Item description for The Catholic Bible, Personal Study Edition: New American Bible by Heisberger Jean...
The Catholic Bible: Personal Study Edition, an introductory one-volume study Bible, presents essential biblical information in an innovative new style that makes concepts easily accessible to those reading and studying this work for the first time. Prepared by a group of renowned Catholic educators, The Catholic Bible: Personal Study Edition includes the most popular features of the acclaimed Catholic Study Bible, including background essays, lectionary, maps, and a built in self-study system. Over 400 pages of study materials include a general introduction and guide to usin the volume, plus guides to each book of the Bible. The unique "Reading Guide" system keys these study materials to the New American Bible text. The inviting book design includes many charts, maps, special feature sections, and suggested study questions to lead readers easily into an increasingly in-depth exploration of the text. Along with these innovative study materials The Catholic Bible: Personal Study Edition contains the complete text of the New American Bible, including the revised Psalms, a glossary of biblical terms, and all Sunday Lectionary readings. These enlightening study aids are perfect for readers exploring the Bible on their own as well as for students, religious educators, and members of adult Bible study groups.
* An innovative approach to beginning Bible study
* A one-volume self-learning tool, with notes, essays, maps and more, all keyed to the Bible text.
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Studio: Oxford University Press, USA
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.34" Width: 7.03" Height: 1.93" Weight: 3.57 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 1995
Publisher Oxford University Press
ISBN 0195284194 ISBN13 9780195284195
Reviews - What do customers think about The Catholic Bible, Personal Study Edition: New American Bible?
Another Good Bible... Feb 15, 2007
Im not much of a christian, and I do not really study the bible. This version is particularly usefull if you really do want to know the history and culture behind the writings. In the beginning of the book is a readers guide that is referenced from within the text of the bible itself. Anytime there is something that may be elaborated, weather it be a piece of culture, or an explanation of the passage, it is referenced to the readers guide. Not bad for around 25 dollars.
Not the Best Jun 14, 2004
I gave this bible 2 stars because it is the "official" translation used at Mass in the USA. And that's the only reason. The notes definitely are mild historical/critical in nature with no "life application" (How does this verse, passage, book help me to live for God). It is typical of what we receive in our parish homilies - beige. No fire. Academic. After reading the notes one could wonder why the Bible is such a best seller.
I think it was an honest attempt to make the Bible accessible to more people in the parishes. I think the editors would have done far more good had they used the style of the "Life Application Bible" series and just 'tweaked' it for the Catholic audience.
If your studying the BIble academically this version may help you a bit. If you are approaching the Bible to have an encounter with God - and your new to Bible Study - perhaps The Life Application Bible would be of greater service.
The recommended Catholic Bible Jun 28, 2002
Most church authorities in America recommend the New American for those wishing to study. As with most Catholic bibles it is translated from the Greek rather than the Hebrew, even in the Old Testament. It also contains five apocryphal books that were removed by Martin Luther when he instituted Protestant reform of the Catholic Church. For a practicing Catholic, or someone who is interested in the bible in general it is a good edition, and comes in different sizes and formats. However, it does not match the poetry of the King James Version, or the Jerusalem Bible. (The Jerusalem Bible is the Catholic poetic Bible from Vatican II.) This Bible is an excellent example of scholarship.
The Catholic Bible Mar 12, 2002
I am just merely responding to the person who wrote that the Douhay-Reims Bible is no longer available. It is available and in print and a very good bible to read. I cannot truly rate this book as I have not read it, but wanted to correct the information that the person before me erroneously stated. Thank you.
A reasonable edition Sep 13, 2001
First of all, I found this edition to be a reasonable study edition for anyone interested in personal study. The introductions and reading guides are quite useful, as are the footnotes. The footnotes are on the same page as the text which makes them very convenient. Also, the lectionary readings for all the Sundays and major feasts are included, a useful plus.
Second, although I do not want to get controversial here, I want to comment on a previous review which confusingly refers to the Douay-Rhiems(DR) version as an acceptable alternative. This version is not available in its original form, except perhaps in some reference libraries. I presume the reviewer is referring to the Challoner (~1750) revision to the DR, which is commonly available. The Challoner revision was already described as "inadequate" by the Catholic Bible Association(CBA) in the early 1940's, so recommending it in 2001 is strange. Since then, much better Catholic Bibles have appeared, including this one.
Response to subsequent review: The reviewer is mistaken. The original DR version is truly not in print anywhere. If she will review the publication information on the edition she is refering to, I am certain she will find it is not the original. Most probably it is the Challoner revision. Or she can read the article in the 1913 edition of the Catholic Encyclopedia. Since she provided neither a publisher nor a date for me to check on, I cannot comment any more specifically than this.