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TBS Large Print Windsor/Family Bible Review

TBS Large Print Windsor/Family Bible Review

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Known for bringing very high quality KJV Bibles to market at incredible prices, Trinitarian Bible Society has done it again. The have refreshed their Large Print Family Presentation Bible with an upgrage to one of their most popular Bibles, now bringing  the  Windsor text into a large print edition.

(TBS provided this Bible free of charge in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to give a positive review only an honest one and my opinions are my own.)

 Cover & Binding

My review copy has the black ironed calfskin cover, a change from the very textured cover on the Large Print Family Presentation Bible. It is Meriva Calfskin. To the best of my knowledge, this is the same ironed calfskin that can be found on the unrivalled perfection that is the Westminster Reference Bible. The paste down liner was rather a surprise. I had expected it to make the cover a little more stiff such as with the Large Print Family Presentation Bible. While it does make the cover more sturdy, it is still more limp and supple than other Bibles I own with a paste down liner.

The text block is smythe sewn as is the case will all TBS Bibles. As I have said in almost every review I have ever written, a sewn text block is an essential feature in a quality Bible; it is this feature that helps the Bible to last across generations.

Paper, Layout, and Font

The paper is crisp white but rather thin allowing modest show through (also called ghosting). The paper does have a minor issue, there is some page curl. The page curl is not severe enough to be challenging but I do find it mildly irritating.

We are given a plain text Bible, laid out in a double column verse by verse format. The 11-point font is crisp and very deep ebony. I do not know of TBS making a red-letter edition of the  Bible and this is no exception, a black letter text all the way through. The font is more of a semi-bold as opposed to the blackface/bold font style of the former Family Bible.

For Preaching/Teaching

This is an excellent Bible for preaching and teaching. The verse by verse format makes it very easy to locate the passage of Scripture you wish to use. Truth be told, I prefer the previous version of the Large Print Family Bible series. Please do not take that to mean that I have any dislike for the Large Print Windsor.

I very much enjoy the Windsor for daily reading but I find the older edition easier on the eyes with its very bold black format.

The Large Print Windsor will lay open on a pulpit or other type of lectern quite easily. It is also light enough to be used with one hand, which is especially handy if one is peripatetic.

For daily use

At less than an inch thick and weighing in at a little over a pound, the Large Print Windsor  is very practical for daily carry.

I am not sure that I would recommend writing in this Bible, unless it was done in pencil.

Should you buy

As I said  earlier this is an excellent Bible. You cannot go wrong  owning it.

Final Thoughts

Overall, this Bible is representative of everything I have come to expect from Trinitarian Bible Society. If TBS ever makes a wide margin Bible this would be the perfect choice. If they don’t, this is still a solid choice of KJV to own.

TBS Family Bible Review

TBS Family Bible Review

 

Trinitarian Bible Society makes some of the best King James Bibles currently available, so it is a pleasure to review another of their Bibles. This time they sent me the Large Print Family Presentation Bible in exchange for an honest review. (This Bible was provided free of charge but my opinions are my own and were not coerced by TBS).

 

The Cover

As with all TBS leather Bibles, this is a calfskin cover with a paste down liner. In most cases TBS uses an ironed (smooth) calfskin. This time, however, there is a very pronounced grain which I love. The front is plain black and there is gold stamping on the spine.

 

The Text Block

The text block is a special edition from Cambridge University Press. The font is 10-point and very dark. It is double column and verse-by-verse. The paper is similar to that in the Concord but perhaps a little heavier.

 

This Bible would generally be categorized as personal/hand sized. It is very lightweight and easy to carry around. The paper offering is very opaque, not a lot of show through at all. This is one Bible I can easily recommend marking in; I don’t see there being a ton of issue with bleed through. I do not recommend a liquid highlighter but then I never do. However, there are a number of other tools for marking, any of which will do.

 

For Every Day Carry

Overall, this particular Bible is just about perfect for every day carry. It fits into my regular briefcase nicely but I also have a smaller messenger bag with a pocket that is just the right size for carry. As it happens the rich black font lends itself to easy reading in most lighting situations.

 

For Preaching

In the King James Version, this is one of the best preaching Bibles I have encountered. It is one of the two easiest for me to read, the other being the KJV Hallmark Reference Bible from Hendrickson.

 

Even though TBS did not design this Bible specifically for preaching, it is, actually, ideally suited to the task. Many pastors will carry a text only edition into the pulpit so that there are fewer distractions on the page. I tend to walk when I preach and carry the Bible one handed while doing so. The TBS Family Presentation Bible’s size lends itself quite nicely to this task. What really shocked me is that this Bible is much easier to preach from than my KJV Longprimer Reference Bible from Allan and sons. That fact also amused me; Longprimer is considered the flagship KJV and yet the TBS Bible is more comfortable for reading and is more hand friendly

 

Something Missing I Did Not See Coming

To my surprise, there is no concordance. A missing concordance is not really an issue as I have a host of topical study tools, dictionaries and other tools so it doesn’t bother me.

 

Should you buy?

Much like all Bibles TBS offers, I give this a hearty recommendation. This Bible is about as vanilla as you get. If the KJV is your preferred English Bible, then a Bible from the Trinitarian Bible Society absolutely should be your first consideration.

 

Final Thoughts

When you need a very high quality KJV on a tight budget, you cannot go wrong with the TBS Family Presentation Bible.