Cambridge KJV Clarion Reference Bible, Black Goatskin

Rated 4.91 out of 5 based on 11 customer ratings
(11 customer reviews)

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This is an entirely new setting of the Bible, published to coincide
with the 400th anniversary of the King James Version but intended to
become a staple of the Cambridge list for many years to come as a new
and distinctive format, across a range of versions. This particular
edition is the first new Cambridge KJV reference Bible for over half a
century and has been carefully designed for the modern era to meet an
increasing demand for a more accessible format and comfortable reading

It is typeset in Lexicon No.1, a digital font designed for easy
reading and with many similar characteristics to traditional hot-metal
Bible typefaces, thus marrying the best of the old and the new. The
print is black-letter throughout and the text is presented in paragraph
(rather than traditional chapter and verse) style and in a single-column
format. The notes and cross-references have been relocated to the outer
margin, leaving the text relatively free and unencumbered.

These Bibles include maps and–instead of a conventional concordance
and dictionary–a Reader’s Companion which offers the key elements of
those features in one place.

7.0625″ x 5.125″
Black Goatskin
Black letter

Additional information

Weight 3 lbs

11 reviews for Cambridge KJV Clarion Reference Bible, Black Goatskin

  1. Rated 4 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    A very nice Bible……very readable…..a very well executed Cambridge goatskin Bible……..I initially gave this Bible a five star rating but had to change to four stars in order to have some way to recognize that the best goatskin (synthetic-lined) from Cambridge is just not equal to the best goatskin (leather-lined) from Allan!!!! Don’t get me wrong, THIS IS A VERY NICE BIBLE!!!……but, it is not an Allan leather-lined goatskin!!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    I received the Cambridge KJV Clarion Reference in Goatskin from a friend the other day and I feel compelled to express my thoughts…

    If I only had one world that I could use to describe this Bible, that one word would be “PERFECT”!

    1st. The Goatskin cover is simply amazing! Everything that is true about the Cambridge Wide-Margin covers is true about this one; it is super flexible, limp and amazingly grainy. Honestly, in my opinion Allan’s goatskin offerings aren’t better, just different than that of Cambridge. You can take the Clarion cover, roll it up like a scroll only to have it roll back into place as if nothing ever happened.

    2nd. The layout, font choice and font size makes this KJV stand out in a crowd. Most KJV’s use an antiquated font, so the modern font makes everything feel fresh. Chances are that the passer by would mistakingly assume this Bible was something other than the KJV at first glance. The single column setting also aids in giving this KJV a “youthful makeover”. IMO, the size of the font is perfect for the size of the text block; it’s not too big and not too small.

    3rd. Cambridge hit a home-run with the dimensions of the Clarion. The Bible just feels perfect it your hand; it doesn’t matter if it is open or closed, it just feels right. I can hold it with with one hand without getting tired because of the size. Also, because the footprint is not huge, there is no need to hold up the page you are reading with what would have been your free hand. There is also no need to fold the cover over on it self in order to hold it with one hand (although you easily could). This Bible even works perfectly while one is sitting in bed and reading; it just does well in most any situation you find yourself in.

    4th. The paper is exactly the way it needs to be. With the primary purpose for this Bible is reading, the paper is not really thick. That is because this is not a wide-margin Bible made for taking notes (which should easily be noticed because of lack of margin space). Also, the paper being thinner helps to keep the size in check to give us those perfect dimensions. This begs the question of whats so great about the paper. Well, the paper is really white (which Cambridge is really good at doing) and the text is dark which causes the text to jump of the page.

    Conclusion: Cambridge did a wonderful job with this edition. It is no doubt the best Cambridge Bible I have ever owned, and in the discussion of being one of the best Bibles of all time. A must have in any persons Bible library.


    Be Encouraged:-)

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    I just opened my new Cambridge KJV Clarion in black goatskin. WOW!! This is an exquisite Bible. Perfect size for the hand. It has a soft cover with beautiful grain and lots of flexibility. It just folds over the hand perfectly. The text is very readable and the single column layout is amazing. This is a Bible you will have no problem reading for hours on end without eye strain. The two red ribbon markers are wider than cheaper Bibles and really pop against the black cover. This is by far the best KJV Bible I personally have ever owned. After seeing this Bible, I will be pre-ordering the ESV in the Clarion. Do yourself a favor. Get on of these!! And make sure you do it from Their price and service are excellent.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    I purchased this Bible almost a year ago and I must say the Clarion is superb all around. The binding is flawless, the goatskin leather feels like silk embracing your fingers and the single column format and font along with the line matching makes it a winner!
    Highly recommended plus it comes in different translations which is awesome.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    I was surprised at how compact this bible is! It is the perfect size for a personal companion and yet it reads splendidly. The typeset and the paper really set off the text and the goatskin is so soft and liquid I just keep feeling the need to pick it up. I don’t have a single complaint. I love it.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Absolutely spot on binding, printing, and text format with this bible. As reviewed above, it isn’t an Allan’s is the only take away from this edition. The size is perfect for hand held reading with a good balance thickness to length. Paper quality is excellent with only minor ghosting in areas of poetry. Be aware it is a readers bible and can be slow chasing the pastor around during service, but as a readers bible in KJV it is unparalleled in readability. Personally I worship and study
    from Allan’s Longprimer or Clarendon for reasons of following the pastor or writing notes, but the one I grab at home and sit and read is this fantastic Clarion.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    I just recieved my second Clarion. My first was a calfsplit that I gave away. The new one is goatskin. Words cant describe how good this bible is. I own a Longprimer, Schuyler Westminster, Concord, and Clarion. Of course the Clarion wont leave the house, but the other bibles take a back seat at homw when Im reading. The Clarion will cause you to get drowned into The Word! I HIGHLY recommend this bible. As far as covers are concerned…I like the goatskin (which has its advantages as far as the type of binding and cover edge line. But I wouldnt hesitate to recommend the calfsplit as well. It lays open a little more due to how the cover is attatched to the book block. If you are looking for a great bible to just sit back and read without distractions, then this bible is for you. I will also add that paragraph format was easy for me to adjust too. I will add this too. You can write in the Clarion. I have a blog on biblebuyingguide about it. The thin paper is tougher that most think.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    How to write this review is a challenging question. There’s so much I could say but I think I will just stick with what blew me away. First off, the goatskin cover. The cover is a work of art and strongly resembles the goatskin on the Pitt Minion. Flexible right out of the box, extremely soft to the touch and even rolls if you should so choose to do so. The edge lining is very well done and should last for generations to come. The art gilt is just perfect and the salmon color, gorgeous! The Readers Companion is something I wish all of my Bibles included. I really do prefer it to an standard dictionary and concordance. Having it all in one is awesome. My end pages had a couple “chews” on them, but for me they add character. I have a NKJV Clarion in brown calfskin, and though I love the calfskin edition, this goatskin took first place instantly! I own a lot (did I say A LOT?!?!?) of premium Bibles (Allan, Cambridge, LCBP, TBS, etc), but I must say without hesitation that this one is my absolute favorite! I highly recommend it!!!

    One Love…

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    This by far is the best paragraph Style Bible on Market.
    What makes it so fantastic is that as references as well.
    The quality is insurmountable goat Skin So Soft so supple the paper perfect opaque feel.
    It is the one I read from every night.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Well…first I received this on the 5th of April and am writing this on the 7th of April and I looked up reviews on youtube of this bible and to be honest I thought it wasn’t going to be as great as I thought it was when I had made the purchase and I WAS SO WRONG!!! VERY, VERY READABLE, thin paper and it helps focus on the word of God instead of worrying which verse I’m on!!! Another thing that drew to this bible were the references and lets not forget the beautiful ART GILT EDGES!!! VERY VERY PLEASED!!!

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    I love text block! and I wish Cambridge will make wide margin with thicker paper.

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