Cambridge ESV Topaz Reference Bible, Black Goatskin

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Produced in a larger format and designed to suit both private study and public reading, the new Cambridge Topaz edition is a two-colour reference Bible of the highest quality. The Topaz features a brand new design and, as a new Cambridge family, will be made available in multiple translations over time.

The sleek and contemporary design of the Topaz is carefully printed on the finest India-style paper and complemented with traditional binding techniques. Chapter and Verse numbers are printed in red to aid navigation.

Features include:

Black Goatskin with leather edge lined binding – exclusive pictures here.
Textblock: approximately 6″ x 9″ x 1-1/4″
PDF Sample of Matthew 
Smyth Sewn
Double column
Verse by Verse
Line matched
Modern, digital typeface
10 pt. font
Cross References in the outer margins
Translation notes at the bottom of the page
Red Letter for the words of Christ
28 GSM Indopaque paper
Art Gilt for both Goatskin and Calfskin editions
2 high quality ribbons
Presentation and Family Records Pages

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Weight 4 lbs

13 reviews for Cambridge ESV Topaz Reference Bible, Black Goatskin

  1. gleasonparker

    I only buy Cambridge premium bibles. Mostly for readability. Dark and bold fonts about 10 at least usually. I am considering Schuyler now that I found this page. Also Allan.

  2. drewmoorehead (verified owner)

    The best Bible that I own that I can compare this to is the ESV 80th Anniversary Omega Thinline from 2018. It is similar in size and shape, being every so slightly thicker.

    What’s beautiful about this Bible is it’s understated elegance. The goatskin cover, while a little stiff (at least at first), is magnificent. Having raised hubs on a Cambridge is somewhat rare but highly appreciated. In a perfect world, the words “Holy Bible” wouldn’t appear on the front and the words of Christ would be in black, but this Bible is so nice inside and out, I’m willing to put those personal preferences aside.

    Speaking of the inside, it’s fantastic. The paper is thin, but in a good way. It still retains a great deal of opaqueness regardless. The layout is where this Bible truly shines. As a pastor/preacher, I LOVE the VBV layout! The way the have colored the verse numbers in red (black when it’s the words of Christ) makes it so easy to find a verse at a glance. The font style and size is perfect for public reading (as well as private). The layout of the cross references also works really well for being non-intrusive and often leaves room for personal notes in the outer margins.

    If you’re a preacher, this Bible was made for you. If you’re not, this Bible is still strongly worth considering.

  3. Truck (verified owner)

    Very nicely made and designed Bible. Extraordinarily readable. You are drawn in to read it. The design of the references and notes gives ample room for a note here or there if you are one to note. In particular, there is enough room to add your own cross references where appropriate. Or a short note at the end of a verse, etc. It is not marketed as a wide margin Bible but on most pages there is a lot of room left over after the references stop.

    Downsides – large page size due to the typeface, a workable tradeoff in my view to get such a readable font and a reasonable page count (it’s barely thicker than a thinline Bible and yet packs such a readable font, a full study suite, etc). Red letter – would much, much, rather prefer black letter simply because in my study room the lighting causes red letters to nearly disappear. Cambridge red letter is the best I’ve used but still would have preferred this Bible in black letter. But I live with those tradeoffs. This Bible is the best I have used on the balance – readable translation, readable type, paper that can take a mark without a problem, no ghosting, good size, durable.

    I do not think goatskin is worth the price premium even though I bought mine in goatskin. It is nice there is no doubt but I think it is mostly vanity. Any Cambridge cover will last a long time (as evidenced by the many old Cambridge Bibles that fill used book stores and eBay that have held up splendidly). Had I to do it over again, I would have bought the calf split with no qualms.

    I do not have strong preferences with regards to translation – I use and love the KJV, ESV, NKJV, and at times others – but am quickly becoming “Cambridge Only” when it comes to publishers I prefer to buy Bibles from. All of their Bible layouts I’ve used are fantastic. They are expensive but you always pay more for quality.

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