I’m looking to purchase a new Bible. I’m not so dead set on a Catholic edition per-se.
I’m looking for one that is real leather, not bonded. Also it is important that it’s not too huge like the study Bible’s that I own. I’m just looking for one that I could easily throw into my backpack before I head to class and I can use in between classes. But I do not care for a compact size.
I recommend this one. It’s Catholic and, in my opinion, it reads better than other translations. It’s well constructed and feels good in the hand, it’s neither compact nor huge, and it would work well in a student backpack, although you’d probably want a piece of felt to wrap it in. If you don’t go to a fabric store and buy a piece of felt to wrap around it for protection while it’s in your bag, it will get thrashed in your backpack, like all books do. It’s bound in leather, but I don’t know whether it’s reconstituted/bonded leather, but I would guess that it’s not. It feels nice to hold, though, like I said. Also, it opens flat and the typescript is clean and clear, and very easy on the eyes.
To be fair, many Catholics tend to enjoy translations such as the KJV, NKJV and NIV because of their more “conservative” translation choices or stylistic preference, and many of them are available with the Deuterocanon included.
I have an Orthodox Study Bible which is part NKJV. It’s not my go-to source for either regular spiritual reading or reference, but it reads quite well in many places.