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. Truck (verified owner)

    The Clarion is so handy and readable I own three now – KJV, NKJV, and now the ESV. I think it is the best overall Bible available at this time. It is readable, portable, and available in several translations to suit most anybody. It is an expensive Bible (relatively speaking of course!) but I really think most people can save a lot of money by buying the calfskin (if not calf split) versions. The goatskin is really for people who want the best, in my opinion it is not necessary. My NKJV is calf split and it is every bit as readable, portable, and comfortable as my new Goatskin ESV.

    The Clarion is about the same footprint as a Pitt Minion or an 8″ Kindle Fire tablet, so it is not a large Bible (although it is thick due to the single column and readable print).

    Unlike a lot of modern Bibles, to me the Clarion reads as a true black ink. So many modern digital Bibles read as dark gray. I really don’t think it is possible to find a Bible that is as readable as the Clarion for it’s size. Not to mention the Clarion offers a complete reference suite, maps, concordance, and space for small notes – it’s easy to see that a Clarion could be someone’s one and only Bible for their entire life.

    When I travel I usually carry an 8″ Kindle Fire tablet, and the Clarion is basically the same footprint as that (although thicker obviously). It makes a perfect all around use Bible. Some complain that individual verses can be hard to find, in my opinion it’s not really any harder than any other paragraphed Bible.

    Complaints? None from me. In my opinion the Clarion is the best Bible available at this current time in history, with the closest competition being the TBS Westminster reference Bible.

  2. Justin Logsdon (verified owner)

    This is my first premium Bible and my first experience with Evangelical Bible. I’ve wanted a nice leather Bible for some time now and have been researching them for longer than necessary.
    First, I’d like to say a quick word about Evangelical Bible. I was set on purchasing from Amazon. The familiarity, the ease, the quick shipping and the price was slightly lower at the time. However, in all my research I used this site several times in reviews, the awesome pictures they provide for many of the products as well as all the extra information available on this site. In the end I decided I wanted to support a smaller business and that I give Amazon enough of my business as it is. Not sure how typical this is, but I ordered on a Friday early in the day, the product shipped by mid-afternoon and was delivered to me in Ohio on Monday morning. I did opt for the FedEx shipping over USPS. I normally don’t like to pay for shipping but it was well worth it. Just all around great experience as the product arrived in a bubble wrap shipping envelope with the box the Bible was in also wrapped in bubble wrap. I would not hesitate from purchasing here again in the future.
    As far as the Bible is concerned, it is beautiful. I’m not going to review in detail as there are many on YouTube who do much better than I ever could, but the leather, the print size/font, the overall size; I just love every part of it. I’m so excited to start using this as my everyday Bible as this is also my first single column Bible. I did go with the ESV, as it is my preferred translation to read and the one I gravitate to the most.
    Overall, I would say don’t hesitate to go with this Bible and definitely purchase through this site.

  3. Martin Scoville

    This bible is my “the one” bible. I have been using this bible as my main bible for 3 years. The size of the bible is great for reading with a comfortable sized font and lovely printing. It is a great size in your hand and is small enough to take with you anywhere. It’s not a full sized bible, though it is stout and hardy.

    The single column layout inside is so well done that I believe in a pure design sense it is the most beautiful and readable bible I have ever seen. Very classy, with no frills. I like Schuyler, red numbers, but I believe this Bible still surpasses it for sheer aesthetics. There is even enough room in the margins for some delicate not taking (which I do with a design ebony pencil, 4B). The references are spaced well on the outside of the page and roughly match the location of the corresponding verse where possible.

    This bible has a very nice concordance as well which is lacking in the Schuyler PSQ.

    The Art gilting is a nice shade of salmon under gold.

    The goatskin is soft and pliable and maybe too much so, but very durable.

    All that being said, here are the cons of this bible, which I’m hoping Cambridge can address in the coming years in an upgrade.

    The liner inside is plastic, this really bothers me in terms of longevity, when paying so much for a bible I want time tested materials. I have seen the plastic fail in one fellow Clarion owner’s bible. This bible needs a leather liner.

    It would also be nice in this market to have a couple choices in color, but that is a minor concern.

    Overall, a beautiful bible which I truly enjoy using.

  4. Tom Cunliffe

    I have had my Clarion Goatskin ESV for nearly a year now and can report that it remains a Bible I love and cherish and use daily. To have the sacred scriptures in such a beautiful presentation as this is a joy and delight. I like the nice “chunky” feel to the Bible. The single column works well for me and definitely aids readability. As for the cover, yes, it is floppy, but surely that is the point of buying a Bible like this?

    The paper is thin but for someone like me who is careful with books and treats them well, this is no problem. If you buy a Bible at this price, you are going to look after it anyway. The print size and font seem to be “just right” and should I need a bigger Bible I can always refer to my Schuyler ESV Quentel – which I actually find slightly too big for general purpose reading.

    I am a recent convert to heritage Bibles and now I have both the Clarion and the Schuyler I find my love for the Word of God has increased even more. Its as though the commitment I exhibited in buying them has resulted in a greater attention to the words on the printed page. When you think of all the other things people spend their money on, a fine Bible which will last you years and years seems a wise purchase if you have the money.

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