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The Ignatius Bible: Revised Standard Version - Second Catholic Edition

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A completely new design and typeset edition of the popular Ignatius Revised Standard Version-Catholic Edition Bible, with minor revisions to some of the archaic language used in the first edition. This revised version is a contemporary English translation without dumbing-down the text. This second edition of the RSV doesn't put the biblical text through a filter to make it ...more
Hardcover, Second Catholic Edition, 1096 pages
Published December 30th 2005 by Ignatius Press (first published 1946)
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We did it! Dear husband and I took our pastor's challenge to ‘read the Bible and the Catechism in a year’. We began on the 4th of February last year and we followed this guide a handy little fold-out which you mark off as you go. We would read a couple chapters from the Old Testament, something from the Wisdom literature, followed by the New Testament and several paragraphs from the Catechism each night. In the beginning we doubled up in hopes of doing it in a 1/2 year. It ended up we missed mor ...more
Nov 28, 2013 Miriam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This was the edition of the Bible used by my theology professor in college. It seems to strike a good balance between being pretty accurate translation and still reasonably well-written, and it has good footnotes, especially for things like cross-references between books of the Bible and possible alternate connotations of words.
Sep 11, 2011 Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
After studying all 73 books in 4 years of Biblical School, two primary conclusions:

1. There is no possible way dozens of human authors could weave together this love story in such intricate fashion, over the course of 1,500 years, without inspiration from God. The connections, with Jesus Christ as the climax, are endless.

2. This is a profoundly Catholic book. To separate it from the Church founded by Jesus Christ Himself is to cut off its life. And to accept this book but not the Church that pro
Dec 27, 2015 Orchid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
Why yes, yes I did read the ENTIRE Bible this year.
Yan Ran
Read the Book of Genesis for a literature module
Dina (ReviewTime)
To view the photos at their full size click on "see full album". Then move your mouse over the photo, your mouse pointer will look like a little magnifiglass, then click the photo. The photos at their full size are pretty detailed. These photos were taken the date I published this article. I've owned this Bible for almost a year, and it still looks brand new. I've been using this Bible several times a week, along with my Chronological Study Bible for study. I'm impressed that this tiny Bible has ...more
Tony Laplume
Feb 10, 2014 Tony Laplume rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read through the Bible for the very first time, did a thoroughly scholarly approach insofar as I took notes on all the aspects that interested me beyond a strictly religious matter (results not to be regurgitated here). (Although I did plenty of note-taking on all the ways the Old Testament parallels the New Testament, too.) Suffice to say, very interesting results. Along the way I discovered some truly good reading hidden within this massive collection that most people probably would never even ...more
Jean-Pierre Vidrine
As one who is of the faith, it is more than a little strange to be critiquing the Bible. But, man of faith that I am, I am with all things myth and Bible a strict non-literalist. Indeed, I consider the latter no different than the former. This critique will mostly be about the annotations of this particular edition.
While the translators and scholars are good about pointing out how words and phrases can differ in some translations, and are good here and there at noting when the ascribed author of
Jul 09, 2012 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Revised Standard Version is an excellent translation. It combines the classic structures of the King James Version, phrases and elements that have become part of the fabric of our lives and history, with a modern clarity, and removes archaisms. I set out to read through it in one year, and it's not far off to say that it's been life-changing for me. A small example -- until going through it in its totality, I didn't really have a feeling for the prophetic voice. What's more, it's kind of add ...more
Sep 05, 2013 Bob rated it it was amazing

This is a book you cannot put down. The Bible is the world's most read book by far. The Revised Standard Version is one of the easier and better English translations. The Bible was written as separate works by numerous authors over a period of more than 1,500 years, but it miraculously acts as a single story. There simply is no greater literary work in human history.
Thomas GOSSE
Feb 15, 2016 Thomas GOSSE rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: orthodoxy, bible
In my opinion the original RSV is the best English translation of the bible available. This version has all the deuterocanonical books accepted by Catholics (but not all those accepted by the Orthodox Church.) Isaiah 7:14 is accurately translated according to the Septuagint: "Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel."
Nov 07, 2009 Adam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Generally regarded by scholars around the world to be one of the most accurate translatios of the Bible into English. Some editions (such as the NRSV) even include those books found in the Orthodox and Eastern Scripture Canons, making it ideal for students of theology and history. The language is highly static and therefore more difficult to read smoothly. The best choice for Seminary classes and more advanced Biblical scholarship.
Read the Revised Standard Version of the Bible (yes, the whole thing) when I was about thirteen. Had read parts of the New Testament previously and, like many of my generation, grew up hearing Bible stories everywhere. Remember being impressed by the huge flow of history found in the first half of the Old Testament. Didn't realize that Genesis to Esther was one continuous narrative.

A very good read.
Anthony Ventrello
What can more can be said that hasn't already been said? It's the Bible! The greatest and the best-selling book of all-time? My spiritual guide book for all paths in life!

Unlike the Protestant Bible, this one has some extra books! The Book of Tobit is totally awesome! It's too bad the protestants are missing out! But then again, we Catholics have a lot of stuff they don't have: the blessed Virgin Mary, the Saints, etc. etc. You almost feel sorry for them. Almost.
John T Eivers
Dec 15, 2016 John T Eivers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book of life.

The Bible consists of two testaments , the old and the new. I found this version easy to read and understand.
Jan 09, 2011 Jessica is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Started: 1/17/11 - Godspeed to me!

Thoughts thus far: for being "flesh of my flesh" women are treated less like people and a step below cattle, virginity can be taken or left and being barren is ALWAYS the women's fault... aka it's always the soil, never the seed.

I can see why God sent Jesus. And why Jesus' best friend was a woman.

Lindsay Wilcox
The best Catholic translation of the Bible available. It lacks archaic and inclusive language, but retains all the beauty. The cover illustrations and typeface are beautiful aids to study.

(originally posted 2008-01-10 01:15:47)
Apr 29, 2008 Danielle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the Holy Book, a must read for every breathing human. The incredible thing about it is that you can read the same paragraph over and over and you will gain a different or deeper insight every time. Beware this book could turn you around 180*
Derrick Gibson
This is a decent translation that I would recommend to anyone to read for studying and personal devotion.
Oct 06, 2010 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished reading through the NT again so now I'm starting at the beginning, the very beginning; Genesis and am going to read through the OT again.
David Farel
Dec 16, 2011 David Farel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
A good book with a good author, who is most definitely not anonymous. ;-)

Apparently it's also a very good translation.
zaK young
Dec 28, 2007 zaK young rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like a good story
blood, sex, lust, avarice, prostitution, greed, masturbation, talking donkeys, walking on water, death, destruction, dismay, dismemberment, hatred, love, resurrection of the dead, life everlasting
Jul 29, 2014 Lamsouth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like this interpretation more than the New American Bible. It is a little more elegant in its wording as the NAB is simple and basic.
Rachel Noffke
Oct 12, 2008 Rachel Noffke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All Catholics
Well, what can I say? It's the Bible and this is absolutely the best version out there for Catholics by far! Read this one! Not the NAB! Endorsed by Mother Angelica, too!
Feb 24, 2017 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: catholic, classics, 2017
It took me longer than a year to finish the bible. There were some books that I didn't understand, some that were difficult to finish, and some that I kept going back to over and over again. I learned that I loved Psalms and Sirach and that I should probably take a class to understand St. Paul's writings. My appreciation for the Old Testament is so great after this read. Was it St. Jerome who said "Ignorance of Scripture is Ignorance of God"?
Eric Williams
On the one hand, this version has major problems. First of all, the original translation was made by heretics, who most likely don't agree with the Catholic Church on any issue. Second, while trying to create a common translation is (I suppose) a worthy endeavor, the Church already has a common Bible, the Vulgate.

However, to give this edition its due, there are several features which I do like over the Douay-Rheims Bible. For example, it puts Esther 10:4 to 16:24 back in their original places in
Oct 14, 2015 Jimmy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: catholic
This is supposed to be a Catholic version of the Bible, but I found several problems with this. For example, it mistranslates Genesis 3:15 as "he shall bruise your head and you shall bruise his heel", when the pronoun should be "she/her". The explanatory notes for the first two chapters of Genesis make it sound like this passage is compatible with Darwinian evolution. The notes for chapter 6 all but call Noah's flood a myth ("The writer may be using an old story or myth . . ." and "It is, in pla ...more
Sep 29, 2008 Gilbert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Gilbert by: a college class introducing the New Testament
Shelves: spiritual
I used this copy to read the entire Old Testament in a little less than a year.....I don't recommend doing that, and I wouldn't do it again.

This particular edition is not too useful...there are not many explanatory notes, and no subheadings throughout the book which makes it difficult to find a favorite passage unless one has memorized the verses.

The good thing about this edition is that it's portable, and from what I'm told, the RSV is a translation that most scripture scholars prefer to cite f
Aug 07, 2007 Joe rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A narratively redundant, intellectually insulting, and suffocatingly narrow-minded work of fiction, I just don't buy it. It's not even well written as the authors chronically resort to weak analogy and condescending monologue. For an omnipresent, all powerful creator, this "God" character (and subsequently his (holy) ghost writers the apostles) has little talent to speak of save his exhausting prolificacy and penchant for preachiness. Honestly, a box of Corn Flakes has more meaningful dialogue a ...more
Jan 12, 2014 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yhwh
This is my sixth or seventh year reading a new translation each year. This year I chose the RSV. It has some archaic thee, thou, thine and similar terms. I found myself automatically translating those words to more common terms as I read.

The translation seems to do a nice job, but it's not the easiest translation I've read.
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