Reading Level: Leisure
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Zondervan’s NASB Thinline Bible (henceforth, NASB Thinline) is the latest in a stream of reviews covering value bibles. Containing neither references nor study notes, the NASB Thinline consists solely in full pages of Scripture. In terms of its physical composition, this hardback edition is similar in size and frame to the Zondervan’s stylish Skinii Bible edition. With a standard hardcover binding, the NASB Thinline feels more like a pew Bible than an option for stylish youth (though this is why Bible covers exist). Unlike the stylish Skinii Bible, this edition comes without a passage marker and truly presents itself as a basic version of the reliable NASB text.
It should be reiterated, the NASB Thinline will not win any awards for its design. A simple black hardcover, the paper is thin and the text bleeds through (not uncommon among Bibles). However, the binding of the NASB Thinline is significantly higher quality than most value Bibles. This alone helps the Bible feel more sturdy and comfortable when turning pages and moving quickly from text to text. This is an elevated step up from other value Bibles I have reviewed. Unfortunately, this edition retains the “red letters of Christ” that continues to mar these excellent NASB Bibles.
In conclusion, Zondervan’s NASB Thinline Bible is an excellent value hardback. Despite my growing affinity for hardbacks this edition does seem as if it would be better served for personal use (with respect to style) in a softcover form. However, this edition seems excellent for those seeking a hardcover for personal use or churches seeking a high standard pew Bible.
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