Posted by Dr. Timothy Gahles on 6th Feb 2017
Great Bible. Covers are beautiful. Text is small but really well done. Two tassels would be nice rather than one though.
Posted by Ken Avery on 28th Jun 2016
This Bible is complete with all of the bells and whistles needed to track the deviations from the ecclesiastic bible made by the Greek scholars of late; including, easy to read key annotations, center column references, translation to the readers and much more. Unfortunately, modern bibles, do not have the same attention to detail for dividing God's word; given, they are geared to quick answers by commentators cutting and pasting the same opinion over and over again that detract from diligent study of using scripture to interpret scripture.
In years past, families might only own a single book, the bible, depending on sophisticated apparatus and the advanced scholarship of the translation itself to guide them thru God's word. Even modern bible software products fall short of this mark, depending on elaborate word searches and original language dictionaries that obfuscate the ambiguities of the Greek and Hebrew copies, only adding confusion.
As far as I know, there is not a single modern bible software program that is geared to providing the information that can be obtained by glancing at a single verse of this bible.
From the Explanatory Key:
In the R.V columns:
- s denotes readings substituted in the RV for those in the AV
- A denotes and addition
- M " a marginal note, or alternative reading
In the AV text:
- O denotes the omission from the RV of the words marked.
- ! denotes the end of the portion of text altered or omitted.
- (cross) " that the words in italics which follow appear in roman type in the RV
- (paragraph symbol) is used, in the present work, to indicate the beginning of a new paragraph in the RV. Every Chapter commences with a fresh paragraph unless otherwise stated.
It takes a bit of learning and repetition to read the text and follow the meaning of the keys; though, with a little practice, it becomes second nature.
Being a collector of bibles and owning many, this bible is built to the highest of standards:
- The stitched cover is similar to Local Church Bible Publishers with the quality more consistent with a Jongbloed.
- The paper is impressively opaque at 40gsm
- The Smyth sewn binding is of the utmost in quality.
- The Red-under-gold art-gild edging is consistent with high end bibles, comparable to Cambridge.
- The hand size is perfect for reading and carry.
Negatives (no show stoppers; on the contrary, this is now one of my favorite bibles!):
- One ribbon marker
- The inside flap of the stitched cover slightly catches on the first page.
Compared to the Cambridge KJV/RV Interlinear, the Cambridge, at first is easier to read given the text is in line; though, the Cambridge is much larger and awkward to hold not lending itself to the advantages of the hand size Two Version bible. Also, the Cambridge is bias toward the RV, not including the most important AV translation to the readers; thus, relying on the RV authors only to give a second hand account of what is recorded by the AV translators and omitting the AV translators testimony on this very subject. Overall, the two version bible is geared more for the scholar; whereas, the Cambridge is simplified for the subscriber to the modern bibles to see the textual variations.
In another review the reviewer indicated that this bible is becoming their everyday reading and carrying bible; after a few days with this bible, I absolutely concur, this bible is of good size, quality and provides excellent apparatus for bible study. In small group bible studies, most people today do not use the ecclesiastical bibles, they prefer the modern bible made by the Greek scholars using only ambiguous Greek copies; thus, sometimes it is difficult to know when they are reading variations, contradictions and omissions from the ecclesiastical bible.
This bible packs in all the information in a hand size bible that is needed to follow along in bible studies and recognize variations that help in knowing where people are getting their differences in doctrine. Having the translators to the readers is a must have and should be studied by every student of the bible in order to understand the objections and thought processes of the translators, which texts they used and the texts they found to be in error.
God bless you and keep you,