Brief NLT Study Bible Observations

I won this from commenting on the NLT blog. I was very surprised to get mine this early. Thank you very much to Tyndale.

The dust cover has been removed for these photos. I think they could have done without it. Having the design on the hardcover looks very nice and is similar to what the BECNT and NIVAC commentaries do for example.


The pages are very thin and there is quite a bit of bleed through compared to what I’m used to. I wouldn’t mind if the Bible was 15% thicker with heavier paper but I’m sure even more people would then complain about how the Bible is too heavy and thick. Since it’s a study Bible I think this is just fine and it’s not bad enough to reduce readability. I would trust the publisher knows what people want and struck the right balance. The photo below shows the NIV Thompson Chain Reference Bible and a typical pew Bible so you can see that it’s relatively compact.


I have two other very minor gripes.

The red letter text isn’t quite consistent in color saturation level from page to page. When it’s darker and more saturated it’s easier to read. Maybe in subsequent printings this will be taken care of. Most people probably won’t even notice this. (Sorry I pointed it out.) Of course this could be easily fixed by not having red letters! But we won’t belabor that point.

In the Hebrew and Greek Word Studies, transliterations of the Hebrew and Greek are used without the actual Hebrew and Greek words being shown. I’ve learned the Greek alphabet and would like to see the actual Greek words in addition to the phonetic English transliteration of the underlying word. I look forward to using this feature in any case.


One of my favorite features at first perusal are the Theme Notes. I call them little surprises. They pop up here and there and they’re like a box of chocolates—you never know what you’re going to get. For example, in the middle of Ezekiel you’ll find God’s Sovereignty and Human Responsibility. These are usually a few paragraphs at the most and include Scripture references to the left of the text. This can be seen on page 5 of the NLT Study Bible Features Guide (PDF file) in the lower left.

For a list of reviews please see the NLT Study Bible Reviews Roundup page.

13 Responses to “Brief NLT Study Bible Observations”

  1. 1 Iyov

    You have a serious typo in the title of this post.  Feel free to delete this comment.

  2. 2 mike

    That first picture looks like the binding is glue injected rather than sewn. Is that the case?

  3. 3 Scripture Zealot

    Iyov I will leave your comment here because I appreciate any pointers to errors. That’s the second time I’ve typed NTL instead of NLT and can’t believe I didn’t see it.

    mike I found this on another review from the woman at Tyndale:
    “Yes, I can confirm that the bindings of the NLTSBs are all glued. It’s a strong binding and should last for many years, as long as it’s not mistreated. That said, I do know of at least one person who plans to have his rebound with a sewn binding and high-end leather cover.”

    From: This Lamp comments

    I knew I saw it somewhere so I thought I would track it down so that I wouldn’t be misinforming.

  4. 4 Laura Bartlett

    Thanks for the review. Nice photos, too.  I appreciate the input about the word studies. I’ll consider putting the actual Hebrew & Greek words in the word study index in a later update of the online NLTSB.  Hopefully the Strong’s numbering in the feature helps for now.

  5. 5 Scripture Zealot

    You’re welcome. I’m looking forward to using the online version.

    Right now there isn’t anything there for the URL given for full access. Maybe a temp page could be put there just so we know we’ve got the correct URL. Probably not of great importance because only a few of us have it.

    Thanks for reading.

  6. 6 Stan McCullars

    Jeff, Nice review. Your photography skills are shining through again.I share your dislike for red letters and your appreciation of the Hebrew/Greek word studies.And isn’t Laura one of the most helpful people?!

  7. 7 Bryon

    Jeff,If you don’t mind, what’s the brand and model of your camera?

  8. 8 Scripture Zealot

    Stan, yeah all those NLT/Tyndale people are great including Laura Bartlett.

    Bryon, as a former photographer as an occupation I’m kind of embarrassed to say that my camera is a Casio QV 4000. But it has a Canon lens in it, has manual control and has a PC outlet for external flash which is essential for me and unusual for these cameras.

  9. 9 Gary Zimmerli

    The theme notes are one of my favorite features, too, Jeff.As for the binding, I was aware that it was glued as well, but I am impressed with how well it lays open, nice and flat without hardly any persuasion. I wonder how much of that has to do with the paper itself, and how much has to do with the way it’s glued. I always hate to see any glued book falling apart, but there seems to be very little strain on this binding.

  10. 10 Scripture Zealot

    I know nothing about bindings which is partly why I looked for that quote by Laura Bartlett because I wouldn’t know a sewn from a glued binding much less how long they last. This one didn’t “crack” open which always makes me feel like something broke. I also noticed how flat it lays.

  11. 11 Stan McCullars

    Speaking of the frightening “crack” when opening a Bible, I have a Cambridge REB in French Morocco Leather that makes such a “crack” each time I open it I think the whole binding is going to come loose.I should probably contact them about that. It is unnerving.

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