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Catholic Study Bible [Paperback]

by Donald Senior, John J. Collins
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September 15, 2011 0195297768 978-0195297768 2
This landmark resource, now available in the NABRE translation, contains all the authoritative study notes, expanded essays, and informational sidebars for which it is known and trusted. The heart of this volume remains its extensive Reading Guide that leads the reader through the Scriptures, book by book. References and background information are clearly laid out in the margins of the text, guiding the reader to a fuller understanding of the Bible.

Other outstanding features include: a 15-page glossary of special terms, complete Sunday and weekday lectionary readings for the liturgical years of the Church. 32 beautiful pages of full-color Oxford Bible Maps come with a place-name index for easy reference.

Printed on smooth, durable paper and bound with the highest quality materials, the Catholic Study Bible is an incredible value. It is available in three attractive and affordable bindings: black bonded leather, hardcover, and paperback.

The New American Bible Revised Edition:

The New American Bible Revised Edition (NABRE) brings to culmination the work of nearly 100 scholars, including translators, editors, and a subcommittee of Catholic bishops who provided extensive review of the biblical text over a period of many years. The NABRE is the first major amendment to the New American Bible translation since 1991. It features:

*The first update of the Old Testament since 1970, taking into account recent archaeological and textual discoveries.
*Complete revision of the Psalter.

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About the Author


Donald Senior, C.P., is President and Professor of New Testament at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.

John J. Collins, Ph.D., is Holmes Professor of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Yale University. He is currently serving as president of the Society of Biblical Literature.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 1949 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; 2 edition (September 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195297768
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195297768
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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75 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful new version, format November 1, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I was excited to see about the updated version, and it's wonderful. For this specific publication, the hardback is nice: sturdy, but lightweight. I love the indents that allow you to search quickly for a book. The type size is good on the text as well as footnotes. I have yet to read the updated introductions to everything, but I like this one even more than the previous editions.

Easy to navigate. Good typesize. Great new edition.

----Edited to include a comparison with the previous version----

I had used the previous version in my high school and college religion courses. Unfortunately, I do not have the older version to compare to directly, so this is all from what I recall.

I found the past edition to be a wonderful resource for comparative scripture reading. The notes draw wonderful connections between parallel texts. As I had said, I have used these in academic settings which are often more progressive. Both versions include new scholarship (as recent as the last five years) and provide a modern perspective. It does focus on the historical critical method within the reading guides, but I think that the notes within the text move away from that. I do believe that all commentary is faithful to Catholic teaching. It does focus on Catholic SCHOLARLY teaching instead of POPULAR Catholic tradition. This bible is very in line with current scholarship in the field which, at the moment, leans towards the more historical rather than I can understand how the H-C method can come across as highly critical/skeptical as it explores natural explanations for miracles (crossing the Red Sea, for example), but it does not conclude that this means that God had no hand in the events.
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72 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Study Bible! January 26, 2012
By GamerXX
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The words at Catholic Mass (Roman Rite) have recently changed! I wanted to buy a new 2011 Bible ("NABRE") that would more closely reflect the new English translations. I didn't know which NABRE Bible to buy, so I bought multiple ones and will continue to add my reviews/comparisons below. (The Bible you are considering on this post is #4):
(Bible #1)
The "New American Bible Revised Edition - NABRE Burgundy Hardcover" by Saint Benedict Press has a very beautiful cover/binding. Direct quotations from the Lord Jesus are in Red ink, and I like that. The paper is a bit thin, but this didn't bother me; the "see-through" nature is mild and not distracting to me. The hue of the paper is stark-white, and I prefer a more relaxed hue (much like my preference for incandescent light versus florescent light). The exposed edge of the paper does not have index markings or tabs for the various books of the Bible (this is a feature I enjoy). The reason I went with 4 stars not 5 is because of the glossy nature of the paper - it feels too slippery to me. I found it a bit difficult to flip a single page... and there's no way I'm going to lick my finger to flip pages while reading the Bible!
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The "Saint Joseph Bible-NABRE [Hardcover]" by Catholic Book Publishing Co. (says "Medium Sized Edition" on the cover) is excellent - I gave it 5 stars. The cover/binding is a bit plain looking and has a cloth-type texture. The Amazon photo of a large blue cube-shaped Bible is completely false - this one is yellow-orange (or tan) in color, on all faces. Inside, there are no Red text to highlight direct quotes from the Lord Jesus. The paper is thicker than the Saint Benedict Press Bible and does not have the glossy/slippery problem. Also, the paper is white with a nice subtle yellow hue.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Studying a Study Bible December 21, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I am a bible Student and have lots of Bibles and Study guides. The reason I purchased this Catholic Study Bible was to study it. If you just want to read this book it is fabulous and the best of all my study books. However, when I study I scribble, highlight, underline , etc., and the paper in this book is so thin it will not tolerate any abuse. That said, this is still the very best Catholic Study Bible available.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My search is FINALLY over !! October 12, 2011
Format:Leather Bound|Verified Purchase
After converting to Catholism in 2007, I have since been searching for a bible to meet my needs. Thank God, my quest is finally over. In my search, it is safe to say I have purchased and returned at least 6 bibles from various vendors. So believe me, this is the VERY best. I will say, however, that there are still a couple of key points this wonderful bible does lack. First of all, I really wanted a larger font bible than this one offers. It is a 10 point font, my hope is that someday Oxford Press will redo this same bible in the larger font. My other quest that fell short, was in searching for a Red Letter Edition. It appears that will always be my particular dilemma, as "the powers that be" don't feel the same as myself. In that, the words of Christ should be printed in red. All that being said, THIS IS TRULY A REMARKABLE BIBLE AND IS DEFINITELY A STUDY BIBLE. It will be my personal companion for the rest of my life. If you are looking for a beautiful Catholic Study Bible....look no further.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the catholic study bible December 26, 2011
By Swifty
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The Catholic Study Bible is everything I expected.Very good study bible to have going through catechism classes.My teacher told us about it and now I cannot put it down.Amazon made sure I got it in time along with my grandaughters books.Exellent service.Thank you so much Amazon.com . Got everything Christmas Eve.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Catholic Study Bible
With the duty to teach the scriptures with understanding, this bible does that and more.
The first 525 pages are an explanation of each book in the bible. Read more
Published 2 hours ago by Fr. Pat
5.0 out of 5 stars A great study guide.
The guide has all that is needed to enhance your knowledge of the word of God. Wish the print was a little larger.
Published 2 days ago by Joseph J. Fanning
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL HOLY BOOK
I really enjoy this Study Bible. If you are like me reading the bible and understanding the bible and what you read are two totally different things. Read more
Published 5 days ago by L. J. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely recommended for those any Catholic who are studying the...
The Reading Guide and Commentaries are really amazing tools incorporated in this study Bible particulary in the Catholic. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Arlene Castelino
2.0 out of 5 stars Claims to be THE Catholic Study Bible -
This Bible claims to be THE Catholic Study Bible, and it does have a lot of good historical information. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Josef K. Tan
5.0 out of 5 stars Using a lot
good introductions, maps, background. pages could be a little thin but so are most Bibles. Thicker would have made this too heavy.
Published 13 days ago by Magic Hands
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Catholic Study Bible
This is a fine update of a already excellent Catholic Study Bible. The text is the New American Bible Revised Edition. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Rob
4.0 out of 5 stars Great gift.
Purchased as a gift for confirmation. Liked personal copy. Would recommend for anyone interested in studying the Bible. Well indexed.
Published 16 days ago by Carole S. McNamee
5.0 out of 5 stars excited
i am so excited to share this with a co-worker who is learning about different religions . the book was in great shape and arrived quickly
Published 21 days ago by susan schmidt
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Catholic Study Bibles available
As many people may be aware, the available market for Catholic study Bibles is remarkably small, especially compared to the hoards of such Bibles available for Protestants. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Brandon Aiken
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