I received this over a week ago and am going to give one of my dine and dash reviews.
We’ll start from the outside and work our way in.
The cover is a nice, dark blue, faux leather that is pleasing to the touch, durable and nicely “floppy” for holding open and maneuvering through the chapters. The text is of a good, readable font and is large enough that an aging fuddy duddy as myself can read it without too much trouble. I have a pocket Douay-Rheims that I cannot read comfortably at all. This new one is of a perfect size and readability.
The books of the Bible are color-coded with planed tabs at the fore edge of their pages according to which type of book they are. So the Psalms and Proverbs, Songs, Ecclesiastes are not only next to each other in the overall book, but share the same color. Judges and Joshua are the same color (green). These colors also correspond with a timeline table in the Bible itself. Although some are not timeline-able like Genesis (except for the fact that it is first) and Proverbs and and others like it. But certainly other books of the Bible are timeline-able. I haven’t really got into that part of it yet, but the tabs are great, so far, for navigation.
There are some seventy key events highlighted through out the Bible, with brief descriptions or explanations, as sign posts of…well, key events. I did chuckle a little when number one was Creation. Yeah, thanks, that is a pretty important one!
The articles are pretty good as far as I have read them (which is only the first ones at the very beginning).
The good thing about the articles (so far) is their aim. It is not a modern, historical criticism dirge, but seeks to lay out salvation history in broad strokes, in periods. The articles also trace the covenants through time.
It is NOT a study Bible which I have become disillusioned with anyway. It is also not a commentary. There are only 19 articles in the whole thing and they are only about seven pages apiece. What is attempted is the over-arching story of salvation and the covenants. It focuses on the story. If you are looking for a Bible that helps you with Psalms, this is not it. But if that is what you are looking for, best to get a commentary.
Jesus’ words are in read in this one. I like that. The way the Bible is set, it is confusing if you do not have it memorized.
There are sixteen maps included. They are glossy and nicely done and are organized according to various points in Jewish history basically from Abraham to Rome.
I am finding it rather comfortable reading RSV-CE 2nd edition. I only read Catholic Bibles because only they have the correct number of books in it!
It is a little pricey – $60. But, if I had found it in a store even without all the extras, I probably still would have bought it.
Very pleased so far.