Cambridge ESV Clarion Reference Bible, Black Goatskin Leather

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Page size: 5-1/8″ x 7-1/16″ (131 mm x 180 mm)

2,080 pages

Cambridge has created an entirely new setting of the English Standard Version that will be a delight to read and to handle. Cambridge Clarion Reference Editions present the text in a single column and place the cross references in the outer margin. The font size is just under 9 point with generous line spacing. They are typeset in Lexicon No.1, a modern digital font that has a degree of readability associated with much larger type. The Bibles have 15 color maps and a concordance. These are Bibles of the highest quality, printed on India paper and Smyth-sewn for flexibility and endurance. They are offered in a range of superior binding styles: calf split leather, top-grain calfskin, and edge-lined goatskin.


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Weight 3 lbs
Dimensions 5.125 × 7.0625 × 2 in

34 reviews for Cambridge ESV Clarion Reference Bible, Black Goatskin Leather

  1. Susann Irwin (verified owner)

    Awesome Bible. Easy to read, feels great in your hand and just the right size for church or Bible study. You can’t go wrong with this Bible.

  2. Walter Taylor (verified owner)

    Wonderful edition of the ESV, and it has quickly become my favorite. The print is ample large, the size of the Bible is wieldy, even wonderful for traveling. I am someone who finds bleed-through a real bother with many Bibles, but Cambridge has done a very good job on this (or should I say Jongbloed, the printers in the Netherlands?!). If you do not want to pay the price for the goatskin, the calfsplit leather is very well made as well.

  3. Judyth Hakala (verified owner)

    I would like to add my praises to the others here. I’ve been looking for a single-column ESV that was usable for me and this is it. (The Crossway Legacy proved to be too large and heavy and the PSR’s font is just too small for extended reading, at least for my eyes!) This Bible feels great in the hand and is easy to manage, largely due to the very flexible binding. The goatskin is not at all like the goatskin on my Cambridge NLT Pitt Minion, which is quite stiff. Also, the ribbons were nicer than on the Pitt, though not quite Allan quality. The paper IS very thin and has a tendency to curl which is the only downside for me, but, my no means a show stopper. I have quite a number of premium quality Bibles and this seems to be the best balance between size and readability. I am very pleased!

  4. Caleb Kelly (verified owner)

    I have to give it to Cambridge, this is a superb \”all-rounder\”. Excellent print. Excellent binding. Not flashy, but people will take notice that this is a practical and aesthetically complete edition. Nearly a category to itself.

  5. alan gibble (verified owner)

    It was this or an Allan PSR Bible. Allan would be the hands down choice in a smaller SCR Bible except the 7.5 font is a definite deal breaker for aging eyes.
    So first the negatives about the Clarion:
    1. The ribbons are cheap, to say the least. Almost wrapping paper quality.
    2. The lack of any real yapp is a downside, but outweighs the negative of Allan\’s smaller font in the type of a Bible.
    3. The art guilded edges are not up to Allan quality, but not shabby either.
    And the positives:
    1. The size is just about right, easy to carry, fits well in the hand and sits well on the lap.
    2. The 9.0 (yeah, that is about what it really is) font in this size Bible is a huge plus, easy to read, plenty of leading, and the paragraph style, while perhaps a downside for public teaching, is great for daily reading. This Bible, as others have noted, really does read bigger than the advertised font size.
    The line matching (except for one or two pages around Revelation 3, take note you fussy complainers) overcomes the thiness of the paper. Note: if the paper were any thicker, the Bible would be 2\” instead of 1.5+\” thick.
    3. The goatskin leather is incredibly soft, lays flat, is leather lined, and feels great.
    4. I\’m not really a fan of the Moody/Beitzel maps in a Bible (eg, Allan\’s ESV SCR), and that is what we have here. But the finish on them is sooo much better, and there are about 5 additional maps (Assyrian, Babylonion, Persian and Greek empires, 1 showing the extension of Christianity to the 2nd century, and one of modern Palestine), that Cambridge has really raised the bar here. That along with an excellent map index.
    No one Bible does it all. That said, for this category, this one nearly does. A great Bible.

  6. David Doyle (verified owner)

    This is a fantastic Bible. First off, it is very readable. My 58 year old eyes find the font sharp and large enough. The single column feels good too.
    Secondly, The binding is great with leather soft enough to rival any Bible. I really like the size and feel in my hands.
    I’m sure this has become my go to Bible.

  7. Todd Gwennap (verified owner)

    This is the perfect edition of the Bible, in my opinion. The leather binding is beautiful and sturdy, and yet the Bible lays flat in Genesis and Revelation as soon as it comes out of the box. The text setting itself is extremely legible, and the single-column format is easy on the eyes. Unlike some other single-column settings, it reads as easily as a trade paperback. There is no sense of having too many words per line. Add to that the black letter text, and I am one extremely happy camper.

  8. Mike Smith

    I am very pleased with this Bible: the print is wonderful, the size is very close to my first Bible RSV in 1963, the ghosting is minimal even in the Psalms. The leather edition is very fine and soft.

  9. Kelley Buffaloe (verified owner)

    I received my ESV Clarion in black goatskin today. I am extremely pleased and surprised. The goatskin is very supple with a nice grain to it. This is a nice, thick but portable Bible. It “feels” right in your hand. I love the size and thickness all around. As many know, I am very “sensitive” to ghosting, but I have no problem at all with it in this one. Cambridge did a fantastic job putting this Bible together, with their line-matching and generous sized font (which these eyes can appreciate). The single column format is great and there is no problem with words “falling” into the gutter. I heard the paper was very thin, but it seems to be only slightly thinner than the Cameo. Pages turn very easily. Overall a great reading Bible, demanding to be read (and taken with you too). I had many hesitations about getting this Bible, but I am very happy with this purchase. If you can get it, go with the Black Goatskin, it is a work of art. I love it and plan to spend a great deal of time reading it. Thanks EvangelicalBible! Another satisfied customer.

  10. Phillip Howle

    I just just received a very nice ESV Clarion in Goatskin. Initial observations, I was expecting a Pitt Minion like Bible in regards to the leather. The Goatskin is nothing like that at all. It is very limp and floppy, much like the Cambridge Wide Margin, very little rigidity at all. It is suqatier that I imagined, very short and fat, but this is not a problem in reading.
    The font size is surprisingly large. When I used to try and read my Personal Sized Reader from Crossway, I felt my eyes moving back and forth across the page. I did not like this, but with the Clarion the width of the text is just right so I am not having to scan the page back and forth with my eyes.
    The paper is thin, but the dark font with the line matching makes ghosting a non-problem in my opinion while reading. This Bible offers a great deal in a very small package. Honestly, if the Clarion setting could be printed on the size and quality paper of the Legacy, that would be amazing. I find this edition a little more readable than the Legacy, due to the more narrow width of the text, but both are great Bibles and I think complement each other nicely. The Legacy paper first class. I can’t imagine anyone being disappointed with this Bible at all.

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