Publisher:  Cambridge University Press – 2,028 pages
Book Review by: Sonu Chandiram

This Bible begins by listing the Books of the Old and New Testaments:

    Page No. Testament Testament   Page No.  
  Acts 1681 New Old Judges 364  
  Amos 1422 Old Old 1 Kings 504  
  1 Chronicles 643 Old Old 2 Kings 554  
  2 Chronicles 648 Old Old Lamentations 1274  
  Colossians 1816 New Old Leviticus 149  
  1 Corinthians 1760 New New Luke 1582  
  2 Corinthians 1781 New Old Malachi 1485  
  Daniel 1370 Old New Mark 1548  
  Deuteronomy 266 Old New Matthew 1493  
  Ecclesiastes 1022 Old Old Micah 1441  
  Ephesians 1803 New Old Nahum 1452  
  Esther 743 Old Old Nehemiah 719  
  Exodus 81 Old Old Numbers 197  
  Ezekiel 1287 Old Old Obadiah 1435  
  Ezra 703 Old New 1 Peter 1867  
  Galatians 1795 New New 2 Peter 1874  
  Genesis 1 Old New Philemon 1842  
  Habakkuk 1457 Old New Philippians 1811  
  Haggai 1468 Old Old Proverbs 973  
  Hebrews 1844 New Old Psalms 814  
  Hosea 1397 Old New Revelation 1887  
  Isaiah 1046 Old New Romans 1737  
  James 1862 New Old Ruth 404  
  Jeremiah 1161 Old Old 1 Samuel 409  
  Job 755 Old Old 2 Samuel 460  
  Joel 1414 Old Old Song of Solomon 1035  
  1 John 1878 New New 1 Thessalonians 1822  
  2 John 1884 New New 2 thessalonians 1826  
  3 John 1885 New New 1 Timothy 1829  
  John 1639 New New 2 Timothy 1835  
  Jonah 1437 Old New Titus 1840  
  Joshua 325 Old Old Zechariah 1471  
  Jude 1886 New Old Zephaniah 1462  

In the Foreword, a Scriptural Promise is quoted from Isaiah 40:8: “The grass withers,
the flower fades, but the word of our God lives forever,” and goes on: “The New American Standard Bible has been produced with the conviction that the words in the Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic are inspired by God. Since they are the words of God, the Holy Scriptures speak with fresh power to each generation, to give wisdom that leads to salvation, that men may serve Christ to the glory of God.

This Bible has been published by the Lockman Foundation. Its “Four-Folded Aim” is presented below:

  1. These publications shall be true to the original Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic
  2. They shall be grammatically correct
  3. They shall be understandable
  4. They shall give the Lord Jesus Christ His proper place, the place which the Word gives Him; therefore, no work will ever be personalized.

An explanation concerning some versions and editions of the Holy Bible is provided in the Preface. These are some important points:

  • The King James Version (KJV) is the “most prestigious” of various versions
  • The ‘time-honored’ KJV version of 1611, itself a revision of the Bishop’s Bible of 1568, became the basis for the English Revised Version appearing in 1881 (New Testament) and 1883 (Old Testament).
  • The American version of this last work was published in 1901 as the American Standard Version (ASV).
  • The ASV, a product of both American and British scholarship, has been highly regarded for its accuracy and scholarship
  • To preserve these and other values of the ASV, to incorporate recent discoveries of Hebrew and Greek textual sources, and to render them into more current English usage, the Lockman Foundation, a new translation project began in 1959 based on the time-honored translation principles of the ASV and the KJV
  • The result of all these efforts? The New American Standard Bible (NASB).

The updated content in this NASB is provided in this excellent package: a Holy Bible bound in durable, edge-lined, handmade, long-lasting, strong, superior, supple goatskin leather.

Cambridge University Press has been the leader, for over four centuries (since 1568) in producing Bibles with outstanding craftsmanship and high-level skills.

This is an edge-lined product. Edge-lining is a process of fusion between the inner cover of the book and its endpapers, which noticeably extends from the spine up to a quarter of the width of the book. For those familiar only with the appearance of mechanized book-binding, this feature may appear unusual; but rest assured that this is both an intentional and necessary part of the process involved in this superior form of binding.