A Beautifully Crafted Bible
What do you think about when you hear the phrase premium Bible? Does it bring images of soft, fragrant leather to mind? Or maybe stunning design coupled with notable features?
When I received the Thomas Nelson NKJV Premier Collection Reference Bible it was all of those things and more. Unpacking this Bible was an experience! This premium goatskin leather Bible arrived well packed and inside the shipping box was a beautiful black box that looked as if it contained something luxurious.
And upon opening that box, I was not disappointed!
What I found inside was a heavy black paper with a silver sticker indicating Premier Collection and carefully unwrapping that paper revealed some of the finest leather I have ever seen, smelled, or touched.
A Bible to be Used and Enjoyed
Removing this Bible from it’s premium packaging, it’s immediately noticed that this Bible is not only well designed, it’s crafted. By that I mean the craftsmanship that goes into the NKJV Premier Collection Reference Bible is such that while it certainly is a beautifully made book, it’s also durable and meant to be used, and that’s critically important in any Bible.
What I appreciate about the Thomas Nelson NKJV Premier Collection Reference Bible
By the time I had this Bible removed and unwrapped, the first thing I noticed is that the goatskin leather Bible cover is by far the absolute softest leather I have ever touched! The art gilding on the page edges was something else that is going to grab your attention. The gold gilded page edges actually show a hint of red when you turn them in the light.
To protect this gilding, the leather cover extends past the pages, known as yapp, this slightly oversized goatskin leather cover will help to protect this Bible for a lifetime of use. Personally, I also appreciate the raised spine hubs because strengthening the spine also contributes to the longevity you can expect from the Thomas Nelson NKJV Premier Collection Reference Bible.
Finally, the Smyth-sewn construction allows this Bible to remain open to your selected page. Equally important, it’s also a several hundred year old process of binding well made books with superior threads that could remain durable for generations.
What you will find inside
Opening this Bible, you will find fine European Bible paper which appears to have been chosen for it’s opacity and for it’s high quality. This is a paper that is thin yet resists bleeding.
This Thomas Nelson NKJV Premier Collection Bible has verse-style Scripture format, which means each verse starts on it’s own line. This feature is designed to make navigating Scripture and finding the text you’re looking for easier.
More features of the Thomas Nelson NKJV Premier Collection Reference Bible
In addition to these outstanding details, there are a number of convenient stand-out features:
- Extensive Verse-by-verse cross-references to easily find related passages quickly
- Personal-size format that allows this Bible to go wherever you go
- Concordance for finding specific words throughout Scripture
- Full color maps of Biblical locations
- Three satin ribbon markers (red, blue, and brown) each 3/8-inch wide
- 10.5-point NKJV Comfort Print typefaces designed by leading font foundry 2K/DENMARK. These exclusive fonts assist in a smooth, comfortable reading experience
Thomas Nelson NKJV Premier Collection Reference Bible: Final Thoughts
I’ll often include a portion in my Bible reviews suggesting who or for what occasions a particular Bible is best suited for. The Thomas Nelson Premier Collection goatskin leather Bible is perfect for anyone who desires a long lasting Bible to last for a lifetime.
In my opinion, this is absolutely one of the most impressive Bibles I have ever had the privilege of reviewing. The superior craftsmanship shows that Thomas Nelson places a priority on honoring the Word of God. The features are practical, useful, and plenty.
Overall, this is a beautiful book that is made from some of the finest book making material with plenty of attention given to detail. While this Thomas Nelson NKJV Premier Collection Reference Bible certainly represents premium Bible craftsmanship, it’s a Bible that is meant to be enjoyed: there is no doubt that Thomas Nelson publishing would desire you to experience fruitful time in God’s Word.