Holy Bible 1611 King James Version: Celebrating 400 Years Of The Original King James Version Hardcover – Mar 28 2011
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can't even read one sentence !!!!!
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This particular edition is printed on paper that is much like that of an average paperback book. It's not bible paper which explains why it is so thick. The hardcover is covered in an imitation leather-like covering that isn't too bad. The beginning contains the dedication to King James, the translators to reader, genealogies, and some other info. Unfortunately, they did cut out the Apocrypha which is disappointing.
All in all, this is an excellent bible for at this price. If you are trying to buy a bible for general reading, this isn't it as it uses a Gothic type. This bible is a great way to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.
- 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.
Other reviewers complain about the typography, but the time to become familiar with this comparatively recent appearance in literature is worth the small effort. I have no problem with the typeface because I studied German for three years in public school. Our texts had the same appearance (lower-case 's' looks like 'f' and doubled 's' looks like a upper-case B). Only casual mention was made of this type style by the teacher because it was not difficult.
About the reduced type, I remember salivating over the two-volume edition of the complete Oxford English Dictionary which came with a large rectangular magnifying glass and a slipcase in the 1960's.
Along with my first Bible for my approaching twelfth birthday in 1947, this copy shares a place of honor on my bookcase shelf.
Earlier today I stumbled onto the Great Site page. All this time I thought my several King James Bibles were unadulterated. Even with the omission of the Apocrypha, this is a treasure.
Claire Morland (real name)