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Christian Community Bible: Catholic Pastoral Edition Hardcover – June 1, 1988

ISBN-13: 978-8428520492 ISBN-10: 8428520496 Edition: 3rd Edition

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 510 pages
  • Publisher: San Pablo Intl; 3rd Edition edition (June 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8428520496
  • ISBN-13: 978-8428520492
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This enables you to see at a glance which are the highlights of a book.
RJ
I own many translations of the bible(nab,nkjv,nrsv,rsv,njb,esv, just to name a few)and I found this to be the one that I want to read for my daily readings.
Rolf F. Trondsen
With the commentary and the way it is written I see this as a true living Bible.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By RJ on March 31, 2001
This seems to be one of the least known and least-reviewed Bibles out there, and yet it is a book that every student of the Christian Scriptures should have. I am a free-thinking student, not a Catholic. But that doesn't prevent me from seeing the excellent qualities in this work. Here are the pros:
1. Wonderful translation. The introduction does not tell us how this translation came to be. I assume it was commisioned by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). But the translation is a pleasure to read: modern but not as casual as the Good News Bible. I have various translations of the Bible, and so should you, since this may not be the most accurate. But the spirit of the Word (if you will) is there, and this is what I use most of the time.
2. Recognizes (to an extent) modern criticsm and research. Unlike the NIV Full Life Study, and Halley's Handbook, the commentators of the CCB do not shun or condemn the theories of modern scholars. Those two books are valuable in their own right, but I feel that they are narrow-minded, dogmatic and even hostile at times. By contrast, the CCB acknowledges when the authorship or historical validity of a book is doubtful (e.g. the Book of Daniel and 2 Peter). It also notes how silly some interpretations of Revelation are.
3. Comments are often longer, warmer and just more interesting than that of the Full Life Study. That book often just sums up passages, as if you aren't smart enough to figure that out for yourself. The CCB, instead of just repeating what a chapter says, seems to REFLECT deeply on it. Compare the commens on the Fall of Man, for example.
4. Important passages in the OT are in large print; less important ones not relevant to Christian teaching are in smaller print.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jaan Sass on June 23, 2000
the Christian Community Bible is an excellant achievement of scholarship and devotion. Most Catholic Bibles have just technical scholar notes or none at all. None of them have any Life application or spiritual guidance type of notes. This Bible brings a new quality often missing in Catholic Bibles (except for recent teen Bibles) that is commonplace in Evangelical Bibles. It goes one step further than its evangelical counterparts in that it stresses community as well as the personal in its notes. My understanding is this Bible is used by Base communities and others in Latin America and Philippines and was recently translated into English. It has revolutionized my life.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Anne M. Schuknecht on March 18, 2000
This book consists of The Bible and a commentary. The commentary was put together by the Bishops of the Phillipines. The commentary is more than a scholarly achievement; it is both inspired and inspirational. At times, the commentary reads like an exciting novel or a motivational self-help book. Yet, this commentary is packed with excellent cultural, political, economic, theological, etc. information of the times which aids the reader's understanding. At the price it's a bargain. It makes a terrific gift.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 15, 2004
Have you ever tried to read the Bible but couldn't help but falling asleep? Then this is the Bible for you. As a Latin American I grew up with the Spanish version of this Bible (La Biblia Latinoamericana). It was originally developed for missionary work with the native population who barely knew any Spanish at all. The translation, however, became extremely popular beyond its target audience for Catholics who wanted more from their Bibles than just the traditional (ie: boring) version (especially teenagers). With fresh commentaries and direct language, this English translation is based on the Spanish one and it is used for missionary work around the world. However, this Bible is also very good for teens, kids and for those Catholics that feel the need for a more dynamic version of God in their lives than the one presented by the other more scholarly English translations developed for study(ie: the boring ones). Its style is fun and entertaining, you will definitely not fall asleep with this one. Thumbs up.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Joseph P. White on December 21, 2002
As a librarian I frequently encounter new versions of the bible that are usually word for word translations that never attempt to translate the original languages into meaningful and understandable english. The Christian Community Bible is a rare exception. Its clear and simple English is very enlightening and its introductions and notes are nothing short of a mini commentary that reveals the correct context and setting of each book. I highly recommend this translation to all who yearn to comprend to simple message of Jesus.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Rolf F. Trondsen on July 7, 2005
I own many translations of the bible(nab,nkjv,nrsv,rsv,njb,esv, just to name a few)and I found this to be the one that I want to read for my daily readings. I love the easy to read but still dignified translation. It is not a word for word translation but it is not a paraphrase either, it is meaning driven translation which fits comfortly in the middle. The commentaries at the bottom of the page covers the whole section in a flowing dialogue. This psalms in this bible just flow beautifully which is hard to find in in most other versions (except maybe nkjv and rsv-esv). It is written by Catholics but I think it was intended for the Christian community in general (hence the title).
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