Thanks to the generosity of the folks at Zondervan, I’ve had a chance to put my hands on the new TNIV Reference Bible earlier than expected. Rick Mansfield put together an excellent “hands on” review of this edition and I would echo many of the thoughts there, as well as repeat what I wrote earlier. With those thoughts in mind, I wanted to share some initial observations that may be useful to others out there:
1. The TNIV RB come with a card-stock slip cover rather than a two-piece box. My only issue with that is that there’s no protection for the long edge of the paper, but a store could easily shrink wrap the whole thing too. The page edges are silver, as was the case with my TNIV Slimline.
2. I love the single-column format, but I agree with Rick that the body text probably could stand to be bumped up a point size or two. It’s still plenty readable, but compare it to the NASB example in the fourth photo below. The paper quality is very good, with minimal, indistinct bleed through. Much better than most!
3. The physical dimensions of the cover are 9-5/8″ x 6-5/8″ x 1¼”. It is the same size as my NASB Side-Column Reference Bible from Foundation Publications, other than the width, where the NASB is 1¾”. Personally, I’m happy to have the larger size of this Bible and would have welcomed an even thicker Bible.
4. The last photo compares the interior layouts of the TNIV RB and my NASB SCR. Note again the larger text of the latter, as well as the room in the margin for notes. There’s plenty of room in the TNIV RB to take notes in the poetry sections, but as photo#2 above shows, narrative sections leave little extra space. For the both the TNIV RB and the NASB SCR, I would recommend moving the cross-reference notes to the inside margins.
I’m planning to use this as my “corporate” Bible for the next few months. I asked some questions earlier concerning choosing a Bible that is consistent with your church’s translation standard; our church has the NIV as their reading and pew Bible and it will be easy enough to follow along with the TNIV. In addition, I’m curious to see how this new TNIV RB will fit into my personal study and reading.