I just got in the mail my HCSB Ultra Thin Black Grey DuoTone simulated leather.  There is some really good news about the printed edition that had been lacking.  But before I share that let me point out a few things about the layout of the book itself.  Pictures will be coming soon.

I did not buy the calf-skin, but went with the $17.99 as that was much more affordable.  It is sewn bound, which is a big plus.  If later on the Duotone takes a beating I can always pay and have it rebound in the leather of my choice.  The edges have a sliver trim which looks very nice as well.  The font size is not published but trust me it is very readable, the dimensions are: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches which is the perfect size for me and makes it easy to carry around (i.e. church), and to preach from.  It has one ribbon, which I always complain about this, but it should have two, every bible should have two ribbons.  I’m not that impress with the DuoTune, it has a nice matte finish, but it doesn’t feel very well to the touch.  It sort of feels like think paper, like a manila folder???  However, it does look very beautiful.

Now about the Good News.  I own the digital copy on OliveTree, Kindle, and iBooks and none of them have any Bullet notes for the word “Brothers”.  However the printed edition does.  That is a big step for HCSB and a step in the right direction.  Here is what the Bullet item says for Romans 1:13:

Brother(s): The Greek word adelphoi can be used as a reference to males only or to groups that include males and females.  It is the context of each usage that determines the proper meaning.

Fair enough.  Although I still like the ESV footnote better (brings more clarity):

Or brothers and sisters.  The plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) refers to siblings in a family.  In New Testament usage, depending on the context, adelphoi may refer either to men or to both men and women who are siblings (brothers and sisters) in God’s family, the church

By why settle for a footnote?  That is where I prefer the NIV 2011 where Romans 1:13 reads:

I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters…

With the footnote:

The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family

Kudos to HCSB for adding the Bullet note, not my preference but like I said a step in the right direction.