Barron’s Bible Reviews & Ranking

You can watch all of my video reviews on YouTube

I review and rank premium Bibles using the following system, which I call Barron’s Bible Ranking 7.35.  There are 7 categories I apply to each Bible and each category gets a rank from 1-5.  A perfect score is 35 with a Bible scoring a 5 in each of the 7 categories.  The system is designed to identify Bibles that are both portable and readable.  Both of these qualities tend to be mutually exclusive because very readable Bibles tend to have large print, which makes them  larger and not as portable.  Conversely, Bibles that are very portable tend to use small print which makes them smaller but harder to read.  So Bibles that score high in my ranking system have a good balance of both.  You will see that some Bibles score high in readability but low in portability, but because of all the other categories can still result in a high score.  Other Bibles score very high in portability and low in readability but because of their high scores in all the other categories, they also result in a high score.  So, you can take a look at the individual rankings of each category and determine if that Bible would be a good fit for you.  If you don’t mind sacrificing smaller print for a smaller Bible, then you would probably choose a Bible that scores higher in portability.  If you don’t mind sacrificing size for readability, you will choose a Bible that scores higher in readability.  The Bibles that have high scores in portability and readability are going to have the best of both worlds.  The Crossway Omega comes to mind as the Bible that scores high across the board.  It is a good balanced, high-quality Bible.

I also should point out that just because a Bible has the highest score, doesn’t necessarily mean it is the best Bible for you. For example, the Bibles I’ve decided to keep on the list are the Schuyler NKJV and the Crossway Omega. I prefer to use is the Schuyler Quentel NKJV as my primary Bible, because I believe it provides the best reading experience of all the Bibles.  However, the Omega is the Bible I prefer to carry and travel with.

Here are the categories and qualities the Bible must have to score a 5 in each category:

Readability

10 pt font or larger, line spacing, line matching, opacity, paper weight, opacity, multiple translations offered

Portability

Less than or equal to 9″ tall x 6 1/2″ wide x 1 1/2″ thick x 10″ wide when open x 3 pounds.

Cover & Binding

Goatskin, Calfskin, or Sheepskin. Hand bound, smith-sewn, smooth grain, edge lined, head band & tail band

Design & Creativity (specific to text block)

Unique typeset and layout, art-gilt page edges, attention to detail in print and page design, text consistency throughout Bible

Beauty & Craftsmanship

This is the overall beauty and craftsmanship of the Bible evaluating the complete product with special consideration for, yap or stitched perimeter, clean stamping on cover & spine, ribs, lays flat, gilt-line inner cover perimeter, soft quality inner liner, colored head band and tail band.

Unique Features

Maps, Map index, illustrations, references, introductions, special qualities like lined paper in the back, concordance, helps

Rarity

Limited edition, out of print, hard to find, or limited distributors

Rankings Chart for Previously Reviewed Bibles – You can see each review on my YouTube Channel

Portability Readability Cover & Binding Design & Creativity Beauty & Craftsmanship Unique Features Rarity Total Score
Bible Dimensions in Inches & weight
Schuyler Quentel NKJV 9 3/4 x 6 5/8 x 1 7/8 x 11  – 3.8lbs 2.5 5 4.5 5 4.5 4 4.5 30
Allan NCR 10 x 7 x 1 3/8 x 12  – 3.2bs 3 4.5 5 3.5 5 4 4.5 29.5
Allan ESV 1 9 x 6 x 1 1/2 x 10  –  2.4 lbs 5 3.5 5 3 4.5 4 4.5 29.5
Allan NASB Readers 10 x 6 7/8 x 1 x 11 1/2 – 3lbs 4 4.5 4.5 3.5 4.5 4 4.5 29.5
Allan Longprimer 53 10 x 6 5/8 x 1 1/2 x 11 – 2.4lbs 5 4 5 4 5 4 4.5 31.5
Allan Longprimer Sovereign 11 x 7 3/8 x 1 7/8 x 12 1/2 – 4.2lbs 1 5 5 4 5 4 4.5 28.5
Cambridge Concord Goatskin 8 5/8 x 6 x 1 1/4 x 10 – 2lbs 5 4 5 4 4 3.5 3 28.5
Cambridge Clarion Goatskin 7 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 1 1/2 x  10 – 2lbs 4 4 5 4 4 3.5 3 27.5
Cambridge Pitt Minion Goatskin 7 3/8 x 5 x 7/8 x 8 3/4 – 1lb 6 1 4 5 4 4 3 27
Crossway Omega 9 3/4 x 6 1/2 x 1 x 11 1/8  – 2.4bs 5 5 4.5 4 4.5 3 3 29
Crossway Heirloom Legacy 9 3/4 x 6 3/8  x 1/8 x 10 5/8  – 2.5lbs 4 5 4.5 4.5 4.5 3 3 28.5
NASB LPUT Calfskin 9 3/4 x 7 x 1 5/8 x 12 – 3lbs 2 5 4 4.5 4 2 5 26.5

 

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