I shall attempt to keep this short...
- It's the 1611 King James!
- Preserves original fonts in the text, prefaces, everything
- Small, a departure from the massive folio-sized original
- It's only $8 ($5 at WalMart) <<<
- Missing the Apocrypha
- Not sturdy (cheap materials)
- Small (feels too small at times)
- Light fading on some pages, but especially on the chapter headings (not illegible)
if you enjoy Bible history.
if you enjoy the bible.
if you enjoy history.
if you're fascinated by the King James Version.
if you collect Bibles.
if you're a Protestant or Evangelical who has any interest in your sect of Christianity.
if you want a small Bible to carry around and spark discussion.
if you have $8 burning a hole in your pocket.
if you have $8.
if you can borrow some money from a friend.
Do not use/buy...
if you have difficulty reading thick Gothic font.
as a regular study Bible.
as the official family Bible.
in the youth group bonfire.
if you are interested in perusing the Apocrypha.
if you're expecting the Spanish Inquisition (they'll burn you for owning it...).
if you want a small Bible that will stand up to constant use.
as a first/gift Bible to a new believer.
if you are old and received any satisfaction from viewing William Tyndale's trial and execution.
if you dislike Zondervan.
if you hate religious freedom.
Perfect for: leaving on your bedside table to pick up and read a Psalm or Proverb in the morning.
Last year, one couldn't find a 1611 King James replica for less than $179 (and that's the reduced size reference variant!). Numerous versions with Roman fonts and the like have cropped up as of late, but this just beats them all with its price. I bought a number of them to give away as gifts, as well as multiple copies for myself. If you even visited this item today perusing Amazon, just stick it in your cart, you cannot go wrong (unless your expectations of an $8 photocopy of a 400 year old Bible are unrealistic...). If this was $30, I'd give it 4/5 stars, but since Zondervan saw fit to practically gift us this, it earns 5/5 in my book. It's not perfect, and it's far from a replica of a complete and whole full-size King James Bible, but it's definitely $341 cheaper than that.