Catholic Study Bible 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0195297768
ISBN-10: 0195297768
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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 2560 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2 edition (September 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195297768
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195297768
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1.8 x 6.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (206 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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105 of 105 people found the following review helpful By Penny Swears on November 1, 2011
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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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119 of 122 people found the following review helpful By GamerXX on January 26, 2012
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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!
(Bible #2)
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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68 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Fr. Pat on April 24, 2014
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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. These comprehensive summaries of each book answer the question: who wrote it, when, why, and what are the cultural and language difficulties encountered with each book's translation and tradition. These 525 pages are a review of my scripture studies while in the seminary. TERRIFIC!
No one can (or should attempt to) read the scriptures using modern day understandings of culture and the use of language. Understanding the meaning of scripture depends on a proper introduction to the complexities in which these ancient texts were written, translated and discovered. This Bible is comprehensive and constantly updated as new biblical scholarship enlightens our understanding of these texts. The Catholic tradition of careful reading of scripture is preserved and respected here. Just to view the extensive footnotes and book introductions will assure the reader that they are getting a careful treatment of scripture.
This Bible is like no other! It is exciting to read because you come away with an understanding that was never offered before.

Fr. Patrick Nelson, SDS
Pastor of St. Gregory and Holy Trinity Parishes
in Manitowoc County (Green Bay Diocese) Wisconsin
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65 of 70 people found the following review helpful By John M Lapoint on December 21, 2011
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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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