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Catholic New American Bible, Revised Edition [Kindle Edition]

Various Authors , United States Catholic Conference of Bishops
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This kindle version of the New American Bible Revised Edition has been reviewed and approved by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Released on March 9, 2011, the New American Bible, Revised Edition (NABRE) is the culmination of nearly 20 years of work by a group of nearly 100 scholars and theologians, including bishops, revisers and editors. The NABRE includes a newly revised translation of the entire Old Testament (including the Book of Psalms) along with the 1986 edition of the New Testament.

The NABRE is a formal equivalent translation of Sacred Scripture, sponsored by the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, using the best manuscripts available. Work on most books of the Old Testament by forty revisers and a board of eight editors began in 1994 and was completed in 2001. The 1991 revision of the Psalter, the work of thirty revisers and six editors, was further revised by seven revisers and two editors between 2009 and 2010. Work on the New Testament, begun in 1978 and completed in 1986, was the work of thirteen revisers and five editors.

Table of Contents

New American Bible Revised Edition
Preface to the Revised New American Bible Old Testament
THE PENTATEUCH Introduction

The Book of Genesis
The Book of Exodus
The Book of Leviticus
The Book of Numbers
The Book of Deuteronomy

THE HISTORICAL BOOKS Introduction

The Book of Joshua
The Book of Judges
The Book of Ruth
The First Book of Samuel
The Second Book of Samuel
The First Book of Kings
The Second Book of Kings
The First Book of Chronicles
The Second Book of Chronicles
The Book of Ezra
The Book of Nehemiah

BIBLICAL NOVELLAS Introduction

The Book of Tobit
The Book of Judith
The Book of Esther
The First Book of Maccabees
The Second Book of Maccabees

THE WISDOM BOOKS Introduction

The Book of Job
The Book of Psalms
The Book of Proverbs
The Book of Ecclesiastes
The Song of Songs
The Book of Wisdom
The Wisdom of Ben Sira

THE PROPHETIC BOOKS Introduction

The Book of Isaiah
The Book of Jeremiah
The Book of Lamentations
The Book of Baruch
The Book of Ezekiel
The Book of Daniel
The Book of Hosea
The Book of Joel
The Book of Amos
The Book of Obadiah
The Book of Jonah
The Book of Micah
The Book of Nahum
The Book of Habakkuk
The Book of Zephaniah
The Book of Haggai
The Book of Zechariah
The Book of Malachi

Preface to the New American Bible New Testament
THE GOSPELS Introduction

The Gospel according to Matthew
The Gospel according to Mark
The Gospel according to Luke
The Gospel according to John

The Acts of the Apostles
THE NEW TESTAMENT LETTERS Introduction

The Letter to the Romans
The First Letter to the Corinthians
The Second Letter to the Corinthians
The Letter to the Galatians
The Letter to the Ephesians
The Letter to the Philippians
The Letter to the Colossians
The First Letter to the Thessalonians
The Second Letter to the Thessalonians
The First Letter to Timothy
The Second Letter to Timothy
The Letter to Titus
The Letter to Philemon
The Letter to the Hebrews

THE CATHOLIC LETTERS Introduction

The Letter of James
The First Letter of Peter
The Second Letter of Peter
The First Letter of John
The Second Letter of John
The Third Letter of John
The Letter of Jude

The Book of Revelation

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139 of 140 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Review of Kindle Edition June 19, 2011
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I have not read through the entire NABRE as yet; however, the parts I have read are impressive. For example, this is the only Bible of which I am aware (and I have read a lot of versions) that keeps the Semitic expressions of Jesus as "Amen I say to you.." I like the translation of "slave of Christ" as opposed to the less radical "Servant" as well (though many modern versions are now leaning the same way). In some cases, the translation is more exact than the Bishop's notes that introduce the text. For example, "brothers" is kept in the letters of Paul despite the introduction trying to support a more general (and in my opinion, incorrect) application across sexual lines.

Having just purchased a faux-leather bound copy of the NABRE, I was happy to see the version now available for Kindle. The text is currently quite small in the print copies and not easy on the eyes. I find I can read, and do read, the Kindle format with less strain and therefore more eagerness (since you can increase and decrease the font size to your liking). Cross references, happily, actually link to the referenced verses. Navigation is relatively easy from the Table of Contents. (However, I wish all Bibles would have chapter/verse indexes as do the OSNOVA versions such as the NET bible.)

My biggest complaint of the Kindle edition is the decision to put the text of the cross references and notes after EACH CHAPTER instead of either (better) at the end of each book or (best) at the end of the Bible. Breaking up each chapter of the bible with intervening notes and cross references throws off the flow of the text itself and serves to disconnect each chapter from the next.

Still, since the NAB has not been in a digital format accessible on ereaders, this is still a great addition to the Kindle library. The price is excellent and surprisingly low for such a new release.
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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great New Translation June 22, 2011
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This new translation of the Old Testament (with an already updated psalms and New Testament) is terrific. The notes are helpful and extensive. I happen to know several of the scholars who worked on this edition and their hard work really shows. It is a great new Bible and really now stands beside the NRSV and the RSV as a scholarly translation, not just for Catholic use alone. I highly recommend that all serious Bible readers searching for excellence in translations take a serious look at this edition.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Bible on the Kindle August 4, 2011
By xenos23
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The publisher has done this right.

This edition is formatted well, has an interactive table of contents that is easy to use, and has excellent introductions to the sections and books of the Bible.

For those who may not know, this is the official edition of the Bible for American Catholics, and is the translation used in The Liturgy of the Word in the Mass.

The translation was revised to be more faithful to the original text, and yet is a very readable modern English translation (no archaic language.)

Of course, as with all Kindle books, text size is no longer a problem. You can set the font size to be what is easiest to read.

With this edition on your Kindle, computer, iPad, or phone, you need never be without access to sacred scripture.

Highly recommended!
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bible Reading July 3, 2011
By Char
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Getting a bible on my Kindle was one of the main reasons I wanted one. I wanted to be able to have more opportunity to read it. The New American Revised Edition is the same on I have accessed online for papers in the theology courses I have taken. It is also the one recommended by my instructors. So I was pleased to see the kindle edition available. A few things would make it better.

Cons: A complaint noted from other reviewers for other bibles is being able to determine which Book of the Bible and chapter you are reading on each page. It would be helpful to the reader during study/reading. Also when you click on the letter indicating a reference, instead of taking you to the end of the chapter and the list of references, it should just take you to the referred verse itself. That would save a lot of time and energy which is a primary purpose of the kindle.

Pros: I happen to like all the notes at the end of each chapter, unlike a previous reviewer. They provide some good information and what better place to put it? Also the info at the beginning of each book helps improve understanding. The translation, as noted, is recommended by my instructors, and the modern day English which makes it easy to understand.

Definitely one to add to your collection however you study your bible.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By ZugZug
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I just bought this for my wife after seeing her struggling to read the Bible before going to bed. Let's face it...the Bible is a BIG book and it can sometimes be hard to sit in a comfortable position while trying to read for extended periods of time. While this won't replace my physical copy it is much easier to read and carry with me.

For those of you who don't know much about the different translations of the Bible...this is a Catholic Bible that contains all 73 books. Most Protestant translations only contain 66 books after Martin Luther abandoned the books found in the Septuagint and adopted the books that came out of the Jewish Council of Jamnia (90 AD). Until the Protestant Reformation the Catholic Bible was the only edition. Bottom line...Catholics make sure you get a Catholic translation of the Bible (like this one)...Protestants should get this also to enjoy the full array of books that the Catholic Church has been using for the past 2000 years.

I was a little nervous about buying an electronic version of the Bible but after seeing how great it flows on the Kindle I'm glad I got it. There is also the added bonus of installing the Kindle Reader software on your PC and enjoying it from both devices! All this for $5.99...AWESOME!!!
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