It is still a beloved part of my growing Bible collection, because of where and how I got it, but it is one of my least favorite translations so I don’t read it very often now that I’m an adult. The NABRE is also the base translation for Baker Academic’s more substantial New Testament series: Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture. The Catholic Mass was almost 30 percent Scripture. The Lectionary for Mass and other liturgical documents used in the U.S. Church are based on prior versions of the NAB. 1983 - Present. Electronically, it is available on the web at biblegateway.com, as well as in Logos format, where it is available with or without  embedded ‘reverse interlinear’ tagging. It depends on which country. However, in 2018, the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India were able to publish publish an ESV lightly revised for Catholic sensibilities, along with a translation of the deuterocanon: an ecclesially approved Catholic edition of the ESV. Published in 1966, the Jerusalem Bible is a dynamic equivalence translation that closely follows its French predecessor: La Bible de Jerusalem. An oversized giant print edition is slated for release in the summer of 2020 (it is being marketed as “Large Print”, but at 14 pt. Some Catholic women in Britain are backing an online petition that urges the Church’s leadership in England and Wales to reverse their decision to use the “gender-exclusive” English Standard Version of the Bible (Catholic edition), instead of the Jerusalem Bible translation, at mass. * These versions may not be used to produce a Lectionary without the express permission of the Conference. This article presents a basic description of the various English translations used in Catholic Bibles today. Also known as the “Ignatius Bible”, it is published in print by Ignatius Press in limited formats, which tend to be condensed, sturdy, and attractive, utilizing creamy and somewhat glossy paper. The NAB has been criticized as pedestrian by some Catholic intellectuals, perhaps most notably R. J. Neuhaus, but it is a serviceable translation, the revisions have helped, and it is certainly ubiquitous in the American Church. Read the Catholic Daily Mass Readings for Sunday taken from the New Jerusalem Bible (NJB). These readings are typically read from a Lectionary, not a Bible, though the Lectionary is taken from the Bible. In that case you’re a Candidate, not a Catechumen. A Bible is a Bible, pretty much, and translation really comes down to a matter of personal preference. [Top]. A source to read the Sunday Catholic Mass Readings, Gospel Reading for Sunday, 2018 Liturgy, Missal and Bible readings for Sunday's Catholic Mass and Sunday Prayers. Paul Catholic Edition, various formats and editions from numerous publishers, electronic edition of the “Standard Edition” NJB. [Top]. Despite the simplified vocabulary, and plethora of revisions, it is sometimes difficult to follow what the translator is intending to convey in English. (Ecc 8:6), A Guide to Current Catholic Bible Translations, Suggested Bible Study Resources for Catholics: The Basics and a Bit Beyond, A Modest History of Catholic Bible Translations in English, Brief Notes on Major Non-Catholic English Bible Versions, Electronic Versions of the Bible in English, Catholic Bibles: A Modest History of the English Versions, Revised Standard Version—Catholic Edition, Revised Standard Version—Second Catholic Edition, New Revised Standard Version—Catholic Edition, English Standard Version—Catholic Edition, Alba House New Testament/St. However, all the major software platforms carry the standard NRSV w/ Apocrypha, which, again, is essentially the same Biblical text as the NRSV-CE, but with variant book ordering – a distinction pretty irrelevant in a software version. The basic reason is that the Protestant leaders chose to accept only the books of the Old Testament accepted as canonical in Judaism, which they assumed was the Bible used by Jesus and the earliest Christians. Several nice editions are published in print, available in both typical (American) and Anglicized versions. I’m not a fan of inclusive language, but can tolerate it if moderately used. The complete (and renamed) New Catholic Bible was published in 2019. A less compact reader’s edition of the RSV-2CE, sporting a more generous page layout, would be a very welcome addition. A 2012 “International Edition” hardcover is being sold in the USA by Alba House and the Daughters of St Paul. Another oddity: the book order used for the Old Testament was for many years a strange pastiche of the orders of the Jewish Bible and the Vulgate, though this odd ordering appears to have been abandoned in the most recent revisions. The Christian can recognize the biblical nature of Catholic worship in the first prayer of the Mass, the sign of the cross. The 1993 “Catholic Edition” of the New Revised Standard Version is simply the 1989 New Revised Standard Version with Apocrypha, rearranged according to the order of the Catholic canon (with the handful of non-canonical books eliminated). The NAB is a good choice for those whose studies closely follow the Mass or who like a Catholic Bible that is easy to read for daily use. Lastly, there is a 5th edition NAB currently being worked on and slated for release around 2025, which looks like it will utilitize the 2011 NABRE OT, and a fresh revision of the NT. A Catholic edition of the English Standard Version (ESV) has been long wished-for, and is now finally available through the Augustine Institute. I was never given a Bible. A “Second Catholic Edition” of the RSV was released in 2006 by Ignatius Press. Annotations are modest but helpful, and focus on the text. However, in 2015, a 60th edition was available. The giant type edition is predictably quite large, even at 2480 pages – it’s about the size of a typical single-volume Bible commentary. It is a revision of the Christian Community Bible, and is likewise targeted at a readership in missionary lands who speak English as a second language. This rare but worthwhile version is a single-person translation by Mark A. Wauck completed in the early 1990s, most recently issued by Pauline Books and Media, as “The New Testament: St. Paul Catholic Edition”. Oh ok I finally got in contact with my parish priest he said for me to call on Monday. Obviously attuned to the practical liturgical appropriation of the JB text in England and elsewhere, the RNJB follows the practice of the Catholic Truth Society in their edition of the Jerusalem Bible, by incorporating a mildly modified Revised Grail Psalter in place of re-translating the JB/NJB Psalms. [Top]. The ESV is an “essentially literal” Evangelical revision of the RSV published by Crossway, beginning in 2001. It is available in two print editions, designed for either recitation or singing, and is also available online, including a free PDF download, from www.giamusic.com. The NAB and NABRE are not the same. The New American Bible is the most common Bible translation in the United States. The NCB somewhat improves the English of the CCB, and replaces Hurault’s annotations. Free, online editions are available from the USCCB and Vatican websites, and also at biblegateway.com. The NRSV replaced archaic forms of address and obsolete expressions, updated the underlying text with the fruit of half a century of manuscript discoveries, and smoothed out some passages. Economy editions of this version in print appear to be lacking. The 18th-century revision was undertaken by Bishop Richard Challoner of England around 1750, and was a thorough revision of the original work. Now with Google Translator for non-English speakers. edition so far, which can be very difficult to find on the CBP website (it is easier to find on Amazon). Below are three recently published Bible’s from good respected Catholic publishers for prayer and study. Usually marketed as the “Douay” or “Douay-Rheims” version, those editions are pretty much invariably an updated reprint of a late 19th century American edition of a mid-18th century revision of the original “Rheims/Douay” Bible. Some versions available include the New International, the King James, the Good News and the English Standard. The NJB is published in both a Standard Edition (which includes extensive annotations, re-written from the JB) and a Reader’s Edition (which provides minimal notes). I want to get a Douay-Rheims, and a Navarre at some point (which I think is RSV/CE). Its copious, well-regarded notes were translated directly from the French edition. If the Holy See’s changes to the NRSV can be backported into a Bible, I would get myself a premium copy. No electronic editions exist of the text, but an audio (MP3) edition of the New Testament is available on a USB thumb drive. Oh yeah, and full color maps. The challenge, for Catholics, has been that the translation was published by a publisher that had no interest in translating or publishing the Deuterocanon, to put it politely. [Top]. Fidelity to the revealed Word was clearly a translational priority. This combination reflects the official liturgical versions used in most of the English-speaking world. The Rheims/Douay had been a product of the Catholic Reformation, published between 1582 and 1610. Electronically, it is available as an excellent on-line text from New Advent (a three-column parallel format, comparing it to Latin and Greek versions), but it is not, as far as I know, available in any ebook format. Although a modern translation, it retains some archaic word forms, yet it is perfectly understandable, and makes for a good alternate literary perspective on the Scriptures. Likewise, the new name conflicts with the name given by England’s Catholic Truth Society to their edition of the Jerusalem Bible for use in the liturgy. This is a controversial 2008 translation produced in India by missionaries of the Society of Saint Paul. Biblegateway.com provides the translation in both its ecumenical and Catholic formats. It is a revision of the RSV undertaken by the National Council of Churches of Christ, the same body that had produced the RSV half a century earlier. The St. Paul edition entails a unique presentation, with single-column text framed on heavy, colorful pastel pages sporting abundant photos and other graphics, having verse numbering relegated to the center gutter, heading text presented in a bold red, and Old Testament quotations highlighted in a heavy black bold. The RSV-2CE is an outstanding choice of a modern translation for study, but the limitations of available editions remains something of a challenge. Targeted at third-world communities where English is a second language, the CCB can be difficult to find in print in the US, but several print editions continue to be offered by Claretian Publications. It was produced in America by a leading Protestant ecumenical body, The National Council of Churches of Christ. Unlike the Jerusalem and Revised Standard translation families, for which current editions of earlier versions remain available, the previous versions of the NAB were removed from the marketplace by the USCCB each time a revision was published, and they are no longer available, except insofar as they can be found used. The New Catholic Version (or New Catholic Bible) is a high-quality, thoroughly annotated, formal equivalence translation from the Catholic Book Publishing Company (CBP), marketed under their Saint Joseph Edition moniker. The version used at Mass is based on the NAB but has been modified enough that it could be considered its own version. No electronic versions are likely to appear for a while. The New American Bible generally refers to 1st-3rd edition NAB Bibles which came out in 1970, 1986, and 1991. The editorial work bears a clear impress of post-Vatican II liberal academic scholarship. The annotations are refreshingly expository, and the provided cross references are generous in editions that contain them. Catholic Bible 101 - Scripture in the Mass - Catholicbible101 is the website that explains Catholic teachings in plain, easy to understand English. The New Jerusalem Bible (NJB) has become the most widely used Roman Catholic Bible outside of the United States. This revision of the RSV-CE consisted primarily of updating archaic pronouns (thee, thou, etc. I am not a big supporter of the NRSV, but it’s better than the New American Bible in my opinion. I wouldn’t say the translation is too important if you’re studying Catholicism to convert, as long as it’s an authorized Catholic Bible with all the necessary books. If you want to read and study the complete version of the Holy Bible used by Catholics you can download this app with a free version of the Catholic Public Domain Bible. However, most of these electronic editions utilize only the Reader’s Edition content, and lack the more extensive notes. After the Reformation, Catholic Bibles remained … This 2011 Revised Edition incorporates two sets of major revisions published over the years: the revised New Testament (revised in 1986), and revised Old Testament (revised in 2010). Logos/Verbum has an electronic edition of the NRSV-CE available in some base packages, which is tagged with a reverse interlinear, making it an extremely useful study resource. It is the de facto standard Bible translation for the Catholic Church in America. The copious cross-references can be very useful for those who seek to gain a deeper understanding of Scripture, but be sure to get an edition which uses a page layout that makes them easy to decipher and utilize (I’d suggest staying away from “St. The NABRE is the current version of the New American Bible (NAB), published in 2011 by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). It also adds a modest number of cross-references throughout the Bible, albeit more so in the New Testament. [Top]. Readings from Scripture are part of every Mass. The Ignatius Press edition of the RSV-CE has a useful appendix showing the details of those textual changes. The RSV-2CE is also the underlying text for the superb Ignatius Catholic Study Bible project, the New Testament of which was completed in 2010 (the Old Testament is still in progress). The Biblical text is presented in a very generous 11.5 point font with subtle serifs, making it a very easy to read edition. Print versions of the NABRE are available in various formats and editions from numerous publishers. NRSV is the version I received from my Church as a Confirmation gift, or possibly when I was studying to be Confirmed. Some have been given very little help about how to pick a Bible translation, but keeping in mind a few tips will make the decision much easier. A Logos edition is also available, bundled as a package of both the 2010 and 1963 versions of the psalms. I was in Bible collellege at the time. What Bible version is used in Catholic Mass? Interestingly, the Protestant RSV NT was itself revised about 5 years after the RSV-CE was published, wherein it adopted pretty much the same set of modifications as the Catholics had made for this edition. Most people donate because Catholic Online is useful. You mostly will receive the Catholic Answer Bible because it also contains a lot of Apologetics articles and lives of Modern Day saints. typeface, it’s beyond that). Lots of great Catholic links too. they). ), but it also tweaked the text for possible use in the liturgy, in conformity with Liturgiam Authenticam. If you have a copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and a Catholic Bible of any appropriate translation, you should be all set. [Top]. Reminiscent of the Douay-Rheims bible, which was the standard Catholic version for many years, the RSV has “a kind of flowery language, even poetic … Highly recommended as an ancillary text for studying the New Testament. It is the de facto standard Bible translation for the Catholic Church in America. PDFs of all the books are available online from http://ccbpastoralbible.wordpress.com or  http://bibleclaret.org/bibles/. Single-column “Reader’s Editions” of the JB are still available in print in the US, but these lack most of the footnotes. Powered by Discourse, best viewed with JavaScript enabled, : The views and opinions expressed in these forums do not necessarily reflect those of Catholic Answers. As of the end of September 2020, the Ignatius Institute has published new American editions of the ESV-CE in bonded leather, hardback, and paperback formats, bringing the pricing down to a more competitive level compared to the pricing of the previously available paperback-only edition. [Top]. The original name (New Catholic Version) would be abbreviated with the initials NCV, which are already used to refer to a Protestant translation in print for the past 25 years (the New Century Version). The Council of Trent made the Vulgate the official text of the Catholic Church, and our present edition was brought out by Clement VIII in 1592. However, it never really caught on in the States, and was soon eclipsed on both sides of the pond by new translations direct from the original languages. The ISBN-10 is 0819851396. The New Catholic Version Psalms were published in 2002, followed by the New Testament in 2015. Divine Office. However, it is widely available as an electronic text, for both commercial and publicly licensed Bible Study software, as a searchable text on numerous public websites, and for various mobile Bible apps. Much justifiable criticism has been leveled at the NRSV for its liberal implementation of “inclusive language” substitutions, but it is also very highly regarded among professionals and scholars for its combination of accuracy and smooth English presentation. [Top]. [Top]. WE STAND UP . While not widely used in America these days, the JB is still very heavily used across the pond. Show the volunteers who bring you reliable, Catholic information that their work matters. One of two brand-new Catholic translation efforts available is a revision to the New Jerusalem Bible, prepared under the same editor (the English monk Dom Henry Wansbrough of Ampleforth Abbey). If you are asking about the Mass Readings, if it is in English, mostly the translation used is the New American Bible , some areas use the Jerusalem Bible or the Revised Standard Version-Catholic Edition . It is more natural sounding to the modern ear than the earlier 1966 Catholic Edition, without differing substantially from it. This version is an ecclesially approved 1966 “Catholic Edition” of the highly-regarded Protestant RSV translation. It has been adopted as the psalter of the new Revised New Jerusalem Bible. The outstanding Ignatius Catholic Study Bible New Testament from Ignatius Press is also highly recommended for New Testament study. New Jerusalem Bible. Several well-made editions of the DRC are available from print publishers such as TAN/Saint Benedict, Baronius, Loreto, Angelus, and others, including editions suitable for study. The giant type edition moves the annotations from the referent pages to the end of each chapter, and eliminates the independent cross-references listings. The RSV-CE is used as the base English text of the faithful and practical Navarre Bible Commentary, published by Four Courts Press. But Catholics may find it helpful to use the version of the Bible that is used at Mass: the New American Bible. Unfortunately, the JB does not appear to be available in any electronic editions. [Top]. This shift improved clarity and precision, although the editors also adopted some “inclusive language” renderings, which by definition tend toward obscuring the original text in favor of other interpretive priorities. The translation has been updated many times, but an update history is not readily available. Good News Publishers. It would be considered a formal equivalence translation in today’s terminology, but it should be noted that it is an English translation of the Latin Vulgate, not of manuscripts in the original Biblical languages – a distinction that leads some Tridentine die-hards to prefer it to the newer translations. Joseph” editions if you want to use cross-references extensively). Of particular note among print editions of the NRSV-CE is the new Word on Fire Bible, from the evangelizing ministry of the indomitable Bishop Robert Barron. It incorporates gender-neutral techniques somewhat liberally. At Catholic Answers we are often asked which Bible version a person should choose. For official apologetics resources please visit. The Revised New Jerusalem Bible was released in December 2019, about two years after the initial publication of the RNJB New Testament and Psalms. Although not exhaustive, the translations below represent the mainstream in current Catholic publishing, and a bit beyond mainstream. When it comes to the New Testament, I also turn to my Ignatius Catholic Study Bible New Testament which is a RSV/2CE NT-only Bible containing many references to the CCC, extensive notes, many great topical essays, wonderful indexes, and a concise concordance I find myself turning to more often than I imagined I would. An Ignatius Catholic Study Bible Old Testament is being worked on, and a great many Catholics are very eager to get their hands on it when it’s finally done. Amen. This version hardly seems like it can be depended on to provide either a professional rendering of the Greek/Hebrew, or an aesthetically sound presentation of it in English. Which version of the Catholic Bible a person chooses to use is a personal decision. The Roman Catholic Old Testament contains 46 books, as compared to the Protestant Bible’s 39 books, and the New Testament used by all Christians consists of 27 books. The NABRE is also available in both desktop and tablet/mobile editions from the better Bible Study software vendors. The work includes several useful tables and appendices in the rear. When my friend checked the content of his local Bible-based Evangelical church, he was surprised to discover that the total amount of Scripture read took just 3 percent of the service. These would be considered a readers’ editions, supplying very little by way of cross references or annotations, although they do contain a handful of color maps. I already owned a Bible, a Catholic Bible, when I started rcia. The new name (New Catholic Bible) could be easy to confuse with the Catholic New American Bible, and would also be abbreviated using initials (NCB) that are used to name another Catholic Bible, published in America since 2012 (New Community Bible). That challenge was partially met in 2009 after Oxford University Press gained permission to produce an “ESV” revision of the RSV Apocrypha, and published a short-lived Oxford Edition ESV (with Apocrypha). The NAB serves as the base English translation for both versions of Liturgical Press’ light commentary series: The Collegeville Commentary (using the 1986 NAB w/ Revised NT), and The New Collegeville Commentary (using the 2011 NABRE). This is a new, independent translation, not beholden to older traditions, and willing to go against the grain at times, but eschewing the vulgarizing tendencies of many modern translations to flatten the rich vocabulary of Biblical tradition into pedestrian and vague dullness, or to surrender literary precision and clarity to identity politics. This work is very useful as an ancillary version, and a standard or study edition of the full Bible would be a great tool for personal reading or study. The new editorial content of this work (annotations, illustrations, etc.) I was pleasantly surprised to see an ESV-CE edition published in Logos format by Faithlife with the October 2020 release of Logos/Verbum 9. The NIV was introduced to the world in the late ‘50’s by ZONDERVAN publishers. Candidates are those adults preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. 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