The single most important thing that I look for in a Bible is wide margins. And wide margins are hard to come by these days. Yes, references are important, and translation as well. But I must have wide margins. I have been looking for a long, long time – searching for a good, wide margin Bible. You know what? I may have found what I’ve been looking for.
Foundation Publications NASB Wide Margin Bible
Meet the NASB Side-Column Reference Wide Margin Bible in Black Leathertex by Foundation Publications. This is exactly how I received it from the delivery-person. Well, it was in an Amazon box, but this is what was inside. Looking at the packaging the slip-sleeve shows a faint image of the Gospel of John and the references on the left. However it does not indicate the margin in any way. In fact, it is the side-column reference that is the selling point here. The packaging shows the actual text size – or very close to it.
On the back of the slip-sleeve is a synopsis of the NASB translation stating that it is “Readable. Trusted. Literal. Timeless.” And I agree. The New American Standard Bible was originally produced in 1971 as a revision of the 1901 American Standard Version (ASV). This is the updated 1995 edition. There is also a clearer view of the text stating that this bible is printed in 11 point font – which is a very comfortable size for middle-aged eyes like mine. In fact I can see and read it clearly at arm’s length. Well, the verses anyway. The references are a point or two smaller.
The spine is very nice with gold inlay describing exactly what this bible is: New American Standard Bible with Side-column reference. This less-than-twenty-five-dollar bible is quite distinguished looking! Turning it over to the fore-edge you’ll see gold-gilded pages indicating that Foundation Publications believes that an extremely affordable Bible can look great.
Again, this is the imitation leather version. The cover is very smooth. It feels like leather to me. Very nice to the touch. They call it “Leathertex” and I don’t know what is in it, but imitation leather is typically designed to outlast genuine leather. As well as having other benefits, or not – depending on your point of view. Opening the cover the 1st thing I notice is how stiff it feels; how thick. Perhaps “robust” is a better word. It feels sturdy in construction.
The paper is quite thin. In fact the seller’s notes on Amazon state that “This product has 1,856 pages, so the paper is intentionally thin and some may notice bleed through.” And you will notice bleed through. But, with all the features this bible has, they had to do something in order to keep it thin enough for you to actually be able to carry without aid.
Remember: the margins are really what I purchased this bible for. You can see that it has a full 1” margin for taking notes. My notes; not somebody else’s. That’s what makes it my bible. I also like that it’s single-column, text-by-text layout. This makes it very quick and easy to find the exact verse that I am looking for.
This bible does have maps. Not many, but good maps on thick, lamented paper. There is a helpful map documenting the ministry of Jesus with locations and description of what he did there, plus several others. Six maps in all. It does not have introductions at the beginning of each book, instead it collects them in one place at the back. One paragraph for each book giving a little bit of background information. There is a concordance in the back which the publisher describes as a “collection of the principle common words with their most widely used examples, etc.” There are 82 pages with 3 columns each.
Watch the video at the top of this post to see and hear much more about this wonderful NASB wide margin bible. It is available on Amazon.com for around $25.00 (it fluctuates) just click here to find out more.