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  • Paperback: 1776 pages
  • Publisher: Saint Benedict Press; New American Bible Revised Edition edition (March 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935302590
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935302599
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.5 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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93 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Frank E. McManus on March 14, 2011
This is a review primarily of this edition of the NABRE, and not the translation as such. What is new about this translation is the Old Testament; the "revised" New Testament has been printed in every NAB edition for nearly twenty-five years. As for the OT translation I can only say that the revision appears to be modest in scope; after looking over familiar passages for the past hour, and often comparing them with the old NAB and with other translations, I can say I haven't noticed anything that seems glaringly out of place. There do seem to be a greater number of explanatory footnotes, and to me that's a good thing. The footnotes in the old NAB OT were often quite sparse. And from what I can tell, the content of these new footnotes is more theologically informed than previous footnotes.

Now as for this edition from Saint Benedict Press, I have to say I'm disappointed in a big way on two points: first, the typeface is very small, and the font, though quite elegant and lovely, is hard to read at the size they've used. This is especially so with the footnotes -- you practically have to squint to read them. I compared this edition with two other old NABs I have, and in both cases, the old NAB is easier to read both in the main text and in the footnotes. This is in spite of the fact that this new edition has a very attractive page layout -- much more attractive than any other NAB I've ever seen -- and the font actually is quite nice looking. It's just too hard to read. For this font it ought to be obvious that what is needed is a larger font size or perhaps more white space on the page. I'm no expert in the field of book design, so I can't say for certain; I just know that trying to read several lines of a footnote in this Bible quickly becomes irritating.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By icetea on April 2, 2011
I have to agree with the previous reviewer. The typeface of this book is too small. In every other way it is a beautifully done Bible: The typeface itself is elegant, the layout is very appealing, the quality of the paper and the binding are top notch. It would help buyers if the publisher would have a "see inside" preview.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Thomas E. Defreitas on August 25, 2011
Where to begin? "A mighty wind" for "the Spirit of God" in Genesis 1; "Learn from the way the wild flowers grow" for Matthew 6:28 (more commonly rendered "Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow"); and the entire verse of Sirach (or "Ben Sira," as we must call it now) 24:18 relegated to a footnote. No. Not my ideal Bible, by a long shot.

Still -- significant improvement over the 1970 and 1991 versions, as seen in the Psalms and in the Magnificat, and other places. The dopey '70s word "aura" has been jettisoned from the translation of Wisdom 7. "Compact unity" no longer plagues Psalm 122. And the bizarrely out-of-place archaism "ere I depart" has vanished from Psalm 39.

But dismaying moments still abound. For instance, 2 Timothy 4:2 is still rendered "proclaim the word ... whether it is convenient or inconvenient." I find myself wishing for the more tried and true phrasing of "in season and out of season." And in Isaiah 9:5, instead of the sensible "mighty God," we have the bewilderingly inept "God-Hero." Cacophonous and ugly.

The Bible of the Roman Catholic Church is the Vulgate. Any English translation intended for use by Catholics should be based on the Vulgate, and should be rendered with unswerving fidelity to the original meaning. (I mentioned Sirach 24:18 earlier; that verse, in older Catholic editions, appears as Sirach 24:24; in Latin, "ego mater pulchrae dilectionis," etc.)

This edition of the NABRE has a beautiful cover: a painting of the Pentecost by Titian. And I do like the collection of profoundly Catholic prayers that can be found as an appendix in my copy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dan Spigai on December 23, 2011
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Item quality and time of delivery was as promised. Print is too small for comfortable reading. I either misread the description of the book or it was not clear. Suggest prospective buyers check on print size. <Dan>
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Mccormick on April 4, 2011
Immediately upon opening this Bible from the package it was shipped in, the beautiful cover art of "Pentecost" by Titian stands out. This cover image was chosen on the Saint Benedict Press Facebook site, where people could vote for one of three cover options. I prefered the "The Baptism of Christ" by Fra Angelico, but this one will do. The cover material is both sturdy and glossy. The overall size of this Bible would probably be classified as medium, although I would say that it is slightly smaller than most medium Bibles. This is to its benefit, making it more portable, without being compact.

When you open up the Bible, those of you who have purchased one of the RSV-CE's that Saint Benedict Press has published will notice that the page format is very similar. For those of you who haven't, you can go here to see what I am talking about. I find the print to be very readable. It is nice to see the NAB in a different font and type than they are found in almost all other NAB editions on the market. The text is on the top half of each page, with the textual notes and cross-references at the bottom. Depending on what book you are reading, for example Genesis, the textual notes at times take up half the page. One other unique feature of the layout is that the words of Christ are in red. This is something that Saint Benedict Press does with many of their Bibles. I am neither pro or against red letter Bibles, so that is up to the individual Bible reader to decide.

Included with the paperback edition is a nice essay on the "Succession of the Popes" followed by a list of the Popes, which is at the front of the Bible. I would have liked to have a picture of Pope Benedict inserted there, since he is in many ways one of our most Biblically literate Popes in history.
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