Editor: David Norton
Publisher:  Cambridge University Press – 1,858 pages
Book Review by: Sonu Chandiram

Bibles are typically written in columnar format. Most have two columns on a page, and sometimes there is a third column in the middle that contains notes and / or references.

This Bible has been written in paragraph format, the usual way most books (except bibles) are written. We were curious to learn how readers reacted to this Bible, and we were pleased to read some very good reviews of this product. A reader with the initials ‘JS’ gave six stars in his review on Amazon. He wrote:

 So glad I purchased” – Reviewed on October 4, 2020 (Verified Purchase). This is truly a beautiful Bible and the paragraph format makes reading so much easier and enjoyable. The subtle grammatical changes does not take away from the message, and it makes it so much easier to read.

The size of the print is fine for me. I have -8.50 vision in both eyes and wear glasses, and I’m able to read it just fine. I don’t have to squint or anything. Also, I don’t think that the text on the opposite side of the page shows through to the point where it makes it hard to read. I literally read through a page with no issues, the same as I do any other book with normal printing paper. The leather is so soft and smooth.”

Contents of this highly improved paragraph-version of this book are outlined in this way:

Editor’s Introduction


Epistle dedicatory

The Translators to the Reader

The Names and Order of all the Books of the Old and New Testament

and the Books called Apocrypha

  1. The Old Testament
  2. The Apocrypha
  3. The New Testament


David Norton is Reader in English at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. Norton is author of A History of the Bible as Literature (1993) revised and condensed as      A History of the English Bible as Literature (2000). He wrote A Textual History of the King James Bible as a companion volume to the New Cambridge Paragraph Bible.