Riding on the heels of my “Top Five ESV” post, perhaps some of you are now wondering, “What is the best NASB Bible out there?” To be clear, this is a list of the top three available NASB Bibles, not including the notable editions that are now out of print (i.e. Lockman’s calfskin, USA-printed editions from the early 2000s).
3. NASB Reader’s Reference Edition (R. L. Allan & Son)
Middle-of-the road in terms of book-size and font-size, this features a 10 point font set in two columns. What distinguishes it from the other two on the list is the verse by verse layout (as opposed to paragraph). Also, This the NASB R1 is considerably stiffer than the others, but it will limber up with use. Incidentally, I love the crimson cover paired with the blue liner and ribbons.
2. NASB Clarion Reference Bible (Cambridge) …click for my review
The most portable on the list, and by some standards, the most readable. Featuring 8.75 Lexicon font, set in a single column, this doesn’t read much smaller than the Allan (#3). The character per line count is optimal, and the leading is right– a fine choice, thin paper notwithstanding.
1. NASB Quentel Reference Bible (Schuyler) …click for my review
My photo features the ESV edition, but the NASB looks the same. This is the most attractive typesetting of the three, set on the most opaque paper, in the largest font, and wrapped in arguably the nicest binding. The flip-side?– It is also the largest book.
Honorable Mention: Cambridge Wide-Margin …click for my review
Yeah yeah, maybe this should be #1! But the smaller font kicks it to “Honorable Mention” for this reviewer. My opinion on this one may change in the morrow.
I won’t drag this on, as I did in my ESV post. Let me know your thoughts in the comments. I’ll leave you with this gallery of comparisons.
And lest we get lost in leather-bound English-Bible luxury, please remember to pray for translations in the remaining 1,859 Bible-less languages in our world. Click here to see my heart on the matter and to even support the work of Bible translation.