Cambridge ESV Wide-Margin Reference Bible, Black Goatskin, RED Letter

(11 customer reviews)



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SKU: 9780521708166; RED Letter


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This edition (red letter) offers a selection of tools for personal study in a Bible that is characteristic of Cambridge’s quality range of wide-margin styles. As in other Bible versions, the ESV Wide-Margin Reference Edition contains an attractive page layout with wide margins, complemented by a concordance, maps, and extra ruled pages for notes.

It is printed on carefully chosen Bible paper, slightly thicker than normal to allow for handwritten notes. Like all Cambridge Bibles, this edition is Smyth-sewn for long life, and its pages lie flat when the book is open. There is a choice of black- and red-letter styles, all bound to the highest standards, in a choice of covers and price points. The goatskin Bibles are superb examples of craftsmanship: the pages have art-gilt (red-under-gold) edges, and the covers are made from top-grain leather and edge lined, giving them an exceptionally flexible feel.


The layout and pagination are the same as the ESV Pitt Minion Reference Edition, making them an ideal combination for study and ministry.

Page size: 7.25″ x 9″ (184 mm x 231 mm)

Number of pages: 1,152

Typeface: 8.2 point

Formats: Goatskin

Additional information

Weight 5 lbs

11 reviews for Cambridge ESV Wide-Margin Reference Bible, Black Goatskin, RED Letter

  1. Eric James (verified owner)

    This is a beautiful Bible in almost every way.

    The floppiness of the cover and flexibility of the binding combined with the extra width make for a unique aesthetic experience.

    The paper is very opaque and perfect for writing. Yet somehow, Cambridge is able to achieve a thinness that most other wide-margin Bibles do not. Quite a feat.

    The goatskin cover is a perfect balance between being soft and supple, yet deep-grained and durable.

    The typeface is clear, legible, and easy to read.

    This Bible also smells wonderful. I’m not sure if it’s the paper, the goatskin, or a combination thereof, but it’s a delight.

    The reason I’m giving it 3 stars, however, is due to the fact that the red-letter text is significantly misaligned with the black-letter text. I don’t care for red-letter Bibles to begin with, because I find the color distracting, but this exacerbates that effect dramatically. The red-letter text is about half a line lower than the black, and in some cases the letters even touch the line below.

    I emailed Cambridge about this, and they indicated that “this imperfect alignment is a characteristic of the printing process. This is generic and will not vary from book to book by much so a replacement, in this case, would likely have the same characteristics.” In other words, it’s considered normal.

    Perhaps my standard as to what constitutes normal and acceptable on a $200 Bible is too high, but given that far less expensive Bibles do not suffer from this issue, I find this answer from Cambridge disappointing.

    Interestingly, my wife has a Cambridge Wide Margin ESV in the 2011 printing, purchased in 2016, and this effect is far less pronounced in hers.

    I hope Cambridge will work with Jongbloed to rectify this in future editions.

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