God Bless you Ignatius Press, the authors, and editors who put this together.
Well its here. I present to you the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible (ICSB) New Testament in its hardcover form. It is a beauty. There are a few flaws which we'll discuss but all in all this is a major publication for the conservative Catholic world. Even though it is still missing the Old Testament...we finally have our study Bible.
This is the Catholic answer to all those protestant study Bibles you see when you go to Borders and think "I wish we had one of those" as you look longingly at the Oxford Catholic Study Bible and wish it were actually decent.
Ironically, some of the points below that make this a good study Bible also contribute to its flaws.
- The text is large and easy to read.
- Thick paper. Good for writing on. The original RSV-2CE suffered from glossy paper that made it hard to read in many lighting situations. Not this one.
- Sturdy construction. Really sturdy, as far as I can tell.
- Sewn and glued binding.
- Copious notes.
- Cross references.
- Concise, but thorough, concordance.
- Color maps.
- Wider, but not wide, margins.
- I really like the cloth-like end papers. Its a very nice touch. The cross-hatch texture will keep papers from falling out of it.
- Its actually Catholic.
Could have been better:
- No ribbons. What the heck?
- Its a little too large.
- The maps are a little underwhelming. Very basic.
- Maps dispersed throughout the text should be in color when the full version comes out.
- Margins could be wider.
I'm really glad I bought the hardcover edition, btw. Without further ado I give you want you really came here for: pictures.
Below: glue protruding from the binding. Small irritant with the quality control. The binding however it sturdy.
Below: cross-hatch end papers. I like this feature a lot.
Below: Common page layout with a map in it. Notice the wider, but not wide, margins. We still have no true Catholic Bible with truly wide margins. I guess we'll have to continue waiting for that one.
Below: Maps at the end.
Below: I took this picture to show you where the extras begin. As you can see there is a lot of material in the back of the book. It adds a great deal of value. You get a lot of book for the price. Note the thickness of the pages in this photo.
Below: Wavy pages. Yuck. I don't know why this happens on some books. Perhaps its the paper choice. We'll live with it.
Below: A close up of the fantastic stamping on the front cover. In all, the cover is a bit busy for me. But its not ugly. In the future I'd like to see a simple or even plain cover for the ICSB. Just put the text on the spine and that'll do.
Below: I like sephia tone, so there. This shows a size comparison with some other well known books. The Leather RSV-2CE and Volume III LOTH.
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