These are somewhat insignificant hopes but they still exist nonetheless. I am hoping that when the revision is released that B&H Publishing will release a non-thinline reference Bible. I still like the basic size of the Foundation Publications large print ultrathin NASB reference Bible (I don’t like that it is verse format, but I don’t mind the size, the paper is great). I wouldn’t even mind if B&H released an HCSB reference Bible that was the size of the ESV Classic Reference Bible.
I prefer a classic reference Bible for study and teaching/preaching. I would be ecstatic if B&H would produce and release an HCSB in a classic reference Bible format. It is a very functional and helpful format. The HCSB Hand Size Giant Print Reference Bible is not a bad size. Yet, I do not care for the Jewel Verse System (which lists a few references after the paragraph). This formatting does not allow for many references to be listed. The formatting also does not allow for a full concordance to be included. I would prefer more references and a full concordance.
I like the formatting of a classic reference Bible. I like two columns of text and a center column set full of cross references. I know that cross references are not important to everyone. I also know that there are many reference Bibles that have cross references that seem to have no logical connection with the verses they accompany. Yet, I believe that Scripture is the best interpreter of Scripture. Therefore, a reference Bible which provides logically connected cross references would be a desirable item for me.
It is possible that I have simply become accustomed to the traditional formatting of a classic reference Bible. It works for me. It is very useful for preaching/teaching and studying the biblical text. I hope that B&H Publishing produces and distributes a classic reference Bible with a full concordance and center column references in a non-thinline format. If such a product is produced if it is anywhere between the size of the Foundation Large Print Ultrathin Reference Bible and the ESV Classic Reference Bible, I will be ecstatic.
I have been thinking about my preferences for new editions of the HCSB revision and I have also decided besides wanting a classic reference Bible, I would also like to see a wide margin, single column reference Bible for the HCSB revision. I would love to have one of each.