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As a fan of this translation I, too, bought an edition of the Standard NRSV. And I, too, greatly admire the size of the font, the single column layout and the nice scrolling artwork that decorates the beginning of each book. But alas, to echo some of the previous comments, the bleed-through and ghosting was an extreme disappointment. I find myself wanting to use it in the worst possible way but every time I get it out and start reading it again, it (sadly) gets put back on the shelf. I really believe Harper has a potential winner here if they would fix this one problem. I have found a very nice edition of the NRSV from Abingdon Press(Classic Bible New Revised Standard Version) which has just recently hit the market. The cover is synthetic but has a nice soft suede feel to it, is a dark smoke gray in color with well done black artwork and Scripture text on the front cover, and has stitched panels on the front and back. The pages are thicker than the Standard NRSV with minimal bleed-through and has a sewn + glue binding. The only drawbacks are, it is personal-sized with scant room for notes, and it only has one ribbon. The layout is black letter, text-only, and is double column - which I don't really have a problem with, although I am increasingly becoming an admirer of the single column format thanks to Mark's influence on this site. The font is about a 9pt and dark ~ very readable even with my aging eyesight. It also comes with a few nice surprises like a Daily Bible reading Plan, among others. As a new seminary student (change in careers after 20 years of nursing) I'm beginning to carry this practical, little Bible with me more and more. This is a very simple, easy little edition to take to Church or Bible Study as it fits the hand nicely. If you are an NRSV fan, this one bears serious consideration. At least until Harper gives heed to our pleadings for this Standard NRSV to be mounted on thicker, better quality paper! Classic Bible New Revised Standard Version Abingdon Press ISBN-13: 9780687656837 Publication Date: Apr 2009 Blessings! Scott Wandering Friar
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Nov 27, 2009