NKJV Wide-Margin Reference Bible by Cambridge University Press

Kent Shaffer —  May 5, 2011

Wide-Margin NKJV Bible by Cambridge University Press

Cambridge University Press is one of the top Bible publishers in the world and also happens to be the oldest printer and publisher in the world. They printed their first Bible in 1591.

Now their four centuries of craftmanship produces a wide-margin New King James Version reference Bible that is a fantastic choice for readers who cannot resist taking notes in their Bible and want them to last for generations. Considering all that Cambridge packed into this Bible, it is quite stunning how streamlined and compact this Bible is at only 1.5″ thick.

Wide-Margin NKJV Bible by Cambridge University Press

Wide-Margin NKJV Bible by Cambridge University Press

Wide-Margin NKJV Bible by Cambridge University Press

The NKJV translation is a modern adaption by Thomas Nelson Publishers of the 1611 KJV Bible that seeks to ease vocabulary and grammar while upholding the original core of the 1611 KJV Bible.

John 3:16
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

James 1:27
Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

As a twenty something, I think the type size and layout is very good, especially juxtaposed against the vast sea of white space in the margins. However, depending on your preference and your eyes’ age, you may agree with others that the type’s kerning and leading is too close together. The words of Christ are in red letters, which is a pro or con depending on your school of thought.

Wide-Margin NKJV Bible by Cambridge University Press

Wide-Margin NKJV Bible by Cambridge University Press

Like most Cambridge Bibles, reading this wide-margin NKJV reference Bible is an experience. The goatskin leather has a rich, hearty smell, and while appearing course with texture, the cover actually melts into one’s hand. In fact, the Bible is so supple that you can easily roll it with the pages or fully bend it back. No breaking in necessary.

The Smyth-sewn binding and the cover’s stitching ensure that nothing will be falling apart in the first few months… or years for that matter. Cambridge Bibles are designed to last for decades.

Dual ribbon markers are convenient for daily OT/NT studies or a rigorous session of sermon preparation. It is a beautiful Bible. And the red-under-gold art-gilt page edges are the icing.

Wide-Margin NKJV Bible by Cambridge University Press

Wide-Margin NKJV Bible by Cambridge University Press

Wide-Margin NKJV Bible by Cambridge University Press

I’m not one to take notes in my Bibles, but I want to when I hold Cambridge’s wide-margin Bible and look at its generous 1.38″ (3.5 cm) wide margins. Not only can you take notes on the pages of scipture, but Cambridge Bibles also provides a substantial section of lined paper in the back for additional notes. To organize it all, there is an Index to Notes section that lets you create your own custom A-Z concordance for your notes.

The Cambridge wide-margin New King James Version reference Bible also comes with a concordance, full cross-references, and 15 color maps.

Wide-Margin NKJV Bible by Cambridge University Press

Wide-Margin NKJV Bible by Cambridge University Press

NKJV Bible, Cambridge University Press, Wide-Margin Bible

This is an expensive premium Bible. In the past, I would never spend the money it costs to get any type of premium Bible. However, after having the opportunity to review numerous premium Bibles, I now don’t think I would settle for less.

Cambridge University Press’ wide-margin goatskin leather format is also available in ESV, KJV, NASB, and NIV, translations.

Translation: New King James Version (NKJV)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (2008)
ISBN: 9780521706230
Language: English
Cost: $259.99

Cover: goatskin leather (real Morocco)(black)
Binding: Smyth-sewn with 2 ribbon markers
Pages: 1,260 pages of thick Bible paper with wide-margins and art-gilt (red-under-gold) edges
Type: red letter for the words of Christ
Dimensions: 7.25″ x 9″ x 1.5″
Special Features: wide-margins, full, cross-references, concordance, lined paper note section, 15 color maps

This post features a complimentary review copy and Amazon affiliate links.

Kent Shaffer

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One response to NKJV Wide-Margin Reference Bible by Cambridge University Press

  1. I really like my wide-margin Bible. I have had it for almost 10 years. Though it is not a Cambridge printed Bible, I still enjoy reading and using it. I do have a Cambridge Bible that was given to me at my ordination many years ago, but I have never used it regularly. I am not sure if it too suffers from the crunched spacing of this Bible.

    A good leather bound Bible can be used for many years. Though this Bible isn’t cheap, a person may never need to buy another one.