This review is also averrable on my blog, Read Till Dawn.
Yeah, yeah, I know. This is the fifth Bible that I’ve gotten for review in the past year. What can I say? There’s something really fun about cracking open a brand-new Bible and seeing what makes it different from all the other ones I have. Though I’m definitely going to work on finding a way to get rid of a few, because I think I have about eight Bibles now. Maybe I can donate them to a church or something.
Anyway, I do have an honest reason for getting this particular Bible: I’ve never had a King James Bible before, or even read more than a verse or two in one. From that fact you can probably deduce that I’m not one of those “Bible purists” who think the KJV is the One True Translation, but I have always been interested in having a King James translation just because I love history and languages and I adore the idea of reading a translation that was written almost five-hundred years ago. The English language was so pretty and poetic back then! I’d been hoping for a KJV Bible for a while for precisely that reason, so when this one came up I snatched it at once.
And honestly, the translation is just as gorgeous as I’d expected it to be. I just flipped the Bible open to a random page and found Mark 3:13,
And he [Jesus] goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would: and they came unto him.
I just think the whole translation is so gorgeous! It gives me a feeling of connectedness, too, because I know that Christians were reading these exact words in England literally before America was even a country. Very, very cool.
Anyway, on to discussing the Bible itself. I love the cover, it’s a pretty shade of brown that’s pretty dark but not quite as black-ish as the image up above makes it seem. There’s a pretty light brown ribbon, which I love–it’s always such a pain when there’s no ribbon to keep track of my place. Instead of having clarifications for tricky words included at the bottom of each page, they’re placed into the text in light blue boxes that the text just jumps around. In the back there are four different indexes and a concordance, for when you’re looking for something in particular. The words of Jesus are printed in red, and every book of the Bible gets a little intro that takes up about half a page. The font is a good size, pretty big and very comfortable to read.
Honestly, I don’t know what else to say about this Bible other than that I really like it and I know I’ll be using it in the future. I might not make it my go-to, just because the language makes it a little harder to comprehend than my NIV and NKJV Bibles, but this Bible is so pretty (both in its binding and in its words) that I know I’ll be drawn to it again and again.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this Bible from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers program in exchange for an honest review.