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Catholic Study Bible-Nab

4.46 of 5 stars 4.46  ·  rating details  ·  1,640 ratings  ·  145 reviews
The landmark Oxford Catholic Study Bible is available now an upgraded and revised Second Edition. Completely re-written study notes, expanded essays and sidebars make this bible the perfect choice for study and worship.
The heart of this volume remains its extensive Reading Guide that leads the reader through the Scriptures, book by book. References and background informat...more
Paperback, 1851 pages
Published March 9th 2006 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1899)
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sckenda
Dec 10, 2012 sckenda rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Catholics Seeking to Understand Contemporary Bible Scholarship
This is the third in a series of reviews that I am writing about English Bible translations and about study Bibles. I believe that a working knowledge of the Bible is important, even for nonbelievers, to understand, interpret, and appreciate many of the classics of the Western Tradition. I give The Catholic Study Bible a mixed rating because the study material is of the highest caliber, but the translation does not impress me.

The Translation. The New American Bible translation (NAB) blunts my...more
Joanne Goon
Sep 01, 2007 Joanne Goon rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!!
Short and to the point: This is the best book in the world. It has permanent status as the Number 1 bestseller of every year. More copies are printed of this book than any other book and it's available in over 2,000 different languages and dialects. You can even find one in the drawer of every hotel room! This book features over 40 different authors of every type of background: the richest of kings, the poorest of the poor, songwriters, teachers, poets, prophets, and fishermen. But not to worry,...more
Sylvia
Apr 28, 2008 Sylvia rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Greg
Dec 01, 2007 Greg rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Karl
The Douay-Rheims translation into English of the Christian Holy Bible, essentially a Catholic compilation of separate scrolls by various ancient Jewish and Christian authors (not Anonymous), is probably the best and most accurate of the classic translations into English that is available.

Although the competing King James Version is perhaps better known in the English speaking world, the Douay-Rheims version is a more valuable guide in the English language, short of translating every word yoursel...more
Gabe
The Douay-Rheims Version. Accept no substitutes. When you absolutely, positively have to read every last motherfucking word of God.
Mathew
I was born and "raised" Catholic but basically fell away from the faith. Later I became a Protestant and to make a long story short, I ended up right back over the Tiber.

One of the habits I picked up from my old Protestant days was a love and devotion to Scripture. When I had started I had picked up a New American Bible and for the most part that was okay but even before I realized how heretical the translator's notes were I had problems with their rejection of Apostolic authorship of the Gospel...more
J.M.
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...more
Joseph
The main reason I decided to track my progress on Goodreads was so that I could write a little bit about the translation at the end. Before I got this bible, I'd been reading New Revised Standard Version for a number of years. Both translations have the scholarly muscle behind them, but I found this one more reader friendly than NRSV. The phrasing of difficult passages is a little easier to wade through, and I found it quite refreshing.

If those tricky passages still give you trouble, this editio...more
Joyce
The most accurate (English) translation.

Reading entire Bible in 2015

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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.
Thi...more
St Joseph Treasury
Of all of the modern revisions of the Bible that are now available in the whole of the English-speaking world, The Holy Catholic Douay-Rheims Version is the most accurate and safest version ever produced; it is also the only authoritative Catholic Bible that nourished generations of English-speaking Catholics!

The Old and New Testaments are from the 1899 edition published by the John Murphy Company in Baltimore, Maryland (these texts were wholly revised and diligently compared with the Latin Vulg...more
Lola
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
Victoria Nicholson
I have read all of the new testament in this and parts of the old testament.Classic catholic cultural literature or sacred writing? I believe in Jesus so its sacred writing to me.Right now
Im a quaker who uses roman catholic, eastern-orthodox, coptic writing, and the writing of the early
church writers along with quaker writings. I believe "faith without works is dead"!I may convert
to catholicism, orthodoxy, or the coptic church once Ive gone to all 3 of their initiation classes.
Liberal quakers u...more
Stephen
Oct 15, 2012 Stephen marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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There are two excellent English translations of the Bible, each representing one of the two main strands of documentary history. One is The New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha, Revised Standard Version (1977). It is the clearest and most comprehensive revision of the King James Version, which was compiled and translated from all sources available in 1611. The other is a 2003 Baronius edition of the 1899 Gibbons edition based on the 1749-1752 Challoner revision of the 1610 Douay-Rheims...more
Thom
The Douay-Rheims Bible is the classic Catholic translation of Jerome's Vulgate. Although I haven't spent enough time with it yet, I think that the King James Version reads more smoothly than the Douay-Rheims, as far as old-timey Bible translations go. I'll update this review when I've spent more time with the KJV.

This edition specifically is quite good. Durable cover, gilded pages, single ribbon, family register in the front, prayer in the back. There is also a list of popes and a biblical timel...more
Kristy
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.
Adriana
Moved from the bookshelf to the reading table. I forget how this arrived on my bookshelf, but I like the language, very prose-like for me (a good thing). Introductions to all the books, good footnotes and commentary. My understanding of what makes it 'Catholic' is which books it includes - some that would not be in a NIV, for instance. The good book for quiet hours.
JP
The foundational text for Christianity, a historical and philosophical connection to the early church and to Judaism, and a great work of literature. I first read it in its entirety during a "Through the Bible in a Year" program in high school. Whether one is seeking the basis for Christianity, masterpiece storytelling, or a classic Great Book, the Bible merits its 5 stars.
Barry Smith
Jun 20, 2008 Barry Smith rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all non-communists
This Bible was revised in (the last revision) A.D.1749-1752 and compared with the Latin Vulgate by Bishop Richard Challoner.
Bible is ALIVE with the work of God, its vibrant and includes all the hidden Books. To me its the closest hing to the origional books that I will ever get.
Adam
The first complete translation of the Alexandrine Canon into English taken directly form the Latin Vulgate. Still employs archaic language (such as "thee" and "thou"), which can seem forbidding to young students or first-time readers. Makes a great "coffee-table" or "wedding" Bible.
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!
Kevin Fitzsimmons
Love this translation. Grew up with it as a kid and now I try to find copies wherever I can. It might not be the most accurate translation ever, and the footnotes definitely show their age, but this is a great bible for me.
Kevin de Ataíde
Well, not the large print version, but I still own it. The Word of God. Can I give it less than five stars? It changed my life.
Doreen Petersen
Really good inspiring read! Always wanted to read it from beginning to end. Was always on my "bucket list" of things to do!
Jamie Gilleland
The Old Testament (Exodus and Job) is our second piece of literature we'll focus on in HUM 101: Western Traditions I.
John Greally
Not free of mistakes and let-downs completely - but among the very best and with language that soars
Megan
Awesome. A complete Bible. This Bible has the seven books which are missing in most other Bibles.
Mark Holencik
First time I read the bible completely, I was 37 years old. My life has not been the same since.
Marla
lots of footnotes. not for meditation, but great for understanding scriptural origins.
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