Cambridge NASB Wide-Margin Reference Bible, Black Goatskin
Black Goatskin cover
2 ribbons and red under gold art gilt
Page size: 7 1/4″ x 9″ x 1 3/8″
8 pt. font with words of Christ in red
Cross references and Concordance
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The NASB Wide-Margin Reference Edition is based upon Cambridge’s new NASB Pitt Minion Reference Edition. The layout and pagination of the Old and New Testaments are identical, but here the Bible text is enlarged and offers the additional benefit of wide margins for note-making. The Bible is printed on slightly thicker paper for enhanced durability, and (like all Cambridge Bibles) is sewn for increased longevity and also to enable the Bible to open and stay flat.
This edition features red-letter text for the words of Christ, full cross-references, an extensive concordance, extra ruled pages for notes, and fifteen maps.
Read Review by Mark Bertrand.
- Bible paper
- 15 color maps
- Presentation page
- Two ribbon markers
- Red-letter text for the words of Christ
- Art-gilt page edges
- Head and tail bands
- Sewn binding
- Page dimensions: 7 1/4 x 9 x 1 3/8 inches (184 mm x 231 mm x 35 mm)
- Number of pages: 1,188
- Typography: 8 pt Lexicon
“Like trying to hold water in my hands … that’s what my first experience with the Cambridge Wide Margin Reference Bible was like. I expected the goatskin cover to be flexible, but this was ridiculous. Ridiculously good, that is. Wherever it wasn’t supported by my hand, this Bible gracefully plunged toward the floor, almost like it was wet. I half expected it to be dripping, but of course it wasn’t. That’s the illusion a fine, flexible binding can give….It was the best Cambridge binding I’ve ever witnessed, and one of the best Bibles I’ve ever handled, period.” ~ J. Mark Bertrand
13 reviews for Cambridge NASB Wide-Margin Reference Bible, Black Goatskin
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Chad Smith –
This is a WORKHORSE! In 2007 I purchased this and it was ok. Today I purchased another and WOW. Everything is squared away, it is a rugged piece of Goatskin and they have replaced the skimpy black ribbon markers with two thick bright red ribbons. Cambridge has upped their quality as the longest bible printer in existence. Royal Jongbloed prints and binds Cambridge bibles, and while I miss them being produced in Great Britain , Jongbloed has only gotten better over the past 15 years at their craft. If you are on the fence, hop off and buy one. When I think of a true wide margin I think of Cambridge.
Richard Boster (verified owner) –
First of all, what an absolute pleasure of an ordering experience. I had a quick concern prior to shipment which was immediately answered and my Bible arrived on time and in perfect condition.
Many others have already stated the obvious glorious features of this Bible: the paper, goatskin, construction, margins, etc. So, I’ll encourage you to look at those because my feelings are largely the same.
I will address the font size: It is on the smaller size, yes. But, my (almost) 37 year old eyes have no trouble at all reading the Biblical text or the footnotes. Can I see it being an issue in lower light situations or for those who may need reading glasses? Of course. But, the beauty of being able to create my own study bible and something I can pass to family as I begin my journey through seminary, as well as all the positives that far outweigh any negative I can see, gives this one 5 stars. And I can’t wait to grab a copy of the Quentel NASB in Slate once available as my daily driver, if anything because the customer service experience was so top-notch.
And thank you, Melissa, for the thank you note 🙂
cpgarrettiii (verified owner) –
I have a Cambridge Concord KJV so I wanted a Cambridge NASB red letter also. The Pitt Minion is was too small for my old eyes and the Clarion NASB was not red letter so it pretty much led me to this wide margin.
The text was approximately the same size as my Concord so, even though I wasn’t excited about the wide/note taking aspect I thought it would be fine once I got used to having the extra margin.
I purchased the Bible and Evangelicalbible was super fast on delivery (thanks Kathleen). But to my disappointment the Bible text is somewhat of a disappointment. While it is the same approximate size as the Concord it is a different font. My Concord uses a 8/9 pt Times Semi-bold 421 font and the wide margin NASB uses a 8/8 point Lexicon No. 1 font.
The wide margin also uses a grayish background (as opposed to the Semi-bold in the Concord) and the letters, even though the same size as the Concord, are somewhat ‘subdued’ and aren’t nearly as ‘bold’. That combined with the paragraph format of the verses makes it somewhat a uncomfortable to read.
If Cambridge had used their 8/9 pt Times Semi-bold 421 font I suspect it would have made it a much better read.
Also the paper in the wide margin, selected for note taking qualities, gives this Bible a less than “premium” feel. My Concord has more of a “premium” feel even though it was less expensive. But that’s just more of a preference on my part.
I thought about returning it but the only other Cambridge red letter NASB is the Pitt Minion which is just too small so I’m basically out of options (noting that the Schuyler NASB is black letter so that wasn’t an option.)
It’s a shame that a Bible in this price range has to be a compromise. But I am sure I will grow to love this Bible after I have used it for a while. It’s just the initial impression was a bit of a disappoint as it was not what I was expecting.
I wish Cambridge offered the NASB in the Concord line…that, in my opinion, would be the perfect format for this Bible.
codyjamessorenson (verified owner) –
This was my first premium Bible. The quality is unbelievable. Absolutely the highest quality Bible materials I’ve ever seen. Seems like it will last you a lifetime. The wide margins are convenient for note-taking and the text is easy to see for being 8pt.
I own a few premium Bibles, but this one is my “home base.” It is the best NASB you can buy in my opinion. My main issue with it, which has been pointed out, is the lack of margin space in the gutter. It is dual column, so the outer column gets more space than the column near the gutter. Interestingly, the gutter is more accessible in the hardback variety of this same Bible. The hardback seems to lay flatter. The paper is the same in the hardback, minus the red under gold art gilting. I wonder if the gutter in the goatskin will become more accessible over time. The font is around 7.5 but extremely readable; the cross-references are even smaller but still surprisingly readable. I have grown to love Schuyler’s implementation of cross-references, with them at the bottom and the verses being referenced being in bold red. So, if I could get that extra three-quarters inch in the gutter, with references implemented in the style of Shuyler, I would say this is a Bible that cannot be improved. Maybe a few more lined pages in the back. But this is by far one of the most beautiful, useful, readable Bibles you can buy. One last note, the NASB is currently undergoing an update, approximately for release near the end of 2018.
CL (verified owner) –
I wanted a quality wide margin NASB in black goatskin and only had one choice: the Cambridge Wide Margin Reference Bible. Enough has been said about the quality of this Bible. I can only ditto what has already been said. My only concern was the print size. I almost returned this Bible because I thought the print may be to small but after a week thinking about it I wrote my name in the Bible so I couldn’t return it and just started using it. I have a Crossway Omega Thinline Reference Bible with 10 point type but found myself going back to my Cambridge. It is smaller type but for some reason that I don’t know it is just plain readable. Especially the references. Don’t get me wrong on the Omega not being readable I just wanted to use it as a comparison as to how readable the Cambridge Bible is. At least for my 57 year old eyes. The Cambridge Wide Margin is my main Bible and I love it. Now I am in the process of transferring my notes into it which is taking time but I find the process is refreshing my mind on things I wrote several years ago. This Bible is a real treasure and I thank God for leading me to it and being able to live in a county where the Bible is readily available.
Kay M –
I have been looking for a reference Bible which has margins wide enough to write in, paper quality that is opaque enough to support that, but is not too thick, and has an easily readable font. This Bible has everything but the easily readable font. I would love this and use it constantly if it had a 9 or above font. Unfortunately, it sits on the bookshelf. The New Inductive Study Bible is too narrow which results it in being very thick and bulky – but the font is great. Isn’t there an excellent quality compromise out there?
Levi Gonzales –
One of my major dislikes with wide margin bibles is that they tend to be very thick and poorly executed. My wife owns Crossways legacy bible and even though the text is readable, the bible itself is very thick. Even the inductive study bible is far more thicker and very large text. I guess their is a time and a place in the hearts of some for those bible. But Cambridge, I feel, has done a fine job at taking the best of both worlds and improving upon it. The text is readable. The bible is not to thick and I enjoy how it is wider than most wide margins. The goat skin is amazing!!! A very well executed wide margin bible. My only complaint is that it is slightly difficult to write notes in the gutter pay off the bible. Because of the binding, the gutter is hard to write neatly into with out putting your hand in an uncomfortable position. other than that, I love the longer yapp and it is a great bible.
Bob Snyder –
So You Would Like to Compile Your Own Study Bible? A Review of the NASB Wide Margin Reference Bible, Black Edge-Lined Goatskin Leather, Red Letter Text Edition.
I like to keep a few of my Bibles unsullied and free of notation. With some high quality Bibles it seems wrong or sinful to make marks in them. It feels like an affront to the artistry and craftsmanship that goes into them. While other Bibles I own are marked up as if a child with a box of crayons were set free on them. I feel no shame in marking up my $30 Chinese made NASB Ultrathin. It is a good sturdy Bible, but obviously there are not aesthetics there demanding appreciation. So margin notes, underlining, and highlighting abounds.
The Cambridge Wide Margin is a strange Bible. It confounds my sensibilities. It is a fine Bible, but it demands that you use it like a workhorse. Moreover, the moment you start using it, you begin to appreciate the craftsmanship, as you never would have, without the resources predisposed for your notation. Besides the 1 5/16 outside margin, you have 32 pages of ruled note paper in the back, and blank index pages with alphabetical headings, so you can compile an index of your own as well. To have a wide margin Bible is one thing, all you need is wide margins, but to have a Bible that you can utilize to make your own study Bible is another.
When I took this Bible out of the box and first held it I was concerned that it was too wide. That was my first impression. I failed to take into consideration the purpose of this Bible. I put the Wide Margin next to my MacArthur Study Bible and was a bit shocked to see that it was only very slightly wider. This type of Bible is meant to be written in. Its natural habitat should be a well-lit desk or table. The type of work that is going to be needed to complete the endeavor the owner of this Bible has embarked on will take many several hour sessions of focused study and notation. I dont see that happening from ones easy chair. No, a task this daunting requires a quiet well lit sanctuary alone with Gods word. Picture a monk hunched over, with quill in hand, doing a scribes work by candle light in some cold stony abbey, or perhaps his modern counterpart the scholarly theologian, at some stuffy seminary quartered away in an office, in much the same fashion as the monk, only with better lighting, heating, and cooling. Well, that might be how you would see yourself using this Bible for its intended purpose if you were so bold.
Bold enough to actually put your thoughts down on this beautiful Bible paper. It is nice opaque and over 30 gsm. The quality of the paper will help to keep your notes from bleeding through the page. The color of the paper is off white making for a good contrast between it and the sharply printed text. The text is 8 point font in black and the words of Christ are in red. The red text is printed uniformly and sharply like the black. The text is arranged in a double column paragraph format with center column references. If the references werent there the outer margins could have been closer to two inches, giving you more room for your notes. As it is the references are useful. I think the only way you could do more with a Bible is if you purchased a loose leaf Bible. Most of us will probably opt for a wide margin instead.
In the front of the Wide Margin you will find a presentation page, an introduction to the translation, and table of contents. The Wide margin includes as previously mentioned 32 pages of ruled paper, a concordance, and a blank index section along with 15 color maps and map index in the back. The maps are in color and printed on a flat paper instead of a glossy paper. The glossy paper tends to crack and tear. It is better to have these features printed the way they are. There are two flat and wide ribbon markers in this Bible helping you keep your place. This is especially helpful considering the kind of work one would be doing with this Bible. The page edges are art gilded with red under gold. The front cover is imprinted with the words, Holy Bible in gold and the spine is imprinted with, Holy Bible at the top, New American Standard immediately under that, Wide Margin Edition in the middle, and Cambridge at the bottom. These are all printed in gold.
The cover on this edition is crafted from black goatskin leather. It has a natural grain that is soft to the touch and comfortable to hold. It is not slick and shiny like some less expensive covers made from pigskin leather. The inside cover is edge lined and sewn to the outer cover. The edge lined goatskin cover coupled with the fine smyth-sewn binding make this Bible very durable and supple. This Bible opens easily no matter where you start and lays flat fresh out of the box. If hold it in one hand you will find that it drapes over your hand. The Wide Margin is printed and bound by Jongbloed of the Netherlands. They are known for their craftsmanship in printing and binding fine Bibles.
As usual Cambridge has excelled in producing a high quality Bible that will set the standard for all other wide margin editions from other publishers. They have provided a target to aim for with their NASB Wide Margin in black goatskin leather. I have seen very few wide margin editions that come close to the Cambridge one. I hope that other publishers will rise to the challenge and start manufacturing their Bibles with the concept that it is Gods word and not solely a product to be carelessly mass produced.
Robin Vinovich (verified owner) –
If you are looking to invest your money in a quality Bible and you know that you want wide margins, NASB, goatskin leather, heavier Bible pages material then this is it. I have owned several “less expensive” Bibles over the years in Bonded leather and Hardback. They would last a while but through use and over time they would break down. Then I would have to go out and buy more or in 1 case, get one re-bound. If I would have made the investment years ago in this Bible, I would still have it with 25 yrs worth of notes in it and lots of memories. I have high-lighted and written in pen on the pages with no bleed through. Very soft & flexible leather with a nice grain in it. This is my first high-end quality Bible and am looking forward to many years of daily use, God providing. My only suggestion is I like thumb-index on page ends. Helps to locate different books in the Bible quicker if you’re preaching or teaching. But that’s me, I am 100% satisfied with my purchase.
Robert Richardson –
Received my NASB wide-margin yesterday……..very nice bible…….in fact, I’d say EXCELLENT!!……..even though the print in the KJV wide-margin that I received the day before seems slightly better, this is still an EXCELLENT bible!!
Sarah Reed –
This is wonderful. Mark Bertrand said it beautifully, but a few things are worth restating. The pages are wonderfully opaque- the best I’ve seen and I’ve even bought an Allan’s ESV 1(which is wonderful, by the way)… I really enjoy the feel of the goatskin cover. I don’t want to say, floppy” but limp graceful soft sweetness. Okay I might be getting carried away”
Farris M Betros Jr (verified owner) –
I really cannot add anything to what has already been written by Mark Bertrand. At this price and free shipping (thanks evangelicalbible.com) it is a priceless addition to my Bible library. This is a wonderful sit down and read/study bible”. The NASB has always been a favorite translation. The quality goatskin binding and paper enhance this attraction.”””