University Press NRSV w/ Apocrypha in black genuine leather. Over at discountbible.com, it is currently available in both black and burgundy genuine leather for only $49.95.
This is a very nice reading Bible, which also has a lovely feel and look to it. The text is the standard NRSV, not the anglicised edition. The page-layout is very clean, without any paragraph headings. For a reading Bible like this, I think that is a good thing. There is, however, at the bottom of each page a short few words indicating the main event or message of that page. While the genuine leather is not exceptional, it is truly genuine leather and actually feels like it. The binding is sewn, which will provide a lifetime of reading, as well as making it a good candidate for having it rebound in a more premium leather if so desired. Some other highlights of this Bible are the two ribbon markers and gold edges, along with full-color Oxford Maps and generous ninety-six page concise concordance.
As usual, my only complaint with most NRSV editions is the complete lack of cross-references. This continues here and remains to be a major issue which plagues the NRSV. Someone will surely correct this at some point right? Maybe even in a Catholic edition? (Yes, I am aware of the Cambridge NRSV Reference Bible w/Apocrypha.)
A few weeks back a friend gifted me this same Bible, but in an early edition. That early edition, which dated to the time of the NRSV's first publication, is almost identical, minus the inclusion of the concise concordance. So, if this is a Bible you might like, I'd recommend you pick one up soon. It makes not only a fine reading Bible, but also a gift for Christmas. It also comes in a really nice box!