This is the first in what I hope will be an ongoing series of reviews of various Bibles that I own. I hope to highlight some of the pros and cons of each Bible as well as give a general overview of that specific Bible in hopes of helping others who may be looking to buy a new Bible. It should be stated that all opinions are mine alone and that I often hold views about what makes a Bible good or bad that others do not agree with. THE OXFORD BREVIER BLACKFACE KJV Published by Oxford University Press, Oxford, England ISBN 0-19-111602-5 This Bible is bound in black French Morocco Leather and measures 7.5 x 5.25 inches and is 1.25 inches thick. French Morroco Leather is often considered a cheaper alternative to a calfskin or goatskin binding, but in the case of this Bible it compares very well to most of the calfskin Bibles that I own. The leather is quite soft and has a pleasant buffalo grain texture to it. The Bible also will lay open at any point which is a real plus when doing Bible study. One of the failings of this Bible is that it only has one ribbon marker, I believe all Bibles should have at least two and I prefer three. I do not believe this exact edition is still avaliable, but similar Bibles can be purchased from Allan & Sons Ltd. of Glasgow, Scotland in their own custom binding. The typeface used in this Bible is self-pronouncing and tends to give the pages a slightly cluttered look. In addition, the typeface is old fashioned, it reminds me of what you might expect from a Bible printed around 1890 to 1910. I like that look, but I do understand that not everyone feels that way. It should also be noted that the Scripture text is on the small side, but it is also very bold, so I do not find it difficult to read at all. The same can not be said for the center column references which are so small that I have a hard time seeing them (and I have better than 20/20 vision). One of the features of this Bible that I really enjoy is the 324 page "Oxford Cyclopedic Concordance." In addition to being a concordance, it also contains many other helps, lists, charts and pictures. It makes for very interesting and educational browsing. The reader will be informed on plants, animals, Bible chronology, manners and customs, weights and measures, coinage, Jewish sects et cetera. One of the things that is very important to me in a Bible are the maps. I like knowing the where and when of what I am reading about and find that it helps me to put the events of Scripture into their proper context. There are 16 pages of maps at the back of this Bible with a total of nine maps and there is an index to the maps. I find the maps themselves to be a little dated and they do not cover as many themes as I would like. While they are useful, they are far from the best avaliable.