Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Oxford NRSV (anglicized) Pocket Edition with Apocrypha in blue calfskin
Last week I mentioned my struggle with finding a reading Bible and alluded to a different Bible that I was now planning to use. Well, this is the one I was speaking about, and I couldn't be happier.
The Oxford NRSV (anglicized) Pocket Edition with Apocrypha in blue calfskin from 1998 is not an easy Bible to find these days. I was blessed that my friend Jason offered his edition to me, since it has been out of print for a while now. The edition that Oxford offers today does not come in the same cover material, although the page-layout is similar. Last year, I reviewed the original NRSV w/Apocrypha compact in black genuine leather from Oxford, which I claimed was one of my favorite editions. It remains so, but this one is much better. The leather on the '98 edition is calfskin, which has an amazing feel and look to it. This compact, in contrast to the older edition, also opens flat. The only thing I wish was included in this edition, but was included in the original, are the Oxford Bible maps. I have no idea why they wouldn't include them, particularly in a Bible bound in premium leather. Oh well, nothing ever is perfect. (By the way, the 3 brand new wine-red ribbons were added by its previous owner, which I am grateful for!)