New American Standard Bible - Side Column Reference Edition
New American Standard Bible – Side Margin Edition
The New American Standard Bible – Side Margin Edition, is
not actually a study bible, it is a reference bible. A reference
bible does not have notes like a study bible but it does have
other features such as cross references, concordance, and
maps. We are including it on this website for several reasons.
What's unique about this bible?
This bible has to be one of the finest reference bibles that
has ever been created. It has a wonderful, unique page
layout. The text is in a wide column, in verse format, which
gives the page a very open and pleasant appearance. The
cross references, literal readings, and alternate readings are
in a smaller column toward the outside of the page. It has
more cross references, literal readings, and alternate
readings than any bible we know of. The type size for the text
is a generous 11 point. And the font used for the cross
references and alternate readings is much larger than what
you find in almost any other reference bible.
The Lockman Foundation, who owns the NASB translation,
prints the side-column reference edition, and has a long
history of quality construction.
Binding - The bindings are smyth sewn.
(This means that the pages have a strong thread that keeps
them together rather than glue. Most people prefer smyth
sewn bindings over glue bindings.)
Paper - The copy we own features beautiful French paper. It
has no bleed-through and is a pleasure to read.
(Bleed-through occurs when the paper is not as thick or
opaque as it needs to be and you can see the text printed on
the reverse side of the paper. Some people are not bothered
by bleed-through... others find it annoying... and some simply
cannot read text with significant bleed-through.)
Who is this bible best suited for?
Your Age - The NASB Side Margin Edition is primarily suited
for high school age and above. Some individuals of junior
high age will also be confortable with this bible. Many people
would not consider the reading level approprite for middle
school or elementary school children.
Your Style - If you are a person who likes to let the
scriptures “speak” to you without being influenced by support
material written by current biblical experts then this is a great
bible for you. If you like interlinear Greek and Hebrew texts
you will like this translation because more of the Greek and
Hebrew are "visible" than with almost any other English
Your Work in the Church - If you like to use cross
references to help you find passages related to a specific
scripture verse as you prepare for Sunday School lessons,
small group bible study discussions, or for sermon
preparation, this bible has few equals.
Your Background - If you are a person who does not have
a good background in biblical teaching, find scripture difficult
to understand without notes, or just want and use notes
extensively, then this may not be a good choice for you to use
alone as your primary translation. However, using it with
another study bible that has notes and a less literal
translation is a great combination.
Your Vision - If you are a person with vision difficulties the
NASB Side Margin Edition will work well. The text is an easy-to-
read 11 point text. The wide text margin combined with the
verse format (as opposed to paragraph format) provide more
than average amount of white space which further improves
The NASB Side Margin Edition is a great primary bible for
many people. For those who choose a different study bible
as their primary bible, the NASB is a great second bible.
There are times when you want lots of notes and study
helps. At other times, however, they seem like a distraction
and you just want to focus on the scripture text. The NASB is
great for those times.
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