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New American Bible: Official Catholic Bible

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The user-friendly (5 " x 8") size, flexible, durable paper cover, and handy edge-marking index make Catholic Book Publishing's St. Joseph New American Bible Revised Edition Medium-Size Student Edition ideal for schools, CCD, and study groups.
1394 pages
Published 1991 by Catholic World Press (first published 1899)
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Dec 01, 2007 Greg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Humans.
Bring the hate. This translation is standard issue for anyone doing anything remotely "scholastic" in Catholicism - if you want pretty, go for the King James, if you want accurate, go here. I still have the now duct-taped-together copy I was issued in 1996 when I started Catholic High School. I've read the majority of it at least 3 times per book since then, and it's still (Sort of) in one piece.
One important thing to note is that there are several flat-out errors in the King James that this cor
Apr 28, 2008 Sylvia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: you
Recommended to Sylvia by: Jenna Keith (90 Day Challenge)
I took the challenge and read the entire Bible cover-to-cover in exactly 90 days. It was one of the most spiritually gruelling and intense experiences of my life. I learned so much about God, myself, and everything in general. I couldn't even begin to sum up everything that I got out of it. This is the ultimate book of all time! I'll be reading it until I die. I can't recommend it enough. It's God's Word, after all. ;-) One hundred stars.
How can I really even review this? It's the freaking Word of God! I am a Catholic and proud of it, so I cherish this book. I don't read it as much as I should, I will admit, but there is so much the Bible offers us. It offers courage and hope, gives us rules as to how to live our lives right. Most of all, it offers us God. There are some great stories in here as well. I particularly like the women of the Bible: Ruth, Esther, Mary, etc. Esther has to be my favorite. She had courage, possibly mor ...more


I am surprised by the amount of violence in the Bible.


The purpose of the writing is instructional. Job is a prosperous and pious man of some fortune. He loses his family and property suddenly. We are told however that before this happened one day Satan challenges God by telling that Job’s blameless and upright life would not hold up to misfortune. God let’s Satan take away all that he has as long as he does not lay hands on him. Job however does not complain against God. He says
Do people give religious books higher ratings because they really enjoyed reading them or because they don't want to be penalized by the Almighty when they die for not giving the Bible five stars on a review site?

I received this Bible as a senior in high school and yes, I've read it cover to cover. This being a Catholic version, there are additional books included which other Christian denominations don't consider part of the traditional canon. The translation is very straight-forward and easy t
I started to read the Bible straight through from the very beginning in early February, but I wasn't sure whether - or how - to list it on Goodreads. I wondered how I can possibly rate it. Would giving it a rating mean that I, as a mere mortal, was attempting to judge the work of God Himself and the countless ancient authors and editors He inspired? Or would it mean that I was attempting to judge how this particular translation conveys God's sacred message compared to any other translation? As I ...more
Silvia Abreu
Jun 17, 2009 Silvia Abreu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't have a book list without the most important one included :)
Dina (ReviewTime)
My husband gave me this Bible in Aug of 2007. This is a very nice Bible but I would like to point out that a Companion Edition isn't the same as a study Bible. The notes of a study Bibles are way more in depth than that of a Companion Edition. Personally I didn't find the notes to be very helpful in this edition. That said this is a very fine quality Catholic Bible.

About the binding & cover
The cover is a new type of flux leather, its very soft like the high quality genuine leather Bibles.
Sep 13, 2015 Isabel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
It took me about a year and a half, maybe almost two years, to read the whole Bible. It was an amazing, life changing book. It really sensitized me to Biblical history to understand that, truly, generations of prophets from time immemorial have preached to people about the goodness and justice of God throughout salvation history. I got a sense of this trajectory of Biblical history only from reading the whole Bible. A pattern of miraculous instances of God's intervention in human history starts ...more
Well I've done it. Read the whole thing cover to cover. Part of my ongoing quest to figure out what I claim to be when I claim to be Catholic.

No rating because what am I going to say? 5/5 stars! Cause I'm trying to sound holy!

Or 3/5 stars. Pros: conveys the inspired word of God. Cons: really harps on about this Jesus guy.

Or 1/5 stars. really wordy and I didn't like the part about stoning adulterers, homosexuals and people who bang goats.

Instead I just had some overall thoughts that really sta
Jan 27, 2010 Kristy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My husband & I really enjoyed this couples devotional bible. We borrowed it from the lending library at church. It includes a collection of 20+ articles that offer real life advice and understanding for Catholic couples. At the end of each article, there were discussions questions for us to reflect on and share our thoughts with each other. It added a lot of valuable insight to the Sacrament of Matrimony.
Monique Reynolds
Only took me 7.5 years, but I have FINALLY read the entire Bible! Time to start over now...
Kyle Timmermeyer
Jumps around quite a lot, but the stories are classic, and the overarching narrative is as epic as history itself. Featuring my absolute favorite protagonist and (least) favorite antagonist, this is a work of literature I can easily recommend to anyone. A MUST READ!
Doc Ronny Allard
Jan 25, 2008 Doc Ronny Allard rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes to study
Recommended to Doc Ronny by: Nobody, I just read it out of curiosity.
I would be hesitant to say that this is the Word of God. I would also find it hard to defend in an argument/discussion/debate!
Mark Holencik
Apr 20, 2013 Mark Holencik rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual
First time I read the bible completely, I was 37 years old. My life has not been the same since.
Sep 07, 2009 Rosemary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
I try to read and study my Bible each and every day.
It is a bible. For Catholics.
Nov 11, 2008 Marilena marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
One book I want to read!
Mar 23, 2013 Eric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Transforms your life!
Krishna Dixit
Mar 28, 2015 Krishna Dixit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Before I begin, I only read the first book of the Bible, Genesis, to begin both my adventure in learning about God through a primary source and to review this version.

For a budding Christian such as myself, it is mind boggling to choose which of the many versions of the Bible I should begin to read. And I have to say that this version of the Bible is outstanding. Reading texts that are thousands of years old tend to be very confusing. Words change, meanings are muddled, and sometimes the stories
May 30, 2014 Roseann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
love going back to the book and trying to pick daily scriptures. You'd be surprised everything you see on t.v. that may talk about the bible is not what it seems as it is in the bible. I believe the bible gets a bad rap, don't knock it until you have read it and understood it. It is a great bible. It discusses history, passion, faith, and what will come if someone has done something not in tune with their spirit. Follow your soul, follow what is good. Everyone thinks The Book of Revelations is s ...more
Nov 04, 2013 Ami_Ven rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Finally finished, and it's only taken me nine months!

I decided to read this because it's the Holy Book of my religion (christianity) but mostly because I keep hearing people quoting it to support their own selfish or immoral agendas. Because what I found, overall, was either vastly outdated 'laws' (like the one about bats not being Kosher) or actual religious doctrines, found in most forms of christianity, that everyone seems to ignore (Jesus said to love and be kind to everyone, guys, EVERYONE.
Molly Hansen
I bought this particular edition when I wanted a Catholic Bible that would hold up to road travel. This version has not disappointed. The cover is made with black high-quality imitation leather and it has a zipper close. At 5 1/2" x 8 1/8" in size, it packs neatly (even in my day pack). My cover has been exposed to rain, spilled coffee, and bench grit (all of which wiped off easily), and the imitation leather "broke in" nicely. After 5 years of heavy use, the cover still looks great, the gold em ...more
Bojan Tunguz
Oct 14, 2011 Bojan Tunguz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the official translation of the Bible that is used by the Catholic Church in the United States and several other English-speaking countries. The aim of this translation has been to make the Bible more accessible to the modern readers, especially in the context of liturgical use. In that respect the translation has been fairly successful: the language used is standard modern English with North American usage, most of the terminology is straightforward, and many obscure terms and reference ...more
Aug 29, 2007 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was encouraged by my best friend to read the entire Old Testament from start to finish during this deployment (OIF 06-08). Based on my spiritual reformation this year and some friendly competition on how long it would take us to finish it, I signed up and it was super-enlightening.

It is so much easier for me to understand the necessity for Christ after reading the OT. It makes so much sense to me why God decided to have a communion with us in a way we could understand. We failed Him miserably
Jul 06, 2009 Julia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, not much to say about the Bible itself beyond the fact it's amazing, historically, theologically, and spiritually. About this NAB version: I always appreciate some good explanatory notes, and this has plenty of them. In addition, there are fascinating introductory sections to each book that include lots of data on their content and significance as well as their currently accepted authorship based on historical findings.

The "Student" content of this edition is included in the front of the b
Mary Sayler
Dec 08, 2014 Mary Sayler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With this edition of the New American Bible (NAB), students from teen years to all ages of adults will welcome the informative footnotes, colorful inserts of photographs and charts, articles, and additional tools to help us in our Bible studies. More importantly, these study aids help us to connect Holy Scripture with our own lives.

I also appreciated the line drawings throughout the text to show us such items as the Ark of the Covenant as well as colorful inserts of “Biblical Art” and charts on
I don't like the idea of giving the Bible a star rating, because as a believing Christian it's very hard for me to separate the literary merit (with which star ratings are concerned) from the message. So I won't. I can say, however, that I found reading it to be a powerful and enlightening experience. I found something worthwhile even in the books traditionally considered "boring," though it took some conscious effort to find it in some cases. I recommend that all Christians definitely read the ...more
Lisa Bauer
Mar 29, 2011 Lisa Bauer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first read this translation (all the way through!) when I was 13-14, the first Bible I'd read, and I was actually quite taken with it, oddly enough, though that probably has more to do with my enormous interest in ancient history than anything else. I've read several other translations of the Bible since, so I'm hoping I'm at least as qualified to comment on the Bible as Christians who have NOT read it, despite being a nonbeliever! (Mentioned in reaction to some who claim that nonbelievers are ...more
Stephen Brindza
Mar 28, 2014 Stephen Brindza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Admittedly, I have not compared the dozens (hundreds?) of English-language bibles, never making a preference for loose translations vs. etymological parsing of words and phrases. That said, this is one neat paperback with the Catholic/Orthodox apocrypha added in and well-prefaced.
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