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Catholic Bible-RSV Paperback – December, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 845 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press (December 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898708346
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898708349
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (337 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

This beautiful bible is also available from Ignatius Press in a leather hardcover edition and a flexible bonded leather cover edition. These leather covers feature the same iconography of Christ and the Four Evangelists as the paperback, but beautifully crafted in gold-foil stamping.

Customer Reviews

The soft cover makes it more flexible to handle.
Hitana
The Revised Standard Version 2nd Catholic edition is a very accurate yet easy to read translation.
Rolf F. Trondsen
Beautiful Catholic bible from the One, Holy, Roman, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
Fidel Valenzuela

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211 of 214 people found the following review helpful By Jamie on March 27, 2006
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I have been using the old edition of the Ignatius RSV for two years. I love the text, but the format was horrible. When I heard this one was coming out, I was hoping for a good improvement over the last one. And it didn't disappoint me!

--Better-quality paper

--The asterisk notes are on the bottom of the page, not at the end of the Old/New Testament

--The margins are wider and perfect

--The font is more appealing

--Section headings

--Nicer cover design and better cover material

--Ribbon to mark page

--Each book starts on a new page

--Color maps at end of Bible

They also changed "thou" to "you," but the rest of the text is exactly the same as the beautiful RSV first Catholic edition. Definitely worth the money!
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400 of 412 people found the following review helpful By Lance E. Goldsberry on October 18, 2006
Format: Leather Bound
I am an ardent lover of the RSV bible. It has been my bible of choice for nearly 30 years. With the second Catholic edition, archaic language has been removed, and thus the RSV SCE is an excellent alternative for Catholics to the NAB and NRSV. I give the RSV SCE 5 stars.

I very much like that the designation, "Only Son," has been replaced by "Only Begotten Son" in John's gospel. This conforms more closely to our Nicene Heritage. I don't like the translation, "Only Son," as most modern versions have, even though that translation has merit.

The RSV SCE offers some welcome concessions to the Catholic understanding of the text. I mention two: 1) The Angel's greeting to Mary in Luke 1:28 is rendered as "hail, full of grace,the Lord is with you" rather than "Hail, O favored one, the Lord is with you!" as in the original RSV. 2) Isaiah 7:14 uses the word "Virgin" rather than "young women" as in the original RSV. This change is legitimate, even though the Hebrew simply has "young woman." The Bible of the ancient Christian community was the Greek Septuagint, which was considered inspired in its own right. The Septuagint uses the word "virgin (parthenos)" in Isaiah 7:14.

One might hope that eventually, the RSV SCE will replace the New American Bible in all Enlish language Catholic liturgies, both here and abroad. Some Churches are already taking advantage of the RSV SCE. The new RSV SCE Lectionary has been approved for use in the Roman Rite by the Antilles Bishops Conference. The new Ukrainian Catholic Divine Liturgy Service provides New Testament quotes from the Revised Standard Version, Second Catholic Edition. The RSV SCE is literal, literary, and reliable.
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73 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Wayfarer on June 5, 2006
Format: Leather Bound
The Revised Standard Version - Second Catholic Edition (RSV-2CE) is an updated version of the 1966 RSV-Catholic edition. Important changes from the original Catholic edition have been highlighted by some of the reviewers, but they generally fall into either of 2 principles: (i) removing archaisms, such as "morrow", "thees" and "thous", from the much of the text (except the Pater noster), or (ii) adjustments in favour of the Nova Vulgata as requested by Liturgiam authenticam.

The revision had great promise, but unfortunately the second principle was not followed consistently in my opinion. While they changed "cup" to "chalice" in the Last Supper narrative found in the three synoptic Gospels and in St. Paul's 1st Letter to the Corinthians (11:23-26), it retained "cup" in the other places where the word refers to the cup/chalice of the Eucharist (10:16 and 11:27-28), leaving the reader puzzled as to the difference in terms in these cases. Similarly, while it is laudable that the RSV-2CE made some changes to Sirach to follow the Nova Vulgata, such as the inclusion of 1:5, 1:7 in the main biblical text rather than in the footnotes, it left out many (if not most) of the other unique verses found in the Nova Vulgata that were not translated in the original RSV-CE. It appears that the RSV-2CE is faithful to the second principle only for texts that are used somewhere in the Lectionary; perhaps the editors of the work simply took changes made by Rome to their edition of the RSV Lectionary and pasted them wholesale into the biblical text. The excellence of the text is therefore uneven: better than the RSV-CE no doubt, but likely to leave readers who want a Bible translation that presents the fullness of the Latin biblical tradition unsatisfied and disappointed.
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210 of 233 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Mccormick on March 31, 2008
Format: Paperback
I was very excited when the RSV-CE second edition was published a few years back. It seemed like it would be the perfect Bible for Catholics, however I must say that I found myself not completely satisfied.

The Good Points:
1) The translation has been updated and altered slightly, in particular the removal of the "thees" and "thous". They also made good alterations to such passages in Matthew 16 and Isaiah 7.

2) The cover is beautiful.

3) The inclusion of maps at the back is much needed.

4) They added chapter headings.

The Bad Points:
1) Depending on the lighting of the room, I find the paper and page lay-out to be difficult to read. (BTW, I am not old nor do I wear glasses)

2) There is no information provided to tell the reader which changes were made to the text.

3) I am surprised that there are not any editional study helps, like a concise concordance or Mass Readings or Dei Verbum.

Ultimately, is this edition better than the older editions of the RSV-CE? Yes! But it is certainly not ideal in my mind, and could have used some additional study helps and a list of the Mass readings.
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