Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tyndale Select NLT - Black Goatskin (Review)

There are a number of well written and well photographed reviews of the Tyndale Select. I recently discovered the publisher is now out-of-stock on the black goat skin and the calf skin is in limited supply. It seemed good to offer a brief review.

To begin with, it should be noted that 2015 saw three premium releases of the NLT. Schuyler, Allan, and Tyndale all released a version designed to appeal to those looking to make an investment on a bible that will have a long shelf life. This is of no little significance: the NLT is an extremely popular English translation, but it has seen very few premium treatments.

Compared between the two other editions mentioned above, the Tyndale Select's strengths sufficiently raise the publisher's own product above that of either premium bible firm. Tyndale hits just about all the notes correct with the Select. The dimensions and quality of leather make for a pleasing tactile experience - it rests comfortably in the hand and is easy enough to take with you. This actually gets high marks from me as I predominately use a bible in a liturgical or para-liturgical function - this easily a deal breaker, so far as I am concerned. The physical form of the Tyndale Select lends itself to prayer, which, ideally, should be the first function of any bible.

The typeface and typography are good...very good, hard to beat actually. It is easy to read and the page layout (single column, references at the side of the page, and occasional textual notes at the bottom) is optimal so far as concerns both facilitating a reading experience and providing information relevant to the linguistic and literary context of the text.

The opacity on par with the Cambridge Clarion series (and similarly benefits from line matching). Opacity is always a trade off - you will always gain or lose something due to opacity.

The same with ribbons, actually. A history of using old liturgical books leads me to applaud the decision to use thread ribbons. Alas, I fear Tyndale will take some of the criticism out there too much to heart and opt for satin ribbons on the next edition.

As mentioned above, the goatskin editions are out of stock at the publisher, but you can still find copies at ChristianBook.com.  The calfskin edition is also available. In my experience, calfskin is a little more "rugged" than goatskin, so it may be worth checking out.

In conclusion, if you are in the market for an NLT and you want something built to last, I would direct you to the Tyndale Select over its competitors on the market place, if only for the fact that the NLT finally has an iconic edition.


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