Best Preaching Bible? CSB Ultrathin Reference Bible vs CSB Pastor’s Bible

Finding the best preaching Bible for you can sometimes be a challenge. There are a number of things to consider when you’re deciding on a Bible to use when you preach. My hope is that this Bible review and comparison will help you in your search for a new preaching Bible.

Today, we’re going to compare the CSB Ultrathin Reference Bible with black premium leather with the CSB Pastor’s Bible with brown genuine (goatskin) leather.

If you’re not familiar with the CSB translation (Christian Standard Bible), this is their translation approach:

The CSB was created using optimal equivalence, a translation philosophy that pursues both linguistic precision to the original languages and readability in contemporary English. We believe that you don’t have to choose between faithfulness to the original text and clarity. The CSB text has been proven to optimize both, making it ideal for preaching and study, and for sharing with others.

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Now, let’s get to these two particular Bibles.

CSB Ultrathin Reference Bible vs CSB Pastor’s Bible

CSB Ultrathin Reference Bible Exterior

The CSB Ultrathin Reference Bible, black premium leather version has a very soft leather on the exterior. The look, feel, and smell of this Bible’s exterior are truly premium.

The page edge on this Bible is silver which goes very well with the black leather.

The thickness of this bible is .9 inches.

It comes with two different ribbons to keep your place if you are preaching on multiple texts.

Overall, the exterior of this Bible really shines. But for some, the softness of the leather may be a deal-breaker.

CSB Pastor’s Bible Exterior

The CSB Pastor’s Bible, brown genuine goatskin leather version has a stiffer leather on the exterior. The look, feel, and smell of this Bible’s exterior are very good.

The page edge on this Bible is gold which is a good combination with the brown leather.

The thickness of this bible is 1.5 inches.

It comes with three different ribbons to keep your place if you are preaching on multiple texts.

Overall, the exterior of this Bible is really good. The leather could be better, in my opinion but this is a sturdier option compared to the Ultrathin Reference Bible.

Better Exterior?

I believe the CSB Ultrathin Reference Bible with black premium leather wins on the exterior comparison.

But at the end of the day, how you use your preaching Bible will likely dictate your preference between these two.

If you’re like me and you like to pick up your Bible and read from it as opposed to leaving the Bible on your music stand, pulpit, or table then you may prefer the CSB Ultrathin Reference Bible because it is not as bulky as the CSB Pastor’s Bible.

If you prefer leaving your Bible on your music stand, pulpit, or table then you may prefer the sturdier CSB Pastor’s Bible.

CSB Ultrathin Reference Bible Interior

CSB Ultrathin Reference Bible Interior

The CSB Ultrathin Reference Bible has an 8.5 font size that is set in two columns on each page.

The font combination inside this Bible are modern and go well together.

The cross references are displayed in the middle of the page.

The words on the prior page can be seen but this doesn’t seem to affect the readability of the page you’re on.

Overall, the interior of the CSB Ultrathin Reference Bible is very good.

CSB Pastor’s Bible Interior

CSB Pastor's Bible Interior

The CSB Pastor’s Bible has a 10 point font size that is set in a single column on each page.

The font combination inside this Bible are more traditional and go well together.

The words on the prior page can be seen and can somewhat impact the readability. For many people, this won’t be major, but for some, it might be distracting. This picture makes it look more distracting than it is in-person, though.

An added feature in this Bible are the wedding and funeral templates that are found in the middle of the Bible as well as the pastor-focused articles found in the back of the Bible.

Overall, the interior of the CSB Pastor’s Bible is very good.

Better Interior?

There are different things to like about the interiors of both of these Bibles but just based on the interior, I believe the CSB Pastor’s Bible wins.

I love single column Bibles and the larger font is nice.

Better Preaching Bible?

So between the CSB Ultrathin Reference Bible and the CSB Pastor’s Bible, which is better? Which one should you consider purchasing?

It depends on how you plan on using it.

If you like to pick up your Bible when you preach and you don’t have huge hands, you’ll likely prefer the CSB Ultrathin Reference Bible.

If you like to leave your Bible on your music stand, pulpit, or table and want the larger font, you’ll likely prefer the CSB Pastor’s Bible.

What Bible Do You Currently Preach With? Which of these do you prefer?

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Written by Brandon Kelley

Brandon Kelley is the co-founder of Rookie Preacher and the author of Preaching Sticky Sermons and Crucified to Life. He serves as the Lead Pastor of First Church of Christ in Bluffton, IN. He also writes at BrandonKelley.org. You can follow him @BrandonKelley_. Watch his sermons here.

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  1. I’m using a CSB Ultrathin (no references) that I like. I find the 9 point font and leather a nice touch. It seems easy enough to read, but also holds nicely in the hand. I purchased it without the references as it was going to be used specifically for preaching/teaching and I wouldn’t need the references by that point. It’s nice to eliminate a lot of the visual distractions.

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