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Product Details

  • Paperback: 2668 pages
  • Publisher: Little Rock Scripture Study; Enlarged/Expanded edition (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814626793
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814626795
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.4 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #592,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What I like about the Little Rock Catholic Study Bible is everything, especially the way the Bible is presented for easy helps and guides. For someone like me, who spends a lot of time with God’s word for teachings, homilies, and prayer, the footnotes, scripture references, charts and maps have made it so easy to enter into God’s word. I feel the Little Rock Catholic Study Bible has given me a renewed interest and a deeper appreciation for the power of God’s word in my life.

The reason I wanted my parishioners here to use the Little Rock Catholic Study Bible is to find the blessings in spending time with God’s word. I believe once they could see and began to use the Little Rock Catholic Study Bible they would discover the many blessings that await the heart of one who enters into God’s presence through his word. Many times I hear from parishioners who say they have a hard time understanding God’s word, or rarely do they pray using God’s word. I believe the Little Rock Ca


This study edition of the New American Bible is intended to help readers uncover the layers of meaning in a given book or passage of Scripture so that the words on the page may come to life.
New Testament Abstracts


Most Bibles contain footnotes and cross references, as well as introductory essays that introduce the respective biblical book. Some versions are called ‘Study Bibles’ and include lengthy essays in the front of the volume. While The Little Rock Catholic Study Bible contains customary introductory information written by several well-know scripture scholars, it has placed explicit study information on the page where the specific reference is found. Such study material includes definitions of terms and ideas, information about various characters, archaeological findings, relevant Church teachings, hints for personal prayer, and links with liturgical celebration. Pictures, charts, and related lists are also strategically placed throughout. All one needs for the initial study of the Bible is found within the pages of this remarkable volume.
Dianne Bergant, CSA, Professor of Old Testament Studies, Catholic Theological Union


The Little Rock Catholic Study Bible offers first rate scholarship and pastoral sensitivity in bringing the word of God to all who desire to deepen their understanding of its message as a living word that fosters faith in its readers.
Abbot Gregory J. Polan, O.S.B., Conception Abbey/Conception Seminary College; Editor, The Revised Grail Psalms.


This is an outstandingly helpful resource. It offers both a window and a mirror into Sacred Scripture. It draws us in, speaks to our hearts, and compels us to act as disciples. A must for all groups that gather around Scripture.
Donna L. Ciangio, OP
Church Leadership Consultation
New Jersey


Those entering upon the field of Bible study consistently have a question on their lips: ‘What is a good Bible for Bible study?’ Recent years have seen a wide variety of publishers offer a broad collection of Bibles, often with supplementary information accompanying the biblical texts. This development bears witness to the incredible fruitfulness of ongoing interest in Bible study by believers whose appetite for learning and deepening understanding of the sacred texts is certain evidence of the work of the Spirit.
      With the advent of the Little Rock Catholic Study Bible comes the joining together of wonderful scholarship, insightful and thought-provoking connections to life, ministry and practice of the faith, as well as the unparalleled experience of developing suitable materials for adults engaged in Bible study.
      This extraordinary confluence of Bible study resources has resulted in a wonderful addition to the cor


With its readable translation, lucid introductory essays, informative notes, and rich commentaries, Little Rock Catholic Study Bible is now easily the best didactic tool for Catholics to learn about the Bible not only as a historical and literary document but also as the inspired Word of God. A fruit of many years of collaborative work by eminent biblical scholars, this Bible is now placed in the hands of Christians, Catholics, and non-Catholics alike, so that their minds and hearts may be formed and nurtured by the ways God has spoken and acted in history. The Church owes a great debt to these scholars and Liturgical Press for bringing out this Bible. Thanks to their monumental labor the renewal of the church as envisaged by Vatican II, especially in its dogmatic constitution on Divine Revelation, will be brought a step closer to fulfillment.
Dr. Peter C. Phan
Ignacio Ellacuria Chair of Catholic Social Thought
Department of Theology, Georgetow


A prophet proclaimed, ‘When I found your words I devoured them; they became my joy and the happiness of my heart’ (Jeremiah 15:16). What a wonderful gift the Little Rock Catholic Study Bible is for the People of God, especially those who hunger for God but are puzzled or intimidated by God’s Word. Clear background information, explanations, and charts throughout its pages help make the Word of God palatable for modern readers. In addition, pictures of the holy sites, like seasoning, make Scripture more appealing; and prayer starters encourage savoring it. By feasting at the table of the Word as presented in this study Bible, readers will be drawn to Jesus, who is the ultimate Word and source of eternal joy.
Mary Kathleen Glavich, SND
Author of Leading Young Catholics into Scripture

About the Author

Cackie (Catherine) Upchurch is the director of Little Rock Scripture Study and has written study guides and wrap-up lectures for this biblical ministry. She earned both a BA and MA in theology and is actively involved in a variety of adult faith formation efforts in the Diocese of Little Rock in Arkansas.


Irene Nowell, OSB, of the Benedictine community of Mount Saint Scholastica in Atchison, Kansas, teaches Scripture courses at Saint John's School of Theology Seminary, Collegeville, Minnesota. She is a past president of the Catholic Biblical Association, and the author of many books including Women in the Old Testament, and Numbers in the New Collegeville Bible Commentary, as well as Old Testament editor of the Little Rock Catholic Study Bible, all published by Liturgical Press.


Ronald D. Witherup, SS, is superior general of the Sulpicians and lives in Paris, France. He holds a doctorate in biblical studies and is the author of articles on Scripture and of numerous books including Gold Tested in Fire: A New Pentecost for the Catholic Priesthood, Saint Paul and the New Evangelization, and is editor of the Little Rock Catholic Study Bible published by Liturgical Press.

Customer Reviews

Everytime I read I find something new.
Thomas J. Koker
The layout is inviting and information is provided where needed and in digestible units - an example of the ideal application of information theory.
M. J. Smith
I got one for my wife and one for my daughter and they both love it.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Smith VINE VOICE on June 3, 2011
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I don't get excited about study Bibles - same old-same old varying only by the interests of those putting the Bible together. I do get excited about the Little Rock Catholic Study Bible. Why?

1. It doesn't talk down to the reader but rather explains difficulties plainly. For example, browsing in Proverbs one proverbs gave information about the status of children in order to make the proverb understandable. The next Proverb said that the proverb was difficult - even when the Septuagint was translated people couldn't make sense of it.
2. The layout is inviting and information is provided where needed and in digestible units - an example of the ideal application of information theory.
3. Icons are used to identify the type of notes; cross-references are shown on the side separated from the more "technical" footnotes at the bottom.
3. Notes include ones related to spiritual grow (prayer starters) and application (social justice) as well as the expected notes to help one understand the Scripture itself.
4. Notes often parallel scriptures in unexpected ways, showing scripture interpreting scripture. Paul vs. Peter, Gospel vs. Epistle ...

My only complaint - this wasn't available 20 years ago.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Joseph R. Offer on June 9, 2011
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For years, I've admired the Fireside Catholic Youth Bible-NABRE-Next!, with its interesting illustrations and charts and supplemental information - but it was a Bible for youth, and I didn't feel right giving it to adults. Now, the Little Rock Scripture Study has come up with something better - a top-quality, adult-oriented edition of the New American Bible Revised Edition (NABRE), the latest version of the New American Bible, which is published under the auspices of the Catholic Bishops of the United States. Every edition of the NABRE has excellent footnotes and introductions for each book, but the Little Rock Catholic Study Bible has lots of additional study aids, illustrations, charts, and definitions. The hardcover edition has a sturdy binding, and it's printed on quality bible paper that is thin but durable. It's a real pleasure to page through this Bible, and I'm sure I'll enjoy it for years.

The NABRE has the 1986 revision of the New Testament, with the Old Testament approved in 2010 and released in March, 2011. There are other translations of the Bible that are approved for Catholic use, but this is an excellent translation - THE version that was published by the Catholic Church in the United States. I will probably continue to use the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) for personal use because I have years of notes written in the margins, but most likely I will switch to the Little Rock Catholic Study Bible for teaching. It's a wonderful Bible, and a perfect gift for people joining the Catholic Church through RCIA.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Michael on July 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
Physical Book: 1 star

I bought the hardback and find it physically disappointing.

Far from being printed on "quality paper" (as one reviewer stated), the paper is not only thin (quality traditional bible paper is thin, highly opaque, and white), the paper is too transparent. The printing of the other side and next page shows through, which coupled with the very small and not particularly crisp type, pale colors, and newsprint cream or beige paper all make for extremely tiring and difficult reading. I can only stand about 10 minutes of reading this book before my eyes start to water.

It is also very heavy and the glued binding won't open very flat without danger of cracking. This makes it awkward to read, as space is wasted on the outer margins and the main text is too close to the gutter, so that you never get a straight line to read. And like too many books these days, the thin paper pages begin immediately next to the endpapers. This makes it likely that the binding will crack or tear very soon right at the beginning and end. Quality bible and reference book bindings for thin paper volumes add several pages of heavier paper attached to the endpapers to protect this vulnerable area of the book.

Putting the timelines on the endpapers was a mistake: one has to remove one jacket flap to use them, and a protective cover can't be added without losing the use of half the timelines.

I have bibles printed on high quality opaque white bible paper in large, clear type that are one third the thickness and 3 times the readability of this one. Very disappointing design, printing and binding job.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Emil F. Gies on June 2, 2011
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I am thrilled with this Bible. It contains the most recent New and Old Testament translations (NABRE). In addition to the standard notes that accompany the New American Bible, The Little Rock Study Bible contains much easily understood supplementary information. All of the print is sufficiently large to be easily readable, and poetry is in poetic form. I highly recommend The Little Rock Study Bible to anybody who desires to intelligently read the Bible. I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
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