{A quick Bible review of the Cambridge topaz king James Bible}

Hi there friend, this Bible review is intended only to be supplemental information for people who are already looking for a Bible. (In no way am I suggesting that anyone needs to go buy another Bible if they already have a trustworthy king James Bible). In addition to that, I want you to know that I don’t horde Bibles, nor do I sell them to anyone.
[A good idea to dispose of your extra Bibles is to donate them to your local retirement home or hospital].

You may be aware of my previous video reviews where I examined the “readability” of several king James Bibles. And my finding was that the Holman KJV (current generation, with the maroon packaging) was my top pick of them all. And I still recommend those Holman Bibles as much as I ever did, they’re outstanding readers.

However, I later found myself desiring more cross references than my Holmans had, and I missed having topical headings throughout scripture. So I went and bought the Thomas Nelson Maclaren Bible (AKA the Thomas Nelson preaching Bible) to scratch that itch. However, I regrettably soon found multiple errors in the Thomas Nelson text.

Here are the errors that I’m aware of so far:

Isaiah 14.12
Footnote “day star” needs to be crossed out.

2 Corinthians 1.24
The verse should contain the word “dominion” (it’s errantly printed with the word “domination”).

Revelation 2.6
The verse should contain the word “Nicolaitans” (it’s errantly printed with the word “Nicolaitanes”).

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Naturally, I couldn’t help but wonder how many more errors that the Thomas Nelson text may contain. And as a result of that uncertainty, I lost confidence in Thomas Nelson products altogether.

So that’s how I came to pursue a new start in my personal king James Bible.

I’d previously owned the Cambridge “turquoise” Bible a couple of years ago, but I didn’t like it (and I gave it away) because of its self-pronouncing text. However I did like its quality-of-manufacture, its abundant cross references, and most importantly, I appreciated that its text was trustworthy.
So with that backdrop in place, I now invite you to consider the Cambridge Topaz king James Bible. A Bible that’s similar to Cambridge’s turquoise Bible (their other large print flagship Bible) in size and quality, but the topaz is superior (in my view) to the turquoise in several ways…

Thankfully, the Cambridge designers of the topaz Bible decided to depart from using self-pronouncing text (which is the bane of their turquoise), and they designed the topaz’s font & scripture layout to be a much cleaner & neater presentation in general than in the turquoise as well. You see, the turquoise is a reproduction of a hot metal press stamping (that occasionally contains slightly smeared and crowded text) while the topaz text is beautifully crisp, and all of its text is thoughtfully spread out. Unlike the turquoise, reading the topaz never gives you the impression that the typesetter had to jam words too close together so that they’d all fit on one line. (I’ll include a few photos of my old turquoise pages in this post so you’ll see what I’m talking about. The blue Bible is the turquoise, while the green Bible is the topaz).

While reading the topaz, I also noticed another pleasant surprise that’s worth mentioning.
It occurred to me that the topaz is perhaps the purest reading experience of God’s word that I’ve ever encountered in a printed Bible. And that’s because (besides its flawless text accuracy), the topaz has no subject headings whatsoever. There aren’t any subject headings sprinkled throughout the chapters, nor are there summaries at the top of its pages. So when you’re reading the topaz, you really enjoy the experience of consuming God’s word without any pollution of man’s input whatsoever.


I was also very pleasantly surprised at the lack of ghosting from such thin paper. It seemed (to me) that this production of French 28 GSM paper has a more off-white/creamy tint than the turquoise’s paper from a couple of years ago. (Both editions use the same French 28 GSM paper as best I can tell).

It has abundant cross references placed on the outer margins of the pages, (keeping God’s word unbroken in four uninterrupted columns), and it includes the translator’s notes at the bottom of the page.
(I reject commentary/”study” Bibles as we know them today, as man so readily pollutes God’s word.
But I don’t regard these type of notes as “commentary,” as they’re notes from the actual KJV translators themselves).

There is one flaw in the presentation of scripture in this Bible though, but I found a way to cancel it out. And that is, at the end of the last verse in Paul’s epistles, Cambridge has included where the letter was written from. (Notes that are usually and rightfully distinguished from the text of actual scripture, similar to Psalms introductions). However, I solved this problem by separating the note from scripture with a blue line from a ballpoint pen (see pictures below).

Well that concludes my review of the Cambridge topaz king James Bible.
If you’re already in the market for a new king James Bible, I believe that the topaz is worth your consideration.
Thank you for sharing some of your valuable time with me, and all glory to the risen Lord Jesus Christ, and no glory to us whatsoever.

Here’s the link to where I got my topaz from: https://evangelicalbible.com/product-category/cambridge-bibles/kjv-2/topaz-reference/

Here’s my video reviews of Bibles:
https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLebeLTowQHYmM8juiGS4QhVRLqxjjIoe2

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The Cambridge KJV turquoise Bible: (I’m sorry that I don’t have more photos of its pages for you, but I don’t have this Bible anymore. So to get these pictures of its pages for you, I retrieved them from an old post of mine)

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Ths Cambridge KJV topaz Bible: