Holman KJV Ultrathin Reference Bible
Holman Bible Publishers, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4336-0547-5 Indexed
We received this Bible in August of 2014. Its compact size combined with a
reasonably-sized font make it a good Bible for carrying to church services or
The cover is brown genuine cowhide. Our copy is thumb-indexed. For this particular
Bible, we recommend the non-indexed edition for reasons which will be seen below.
For those who prefer a KJV with the older spellings associated with the 1769 edition,
Bible is very close. In the spot-checking that I did, I noticed that the British
spellings are retained ("colours" instead of "colors," "vapour" instead of
"vapor," etc.). "Saviour" is retained over "Savior." "Alway," where it was used
instead of "always," has been retained. "Throughly" was left in every place I
spot-checked except Genesis 11:3, where it was changed to "thoroughly." We have
"shewbread" on the table, and the temple that Solomon built is "exceeding magnifical"
(1 Chron. 22:5) and "wonderful great" (2 Chron. 2:9). In the places where I
spot-checked, Sion, where used, has not been changed to Zion, and where the
spellings of proper names differed in the New Testament (i.e., Noe for Noah,
Esaias for Isaiah, Elias for Elijah, etc.), they have not been changed.
Click on the images at the left to see the full-sized photos
Here is the front of the box. The back of the box is blank.
This is a no-nonsense Bible without a lot of features, but it does have a few
other features that are not listed on the box.
A view of the Bible closed.
Here is a view of the closed Bible from another angle.
The index tabs are black for the Old Testament and red for the New Testament.
If a publisher is going to do red lettering, this - in my opinion - is the way
to do it. Notice how the lettering is distinct, but is tinted in such a way that
it is not glaring. It's more of a brownish-red, and it is consistent throughout,
rather than being lighter in some places and darker in others.
This photo also demonstrates that the type, as stated on the box, is indeed
The red lettering even looks good on pages that are ALL red letter text.
The center-column references are arranged such that those for the left column of the text
are grouped at the top of the page, and those for the right column of text are grouped at
This Bible does not have the variant readings or literal renderings found in some
editions of the KJV.
Not up on your King James English? No problem! This Bible has a glossary to
help you! It's also got a concordance, a simplified Harmony of the Gospels,
tables of Jesus' parables, miracles and predictions, and prophecies of the Old
Testament and of Jesus' second coming.
In the early days of bookbinding, bands along the spine were an artifact of the
bookbinding process, caused by cords passing underneath the leather. Now,
they are purely decorative. Some Bibles, such as the
Thompson Chain Reference Bible on the bottom, add embossments. The NKJV Wide
Margin Bible (in the middle) has raised the leather to form the bands, but if
you push down on the bands, the leather will flatten. The bands on the KJV
Ultrathin Reference Bible are much more substantial, and are solid. They don't
flatten out when you push down on them.
This photo shows how easily this Bible fits in an average-sized hand for
Here's another photo showing the size of the Bible, when closed, relative
to my hand.
This Bible even fits nicely in one hand when open.
Here's another photo showing the size of my hand in relation to this Bible.
Here's how the KJV Ultrathin "stacks up" to some other Bibles I have carried. From the
top down, we have a Zondervan Compact Reference Bible, a Thompson Chain Reference Bible
(Handy Size), the KJV Ultrathin, and a Scofield Reference Bible (1967 Edition).
Here's a side-by-side comparison of the KJV Ultrathin with the Zondervan Compact. Though both
are quite readable, I found the Holman Ultrathin a little easier to read.
Here's a side-by-side comparison of the KJV Ultrathin with the Thompson Handy Size.
The Ultrathin doesn't have as many features as the Thompson, but that allows space
for a larger and more readable font.
This Bible is printed in China.
The following photos show that, in some places, the text is so crammed together
that there is very little space between words. The examples below show
2 Samuel 15:15, 15:36, 17:25, 2 Kings 16:3 and 2 Corinthians 11:9. This was a
little distracting to me at first, but I soon grew accustomed to it and don't
really notice it anymore.
The only defect we found in our copy concerned the thumb cut for the concordance.
It actually cut into the text of the last few pages of Revelation, and in one
case shaved off one of the superscripts for a cross-reference (see the third
In addition, you can see in some of the photos above that this Bible
has narrow margins on the sides, so that the indexing cuts very close
to the text in some places. For this reason, and to avoid the possibility
of the defect we have in our copy, we recommend getting a non-indexed copy
if you don't really need the indexing.
This Bible DOES have a LIFETIME WARRANTY against defects.
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