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Cambridge ESV Clarion in Black Goatskin – Review

The Clarion Reference Edition is Cambridge’s normal edition for a medium measurement print Bible. I reviewed the brown calfskin when it released and I’ve thought-about it considered one of my favourite ESV’s ever since. Cambridge later upgraded the paper to the Indopaque from France (no less than for the goatskin mannequin). Paper could make or break a Bible design for me, so I needed to evaluation the goatskin edition of the ESV Clarion with better paper. I’m reviewing model ES486:XE, ISBN: 9780521182911, printed and sure in the Netherlands by Royal Jongbloed.

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  1. Video Review
  2. Cover and Binding
  3. Paper
  4. Typography
  5. References and Footnotes
  6. Concordance
  7. Maps
  8. Comparisons
  9. Conclusion

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Cover and Binding

The duvet is goatskin. It has a pleasant pebbly grain and perimeter stitching. The front has no printing, while the backbone consists of HOLY BIBLE, English Normal Version, and Cambridge printed in gold. The goatskin is flexible, but I didn’t discover it too floppy to deal with. It is a little slippery though.

The text-block is Smyth sewn. It’s edge-lined with an artificial liner. The sting-line tab is somewhat stiff and might want to break in with some use earlier than it should keep open in Genesis, nevertheless it does break in properly. The spine doesn’t rise as high because the calfskin when opened, so the pages have more of a curve. This enables the textual content to bend further into the gutter. I was capable of shift it round when holding it so the page I used to be reading stayed flat.

The top/tail bands and pink and gold, and it has 2 thin cardinal pink ribbons. The ribbons are long enough to tug to the corner to open the web page. Their measurement feels right for this Bible. The overall measurement is 5.5 x 7.5 x 1.5″ and it weighs 1lb, 12oz. The footprint and thickness really feel slightly chunky but I do discover this measurement to be great for dealing with.

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The paper is 28gsm Indopaque by Papeteries du Leman, Thonon-les-Bains, France. This is the premium paper used in most of the prime premium Bibles together with the Turquoise, Pitt Minion, Schuyler Private Measurement Canterbury/Quentel collection, Longprimer 43, Crossway Heirloom collection, and lots of others.

It’s ivory in shade and it’s very opaque for 28gsm. I find it to be a joy to learn from. It has no glare underneath direct mild. It may be troublesome to seize a single page to show when it’s new, however it does get simpler to handle with use. The pages are art-gilt with pink beneath gold.

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This can be a single-column paragraph format with poetry in stanzas. Cross-references are positioned in the outer margin near the verses they correspond to, and footnotes are placed underneath the final verse. The header consists of the guide identify and chapter numbers in the outer margin, and the web page numbers in the internal margin.

The font is 8.75 Lexicon No. 1, typeset by Blue Heron Bookcraft. It has a leading of 10.5, which makes the text snug to learn. It’s black-letter and has a few medium darkness, which is consistent all through the Bible. It has round 12-14 words per line. I really like the poetry in this format.

The textual content consists of cross-reference and footnote keys. I often find them straightforward sufficient to ignore for studying. They’re mild in order that they don’t stand out. At first, this makes the references troublesome to seek out shortly. If the cross-reference is close to the verse then this helps in finding them shortly.

It’s printed with line-matching (which means that the strains on each side of the web page are printed in the identical location). This significantly improves readability. The color and opacity of the paper assist with this too as a result of the paper where the strains are printed are still white.

The Clarion is one in every of my all-around favorite designs and this one doesn’t disappoint me.

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It consists of the standard ESV reference. It has a variety of them. These are the same references as the ESV Pitt Minion. The pilot verse in the margin is daring. I exploit this bold reference to seek out verses shortly in the text. I like that the references and footnotes are separated from each other. This provides more room for references and the footnotes are easier to seek out.

There are lots of good high quality references that cowl both words and themes. Listed here are a couple of examples of references that will help you examine:

  • Genesis 1:1 – Job 38:Four-7; Ps 33:6; 136:5; Isa 42:5; 45:18; Jn 1:1-3; Ac 14:15; 14:24; Col 1:16, 17; Heb 1:10; 11:Three; Rev Four:11
  • Deuteronomy 6:Four – Cited Mk 12:29; [Isa 42:8; Zech 14:9; Jn 17:3; 1 Cor 8:4, 6]
  • Isaiah 9:6 – Lk 2:11; [Jn 3:16]; ch 7:14; [Mt 28:18; 1 Cor 15:25]; ch 22:22; [ch 28:29]; ch 10:21; Deut 10:17; Neh 9:32; Jer 32:18; [Ps 72:17]; ch 63:16; [Jn 14:18]; Ps 72:7; [Eph 2:14]; see ch 1:6-9
  • Matthew 17:20 – [Jn 11:40]; see ch 6:Three; ch 21:21, 22; Mk 11:23; Lk 17:6; [ch 13:31]; ver 9; [1 Cor 13:2]; Mk 9:23
  • Mark 11:23 – Mt 17:20; [Ps 46:2; 1 Cor 13:2; Rev 8:8]; Rom Four:20; 14:23; Jm 1:6; [ch 16:17; Jn 14:12]
  • Mark 12:29 – Lk 10:27; cited from Dt 6:4, 5; Rom 3:30; 1 Cor 8:4, 6; Gal 3:20; Eph 4:6; 1 Tim 1:17; 2:5; Jm 2:19; 4:12; Jude 25; [Mt 19:17; 23:9]
  • Acts 2:38 – Three:19; 20:21; 26:18, 20; Luke 24:47; ch 22:16; [ch 8:12]; See Mark 1:Four; ch 10:45; [ch 8:15, 20; 11:17]; See John 7:39
  • John 1:1 – Gn 1:1; [Col 1:17; 1 Jn 1:1; Rev 1:4, 8, 17; 3:14; 21:6; 22:13]; Rev 19:13; [Heb 4:12; 1 Jn 1:1]; 1 Jn 1:2; [ch 17:5]; Phil 2:6
  • 1 John 1:1 – see Jn 1:1; [ch 2:13, 14]; Ac 4:20; Jn 19:35; ch Four:14; Jn 1:14; 2 Pet 1:1; Lk 24:39; Jn 20:27

The footnotes are positioned on the backside of the page and are keyed to the textual content with numbers. They embrace alternate translations, literal translations, Hebrew and Greek terms, special makes use of of Greek phrases, the meanings of names, words the place meanings are unsure, clarification of further meanings, grammatical factors, provided pronouns, English equivalents of weights and measures, and manuscript variations. The footnotes are useful for private research and for sermon prep.

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The concordance is 98 pages with 3 columns per page. It has plenty of entries. It accommodates 3000 word-entries and 140,00 references. There’s lots of good materials here that enormously helps in research and sermon prep.

Sample entries embrace:

  • Christ – 17
  • Christ’s – 3
  • Christian – 2
  • Christs – 1
  • Religion – 36
  • Trustworthy – 12
  • Faithfully – 3
  • Faithfulness – 7
  • Faithless – 2
  • God – 56
  • Goddess – 2
  • Godliness – 6
  • Godly – 4
  • Gods – 4
  • Reward – 11
  • Praised – Four
  • Praises – Three
  • Praising – 4
  • Pray – 13
  • Prayed – 5
  • Prayer – 11
  • Prayers – 7
  • Praying – 4

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It has 15 pages of maps on thick, non-glossy, paper. They are shiny and colorful, however they’re not overdone. They embrace borders, import commodities, dates, routes, passes, settlements, distance, topography, mountains, cities of refuge, cities, tribes, vegetation, kingdoms, battle websites, satrapy, cities partitions, metropolis gates, older city partitions, seven Churches of Asia, and so forth.

It additionally has an Eight-page color-coded index to maps to determine settlements, political (nations, provinces, and areas), bodily land, physical water, journey, and Jerusalem. I’m all the time glad to see a map index. I find the Cambridge color-coded index to be among the best indexes.

Maps embrace:

  1. The Historic Near East in the Late Bronze Age
  2. Areas of Palestine and Surrounding Areas
  3. Sinai and Canaan on the Time of the Exodus
  4. Israel within Canaan
  5. The United Monarchy of David and Solomon
  6. Israel and Judah: The Divided Monarchy
  7. The Assyrian Empire
  8. The Babylonian Empire
  9. The Persian Empire
  10. The Hellenistic World after Alexander
  11. Jerusalem in Previous Testament Occasions
  12. Jerusalem in New Testament Occasions
  13. Palestine in New Testament Occasions
  14. The Roman Empire
  15. The Japanese Mediterranean in the First Century AD

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Here’s a take a look at how the ESV Clarion compares with the calfskin Clarion, Pitt Minion, and the Private Measurement Quentel.

Calfskin Clarion

The paper in my older calfskin ESV Clarion isn’t as nice as the goatskin. I discover the calfskin cowl simpler to hold, however I just like the paper in the goatskin edition enough to make use of it as an alternative.

Pitt Minion

The ESV Pitt Minion has near the identical footprint and half the thickness. It has a two-column format with the same references, concordance, and maps. The font is 6.75 and is red-letter. That is a tremendous Bible for anyone that can read the smaller print.

Private Measurement Quentel

The Personal Measurement Quentell is analogous in measurement. It has a double-column format with references and footnotes at the bottom. It’s thinner than the Clarion. It doesn’t have a concordance. It does have maps nevertheless it doesn’t have a map index. It has several lined pages for notes.

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I really like the Clarion’s design. The only column paragraph setting with cross-references in the outer margin create a design that’s readable and usable. The main target is on readability. The text does embrace reference and footnote keys, but they’re straightforward enough to disregard for reading. The verse numbers are mild, which makes them somewhat troublesome to seek out at a glance. The bold verse numbers in the margins are nice for finding the verses in the text. This works on most pages, however the place there are lots of references the verses don’t line up as nicely.

The construction and supplies appear and feel high-quality. I discover the calfskin easier to hold open in one hand than the goatskin, but the goatskin is straightforward enough to use. The backbone doesn’t rise up in the middle as excessive because the calfskin version when opened. This might permit the page to lay flatter. I like the paper in the goatskin edition sufficient that I’d change to the goatskin.

The ESV Clarion Reference Version is one among my all-time favorite ESV’s. I recommend the goatskin edition to anybody in search of a high-quality hand-sized ESV reference Bible in single-column.

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