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Crossway ESV Omega Thinline Reference Bible, Black Goatskin

Rated 4.97 out of 5 based on 32 customer ratings
(32 customer reviews)

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The ESV Omega Thinline Reference Bible is a special edition of the original ESV Large Print Thinline Reference Bible. As with Crossway’s other Heirloom Bibles, an elegant text layout is combined with the highest quality production materials available.

The Omega Thinline Reference Bible is printed in the Netherlands on high-quality European Bible paper and features art gilding, four ribbon markers, genuine spine hubs, and an extra-smooth sewn binding. Available in either a black or brown premium goatskin cover, the Omega Thinline Reference Bible is produced with the utmost integrity and in a format that will last for generations.

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Features:

Concordance
More than 80,000 cross-references
Premium goatskin cover
High-quality European Bible paper
10 pt. font
Black letter text
Art gilding
Four ribbon markers
Extra-smooth Smyth-sewn binding
Lifetime guarantee
Packaging: two-piece box

Additional information

Weight 3 lbs

32 reviews for Crossway ESV Omega Thinline Reference Bible, Black Goatskin

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    This is just a great Bible is so many ways. The cover is a thick deep grained goatskin with leather lining. It is semi-yapp and the binding is solid. It is a little tight off the bat, but should break in nicely. The Bible just feels solidly constructed in your hand. The layout is the best ESV layout you can get in a double column. The line matching, column width, nice font size and paper make it easy to read, study, or preach from. I have have used the Large Print Thinline in Top Grain since it came out. Sure, some might want nicer ribbons, but come on they are ribbons and they do the job adequately. There is just not much to not like about this Bible.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Well the Omega arrived today. I have to say I’m very happy with this one. Firstly, this does very much remind me of my Jongloed bound Allan NASB. It’s stiffer than a London bound Allan but has a nice natural grain to the goatskin. The size is something I have looked for for a while in a quality binding and the paper is very thin but surprisingly opaque. The line matching is awesome and print stands out nicely on very white pages. It’s so nice to recieve a preorder and not be totally disappointed. The only fault I can find is the ribbon choice but I did expect it and it wasn’t a deal breaker for me. Well done Crossway. This is a steal while supplies last guys.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    I love my Omega, Leather grain reminds me of the Schuyler Bible Grain, both bound by Jongbloed so no surprise. Like everyone else ribbon quality only issue, mine was fraying out of the box, put a match to it, fixed everything. You would think that detail would be better, that said hands down my new favorite. The Leather grain, leather lining, binding plus the inline printing and font size 10pt. on a thin-line is just Great. Love It.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    I love my Omega, Leather grain reminds me of the Schuyler Bible Grain, both bound by Jongbloed so no surprise. Like everyone else ribbon quality only issue, mine was fraying out of the box, put a match to it, fixed everything. You would think that detail would be better, that said hands down my new favorite. The Leather grain, leather lining, binding plus the inline printing and font size 10pt. on a thin-line is just Great. Love It.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    This is a wonderful, high quality Bible. The materials and construction are amazing – almost as good as an Allan. The form factor is a delight, and the font size, readability, column formatting, and overall feel is wonderful. The only ESV which I might prefer is my Allan Reader’s edition – which I notice is often out of print. This is just as readable, if not more so due to the outstanding column layout, but only lacks extra margin space for note taking. Also, there is nothing quite like the feel of a full yapp Allan but this comes mighty close. Thank you for such an excellent product.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    First off, I love the ESV Version!! Hand’s down is my first choice to read and study. I honestly didn’t know what to expect out of this Bible when I ordered it. I knew it was from Crossway so I didn’t expect the details to be covered like an Allan or a Cambridge… boy was I wrong! This thing is awesome!! Thanks evangelicalbible.com for offering us top of the line products! Highly recommend this one!

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    I just received this beautiful Bible. First the ESV text is easy to read. Second, the quality of the goatskin is amazing. It’s supple right out of the box. When I preach, I tend to be a Bible folder, and this one doesn’t fold as easily some others, but that’s fine.

    This will now be my preaching Bible, and I’m looking forward to years of service with this new friend.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    I was very pleased with my Crossway Omega. I admit that I had some reservations about paying so much for a Crossway, but those reservations were put to rest when I took this out of the box. The binding on this Crossway is first class. The print is easy to read, the font size accommodates my eyesight very nicely and the paper quality is outstanding. In my opinion, this compares quite favorably to an Allan Personal Reference ESV which I previously owned. This Crossway is a pleasure to hold and use. All in all, I would recommend this Bible highly.

  9. Rated 4 out of 5

    Very nicely done by Crossway. This is my first goatskin Bible and you can tell the difference from other bindings. The text is a readable font and I like the layout with text columns and references at the bottom right of each page. However, the references are fairly small and harder for my aging eyes to read. In addition, there is some ghosting, but less than many others I have seen. But those are the sacrifices of a thinline that is easy to carry around. I am very happy with my purchase.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    This Bible is a bargain at $157. I ordered an Allan ESV1, Cambridge Clarion, Pitt Minion, and Schuyler NKJV as well as this one in about at 3 month period. Of the premium Bibles, this one hits hard on the most areas. It is the thinnest of the premiums (except for the Pitt, which is a compact edition). It’s leather is thicker and more substantial than the Allan. Although, Schuyler has the most elegant goatskin, the Omega’s goatskin makes me confident to take it with me out and about. Also, I decided to get the Omega for my brother for his birthday after choosing between all I’d purchased. I wanted to get him one that is highly readable (large print, references tucked in bottom right, not center), easily portable, and premium to last a lifetime. The only things I would change about it are the spine print is too busy, I could have done with out a couple of the items they printed on the spine. Less is more, my opinion. And the ribbons are rather thin, the Allan ribbons are the best. However, ribbons are low on my list of what makes a Bible great to use. Once again…this is the thinnest and most practical of the premium Bibles I own. Even the Clarion having a small footprint is a bit thick and floppy with super thin pages rendering it not very portable. $157 is more than a fair price in my opinion. The Word of God deserves printings this premium.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Holy Cow. What a Bible. Honestly, the happiest I have ever been with a Bible purchase. Leather is near perfect for my tastes. It is a bit thicker than Allan’s normal leather, so it supports the text block very nicely. Makes it perfect for holding in your hand. But it is still super flexible. The thinness of this Bible is remarkable. It feels perfect. The text is just the right size. Does not make you feel like they tried to maximize every square mm but is still big enough for pulpit use. Moving the references to the corner is genius, and should be tried on other editions. Would love to see something the size of a pitt minion in this kind of format. Paper is very good for a Bible this thin. Remarkable in fact. The thinness does have the trade-off of a large footprint, but it is worth it. Ribbons are not the best, but that is being nit picky on what is an otherwise flawless Bible.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Crossway Omega Goatskin Thin line Reference – Limited edition
    Crossway Publishing Company of Wheaton, Illinois and EvangelicalBible.com teamed up to design and develop the ESV Omega Reference bible in celebration of Crossway’s 75th Anniversary. They used Crossway’s recently released Large Print Thin line Reference bible as its base. This newly designed text block removed the potential distraction references that are usually placed between the two columns to the bottom of each page. Even though the text block measures 9.0 x 6.0 inch text block, the bible seems wider because the placement of the reference.
    Once Crossway decided on the text block, they went to world renowned Jongboed of the Netherlands to print and bind this limited edition reference bible using premium materials. Jongboed has been the secret behind the outstanding Cambridge bibles over the past several years. They decided to use a goatskin leather cover with leather linings, a high quality Bible paper, Smyth Sewn binding, Overcast Stitching and a black print text (not a red letter edition). Using all these premium ingredients, Jongboed produced the gorgeous ESV Omega bible. I was stunned when I opened the box. I starred at disbelief. I was convinced that only R.L. Allan could produce a bible with this type of quality, However, I was mistaken Jongboed of the Netherlands is serving notice to all of the bible lovers that it can produce a premium bible and that they have close gap a bit between them and R. L. Allan. After using the bible a long side my Allan ESV reader for a day or two and I did discover one short coming but nothing that could not be corrected. The ribbons are thin and uneven; I replaced them with two cardinal red statin 3/8 inch ones (to match the red and yellow head & tail bands) this now makes the Omega to look like an Allan at first glance.
    Exterior:
    The goatskin leather is smoother thicker and a bit stiffer than the Highland Goatskin on my Allan ESV Reader, however, it about the same thickness as my Allan NASB Reader. The goatskin looks very similar to my Cambridge goatskins bibles with a wider yapp.
    Interior:
    The paper is high quality Bible paper with reddish/brown under gold art gilt edging (not as deep red as Allan’s edging). The art gilt edging matches my Cambridge bibles. The 10 point font is thin but easy for my 40 year old plus eyes. The Line Matching limits ghosting (bleed though), and is great for underlining or highlighting.
    Overall:
    Crossway ESV Omega Reference is a great value at $157.00 and ranks second only to the Allan ESV Reader. I would describe this as an “upgraded” Cambridge bible with leather lining. The Omega bible is a beautifully hand crafted portable bible that has become one of my favorites. I gave the Omega bible a 5 star rating once I replaced the ribbons.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    I ordered my bible on Wednesday and received it on Saturday. That is fast service! The bible is beautiful, with smooth white paper, nice print (although the references are very small). The leather is supple. I was surprised at how compact and light this bible was compared to an NIV Cambridge goatskin that I own. This is a bible you can use for a lifetime.

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    I’ve had my Omega for a couple of months now and it has become by far, my favorite bible. I was initially drawn to purchase it as I felt the price point would make it a great everyday bible that I wouldn’t care about getting a little beat up. But that thought changed as soon as I opened it. The price makes it the best deal out there on a high end bible as it equals the quality of any other brand out there. It is an exceptionally well produced product and i am hopeful that this would lead to Crossway making a larger offering in the high end bible market. This is a bible that I truly enjoy and am more and more impressed with every-time I read through it. I own many Cambridge and several Allan bibles and the Omega is certainly in like company with them. I’d add a 6th star as possible!

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Bible was extremely well made. Text is clear and just about the right sized font. The pages were larger than I had anticipated and the Bible was thinner than I anticipated. I like a slightly smaller page and thicker paper to minimize bleed through. However this Bibles bleed through was typical of all the Bibles I’m familiar with. The Bible is a 75 year anniversary edition. Am torn between using for reading or keeping as a collector edition. Also has almost a full yap cover of excellent goatskin leather typical of the Schuyler covers. The cover also has a sown edge which should be standard on all high quality Bibles. The only real negative is the small reference and concordance print. The edge printing was a little cluttered with ESV symbol, English Standard version and Crossway name and 4 squares on bottom. Still an excellent high quality Bible. Bible well worth the cost.

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    I received my ESV Omega Goatskin edition in record time (to Australia). This is a superb binding. The cover is soft and melts in the hand. The paper stock is so thin that the book feels like jello to hold — stunning… yet notes with a suitable marker to not bleed through. There’s little ghosting so it’s hardly noticeable. The printing is crisp and clear — readable and legible. The shade of red-under-gold page edging is a soft shade, almost red-orange. Schuyler did an amazing job on the production of this Crossway Bible.
    THANK YOU EVANGELICAL BIBLE.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    A+! This is one of the best all-around Bibles I’ve handled (and I’ve handled many goatskin Bibles including a couple Cambridges, a Schuyler, and a handful of Allans). A unique format for a two-column reference Bible and a very readable one as well. See my more extensive review here: http://writness.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/esv-omega-thinline-reference-bible-wow/

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    This a finely-crafted Bible. Feels great in your hands. I was used to calfskin, so at first I thought the goatskin was going to be too stiff. But it is actually very soft and malleable. I believe it is a bit thicker than some other goatskin covers I’ve felt, but that gives greater support to the thinline format. The readability is wonderful with a 10.5 font, and I think the presentation on the page is beautiful (i.e. no center column references). Line matching makes any ghosting a non-issue. This is a personal preference thing, but I like the art gilt edges on the Omega better than some of the Allans that I’ve seen. It’s not as dark of a red, so I feel it has a more subtle effect that looks really nice when the Bible is laying open. The only negative I’ve experienced with the Omega is that the references at the end of each page are printed in font that is very small and very light, making them difficult to use. Also, as others have mentioned, I wish the ribbons were a bit more substantial. Other than those things, I’m loving this Bible for reading, study, and preaching. Very nice!

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Just wanted to take a moment to give my thoughts on this excellent Bible. First it is an absolute joy to read from. The font size is just right and the paper is nice. The line matching gives the already opaque page an even cleaner feel. Anotherattribute that contributes to the clean feel of the page would be the references placed on the bottom right of the text on each page as opposed to the center column.Love reading from this Bible. Second the build quality is nice. It seems a little tight at first but I can already tell it is breaking in the more I use it. Nest the goatskin leather is very nice. I’ve owned Allans and a Schulyer and this leather seems every bit as nice. I might add that the leather on my Crossway is thicker than on my Allan,giving it a slightly more luxurious feel. Having said that, this is my go to Bible. The only things I wish were different would be fatter nicer ribbons. The ribbons are long which is nice,but just not wide and silky like Allan Bibles. Also,(probably being spoiled here), I would love to ditch the presentation pages and add lined note paper in the back. Still a 5 out of 5 Bible. Thanks for the great deal Evangelicalbible and thanks for a beautiful Bible,Crossway! This is my go to Bible!

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    This has now become my go to bible for personal study and devotion! From the way that this bible lays virtually flat to the smell of the leather it is an absolute joy to hold in your hands. You know that you have a high end bible at a fraction of the price! My favorite feature of this bible is the text matching which makes it very nice to read with minimal ghosting. My second favorite feature is the soft supple goatskin cover. If you like high end bibles, but the price scares you a little then I suggest picking up the Crossway Omega Thinline!!

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    I just got a second Crossway Omega. After using the first one I got another to not use but keep new. This Bible is the best ESV on the market. The Schuyler design and cover are awesome. Has very good print. Paper is typical Bible paper. Rather on the thin side but no more than any other Bibles. The thin Bible paper in Bibles drives me nuts. Come on get real Bible manufacturers put real paper in Bibles. The only Bible I know that has thick paper is the Schuyler Quentel NASB Bible. It is awesome. For the price of this Omega Bible you get a fully custom Bible with Schuyler and Allan quality. Better buy while you can. I don’t think they will last long. Maybe I’ll get another to give to someone. I am also waiting for the new Schuyler ESV Quentel due out towards end of year. It will be pretty thick also but about 10 percent less thickness as the NASB Quentel.

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    This is the most beautiful ESV that i have purchased.(i have four) It is so nice i actually feel like reading the Bible more. The edges are beautifully lined and the printing is clear and sharp. I was so tempted to buy a second one. It would be nice to have a customised case to protect it. I am really impressed with this product. The feel of the leather is very soft but firm enough.

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    This is a fabulous Bible, received in record time, ordered on Wednesday afternoon and receive Friday morning. It is the perfect size, good for carrying around and also good for personal study. The goatskin is immaculate as usual, very flexible and soft. The cross references are put at the bottom right side of the page which makes for a much easier reading. This is the best Bible I have owned. I have ordered many Bibles from evangelical.com, and have never had to return one for any reason.

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    This is the most nicest Bible that I have ever purchased. It arrived within 5 days of ordering. As soon as I opened the box, the smell of the leather was incredible. The leather is very soft, with a beautiful, deep grain. It feels so good in my hands that I just keep picking it up. In my opinion, the text is perfect, not too big, but certainly not small. The line-matching is extremely well done, and there is very minimal ghosting. I haven’t been able to afford to purchase an Allan, but from what I can see, Crossway has done an amazing job with the Omega. The only issue that I have with this particular Bible, is that I don’t know if I can bring myself to highlight or underling passages in it. It is almost too beautiful. It is a very nice size to carry to church, and too read at home, but I would think twice before stuffing it in a briefcase or backpack for travel, at least not without a proper case. If you decide to purchase the Omega, I don’t believe you will be at all disappointed. Especially at this price. It’s not inexpensive by any means, but it is well worth the money.

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    I just received my new Omega ESV and all I can say is, “wow.” As others have mentioned, this looks like an Allan Bible. I’ve owned an Allan, and I like this better because it does not feel as flimsy. It’s got just the right amount of stiffness to it. The font size is excellent. The yapp is just right, not to much of an overhang. Paper quality is fantastic, especially for a thinline Bible, should not have any issue with getting worn and potentially tearing as this ages. This looks like a workhorse Bible and will be my go to Bible from now on. At $157 (black), it’s a great buy compared to the price of an Allan. It should last forever. As always EV’s service is top notch, arrived in just 4 mailing days, media mail said 4-8 days. Thank you!!

  26. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    This is a wonderful edition of Crossway’s ESV. What I love most about it is its handy size and weight (not so large!) and its 10 pt. print size, along with the leather lined goatskin cover. I also like the double column format with the references and footnotes at the bottom instead of in a center column. The width of each text column is therefore good for readability. (I also like single column format IF the line length/word count is not too long.)

    I also love the perimeter stitching, extra yapp, and the softer, almost coppery shade of the art gilt. The four different colored ribbons–black, brown, coppery brown, cream–are also a very nice accent despite their narrowness. The paper is good, and as always, line matching greatly helps with ghosting. Ideally, my older eyes would like slightly bolder printing, but that’s their problem.

    I love the natural grain on this goatskin. It has some longer grain lines than my uniformly pebble-grained Allan and Schuylers do and is just as flexible. The finish does not seem quite as smooth, or maybe seems a bit more matte? This may simply be that it’s a little different, and isn’t a bad thing.

    The particular copy I received is not 100% perfect, however. The gilt line has one spot that’s a little too light, and the inside leather lining feels a bit thinner just below that spot. I think this is probably a tiny fluke that applies only to my copy. The outside cover looks and feels perfect. I’m not about to reject it over this, nor deduct a star. For the sale price I paid this is a superb product.

    The Omega is a premium quality work and, all things considered, ranks right up there in Schuyler and Allan territory. The Omega is also significantly less expensive and is a great value.

    A bit about the translation choice, of which I’ve grown fond–
    The ESV is one of the more literal translations, along with these others that I enjoy using and comparing: NKJV, NASB, KJV.

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    I just received my Crossway Omega Goatskin Thinline Reference Bible in the mail for the 2nd time!! I say the 2nd time, because once in awhile there are some small defects that can always be expected when mass producing. But my worries were put to rest when the crew at Evangelical Bible was so kind as to replace it and get the 2nd copy to me on the short notice that I needed it by. I’ve bought 6-8 Bibles over the yrs. from Evangelical and I can’t say enough about there service. They also deserve a five star rating. If you have an issue with these people believe me it’s YOU not them. They will go out of there way to make sure there isn’t one for you!!
    Now on to the Bible.
    The ESV is a new version for me. I am more of a traditionalist. NKJV, NASB. I like the NLT but it’s a thought for thought translation. The ESV is a good modern literal translation. Once I felt the translation was a good one, I knew where to go to get a well made version of it. The Omega Thinline is a wonderfully crafted Bible. It’s print is not to small, or to large. crisp and not blurred or fuzzy. The Leather is outstanding. I love Goatskin leather. This one is not to stiff or to buttery. It sits right in the middle. Flexible, but still a bit firm. If you like the thinline Bible style, you will like this one for those reasons. It’s line matched from page to page and zero bleed threw. If I had to give any critique to it they are minor.
    1st: The ribbons are very cheap. Not sure why?? This is not a knock against Crossway. Just about every expensive Bible I’ve bought have the same cheap ribbons!! I’ve become somewhat of an expert at replacing them with good ones. Cost about 30 cents per Bible. 2nd: The spine is too busy with advertisement. There are five things on the spine. 1.) Holy Bible 2.) ESV 3.) ESV logo 4.) English Standard Edition 5.) Crossway. Even writing it seems a bit much. I don’t want to discourage you on these points from buying it. There minor, but their legit. If I had the choice of buying all over again after seeing and having it in my hands I would. I will have many hours of enjoyment with it.

  28. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Wow! What a fantastic Bible! Beautiful in every way. The text is clear and readable and beautifully set. The cover is outstanding, and the paper is like touching silk. This is going to be one of my two “go to” Bibles and will travel everywhere with me. The service at Evangelical Bible was, as always, superlative!

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    WOW! This Bible is better than I could have imagined! It combines portability (9.75″ tall x 6.5″ wide x just over 1″ thick) with a generous 10pt font–making it a perfect personal Bible, preaching Bible or teaching Bible. Not only is the size of the Bible and size of the font two huge points in it’s favor, the craftsmanship has been executed flawlessly. The black goatskin feels and smells very nice. The Bible lays flat out of the box–it does start out somewhat stiff due to it’s thinness, but breaks in quite easily. The paper is extremely smooth, highly readable (due to line-matching which eliminates almost all bleed through or ghosting) and almost has a “cream” color tinge to it. I also appreciate the four ribbon markers and red under gold art gilding. The double column layout typically performs poorly in the poetry section, but compared to most double column formats out there, the Omega Thinline Reference created a double column format that is more than satisfactory in the poetry sections.

    This will be my “Bible for every use” Bible. Personal reading, teaching, and/or preaching.

    I HIGHLY recommend giving this a try, especially with the great price from EvangelicalBible.com!

  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    If I could give evangelicalbible.com more than 5 stars, I would. Their customer service is the best I have ever experienced. I doubt I will ever buy a Bible anywhere else again.

    As far as this beautiful, goatskin, Omega Bible I am thrilled with it’s quality. The line matching is excellent; the pages are vibrant; and the flexibility is fantastic. I think this is the perfect size for preaching for my tastes, and I am looking forward to many years to come with this in the pulpit.

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    I have the original edition, and it’s a great ESV Bible with larger print. The quality isn’t quite as nice as a Schuyler, but the price is lower. My rating is based on quality for the price. Compared to a Schuyler and disregarding the price difference, I’d rate this edition as four stars. Nothing wrong with it at all, just not quite as luxurious.

  32. Rated 5 out of 5

    I know that not too many people are aware of the premium Bible market. For those that are, they appreciate the natural hide, edge lined covers, sewn bindings, premium papers, and aesthetics. The price can be the main prohibitive factor for someone seeking to buy their first premium Bible. The Bibles in the premium category usually start out at $150 to $250 price range. The suggested retail price of this Bible is $250. This Bible can be purchased for the dramatically discounted price of $169.99 and from evangelicalbible for even less at $149.99 Just let that sink in. You can get one of the best quality, best translations, from Crossway printed and bound by Jongbloed, the premiere Bible bindery for the price of a concert ticket.
    In the world of premium Bibles there isn’t much room for error or variance. If you want to publish a premium Bible, you go to Jongbloed of the Netherlands. When Crossway wanted to publish the Omega, they didn’t skimp. They also went to Jongbloed. There are numerous reasons why publishers utilize them for their premium editions. Paper choices, cover choices, binding methods, printing equipment and methods, overall professionalism and standards, you get the idea. Cambridge, Schuyler, Allan, all have made use of Jongbloed for their top notch Bibles. The E.S.V. Omega Reference Bible in black, edge lined goatskin leather, is one of the best Bibles available today. It belongs in the premium Bible category.

    I could go on and on about the great qualities of this edition, but instead I think it would be better if I just show you. Without further delay, some high resolution pictures with comments.

    The Omega was shipped from Crossway in a white box. It arrived undamaged.

    Inside the shipping package, was the Bible in it’s black, two piece, presentation box. Retain it for storage. The Omega is too flexible as an edge lined Bible for you to stand it on a bookshelf without a box.
    Inside the presentation box, the Omega is wrapped in two bands of paper to protect the page edges and keep it from shifting around during shipping.

    The black goatskin cover is perimeter stitched to the inner liner. It has a pleasing natural grain, and is very supple.
    The inner cover/liner is also leather. It has a gold perimeter line and the corners are finished well. The hinge will take a bit to break in, but once you do it will last a long time.

    The spine is smyth sewn and very flexible. You can see the signatures bend around it rather than the pages bending around a glued spine. This is a, “must have” feature for a Bible. They should all have sewn spines. I wouldn’t even purchase a value line Bible without a sewn spine unless I had to. The sewn spine is a major factor in how long the Bible will last and how well it will open and lay flat.

    As you can see from the pictures, the cover is supple and has a lovely textured grain to it. It is a pleasure to hold. The light weight and dimensions of the Omega equate to hours of easy reading, as well as long evenings of deep study.

    The corners of the cover are very well executed as are the corners of the text block. They have been rounded, as well as the spine. The page edges are beautifully art gilt. Also, take note of the use of four ribbon markers. That is almost unheard of. I know it is the first time I have heard of it, and I like it. The color of the ribbons is complimentary to the cover, and each other. I am actually using all four of them. I use one for my Old Testament reading, one for the proverbs and devotional reading, one for my New Testament reading, and one to mark where I am at in my study with a couple of my brothers in Christ.

    The gold and brown head and tail bands match the ribbons and inner liner.

    The spine is decorated with four raised hubs. It has, “Holy Bible” at the head, the ESV logo, “English Standard Version” above the foot, where the Crossway logo sits, all hot stamped into the goatskin leather.

    The text block is joined to the cover like all edge lined Bibles, by gluing the leather tab from the inner liner to the block and then covering it with a vinyl coated card paper. This one is glued further up the paper to make it more durable.

    At the front you’ll find a presentation page and some family records pages.

    The Omega Heirloom Bible employs a 28gsm PDL paper that has a opacity rating of 79. The Omega uses a 10-pt. Lexicon font for the main text.

    With one page singled out and help up with light showing through from behind you can see how well the line matching was used. It is exceedingly effective in reducing eye strain, and making this Bible a pleasure to read. This coupled with the high quality print job that Jongbloed did makes this a most legible Bible.

    It is a double column, paragraph format layout with drop cap style numbers for the chapters. The book titles appear at the top of the first page of each book. Page numbers are placed at the top and justified to the center of the head. The text is some of the boldest I’ve seen and is very sharp. It contrasts well against the paper and also is a tremendous feature making the Omega a great Bible.

    To make space for the text, the cross references and notes are printed at the bottom of the page. This layout is becoming more and more popular because of its effect on text real estate on the page.

    For you note takers who dare to write in such a lovely Bible 🙂 there is about a half inch margin available. I don’t see much note taking going on here, but if you must…

    As you’ve come to expect on premium Bibles, the page edges are art gilt with red under gold.

    There is a useful 41 page, 3 column concordance in the back of the Omega. Make sure to take advantage of it. It can be a helpful tool.

    I think you’ll be very happy should you decide to purchase an Omega Reference Bible from Crossway. I don’t think there are very many Bibles out there that are any better. It is one of the best. This Bible would make an excellent gift to a person graduating from seminary, a Preacher in your Church, or anyone who enjoys well built Bibles.

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