Cambridge NASB Wide-Margin Reference Bible, Black Goatskin

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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.

Features include:

  • Bible paper
  • Cross-references
  • Concordance
  • 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

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Weight 5 lbs

12 reviews for Cambridge NASB Wide-Margin Reference Bible, Black Goatskin

  1. 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 🙂

  2. 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.

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