Friday, December 19, 2014

Review: NASB Note-Takers Bible from Zondervan

Review: NASB Note-Takers Bible

The Note-Takers Bible is an offering from Zondervan that appears to be a reformatted version of the 2002 Thinline edition of the NASB which used the 1995 NASB version.  I do not intend to comment on the text itself as that is the scholars’ domain. 

This edition has increased the margins to allow more room to record notes.  I like wide margins.  The interior margin is tiny though and I don’t like that so much.  Maybe they’ll do something with that next time around.  The font is clear and comfortably readable for me.  Cross references are not available in this edition, but alternate meanings for words or simple explanations of things like weights are noted within the text. The publishers also included a basic concordance.

Now for the note-taking aspects of this edition.  The paper is smooth and thin.  After trying a liquid li-liter and a roller ball type ink pen I can’t recommend their use.  A regular, cheap ball point pen or a pencil work best as they don’t bleed through the paper.  After my experimenting I discovered a note at the very end that said as much.  

Overall I like this edition even with the nits I mentioned above.  I received a hard bound copy found it to be quite useable.  It is available in several other translations as well if NASB is not your favorite.

I received this book from the publisher via BookLook in exchange for a review.