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The Catholic Youth Bible: New Revised Standard Version : Catholic Edition Paperback – February, 2000

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Paperback: 1576 pages
  • Publisher: St Marys Pr; Revised edition (February 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0884894894
  • ISBN-13: 978-0884894896
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


Catholics have lagged behind [Protestants] in making the Bible attractive and accessible to ordinary Christians of any age. Fortunately, . . . things are changing with this Christian Brothers publication [from Saint Mary's Press].

The core of The Catholic Youth Bible is not new; rather it is simply the Catholic edition of the New Revised Standard Version, which has been authorized by the NCCB and the Catholic bishops of Canada. The innovations come in the format and special features of the Bible, designed to attract young people and encourage them to read the text for themselves. . . . this paperback is a colossal bargain at $27.95. -- Church, Winter 1999

One biblical scholar . . . said The Catholic Youth Bible marked the first time since the First Vatican Counciland perhaps everthat a publisher had produced a complete Catholic Bible for youths.

Saint Mary's Press decided to undertake such a monumental project because The Catholic Youth Bible more thoroughly reflected [its] core values than perhaps any previous project . . . to share the good news of Jesus with young people.

Since kids were the targeted readership, they were the ones Saint Marys Press turned to in determining how to present the material in the Bible. The question uppermost in the minds of researchers was: What happens when kids read the Bible?

What they discovered from teen focus groups is that young people often find the Bible overwhelming and intimidating. So the Bibles architects devised a series of aids geared to help young people navigate it. -- Winona Daily News, December 19, 1999

Speaking of Bible study programs, three cheers for The Catholic Youth Bible. This is, without question, the best edition of the Bible ever produced for Catholic youth. I hardly know where to begin to describe it. The Catholic Youth Bible includes advice for interpreting the Bible from a Catholic perspective; articles to help the reader understand culture and traditions and how these affect the biblical documents and their interpretation; Catholic Connections articles that explain the scriptural roots of Catholic tradition and beliefs; and multi-cultural articles to reflect African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic and Latino, and Native American cultural experiences, symbols, prayers and poetry related to the Bible. You need to see it for yourself, thats all there is to it. The Catholic Youth Bible is the ultimate resource to give Catholic youth familiarity with the Scriptures. -- Mitch Finley, The Catechists Connection, March 2000 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Publisher

For many years Saint Mary's Press has listened to an outpouring of requests to publish a Bible for Catholic teenagers. Working with the foremost experts in education, biblical studies, and youth ministry, we have spent the last four years creating The Catholic Youth Bible. The Catholic Youth Bible has been long awaited--and there has never been a Bible like this before!

Customer Reviews

The only thing I kinda disliked was the really thin pages.
Katie Doll
This is a fine, easy to use bible that also has short features to explain and highlight important things in each book.
Philip Boese
The Catholic Youth Bible is an incredible resource that anyone, any age will appreciate!
Kathleen Hodapp

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Mary Magdalene on July 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
I am a 15 year old Catholic, and to be perfectly honest, I had never really read the Bible. Yes, I hear it in Mass and in Religious Education, but reading the Bible on my own was just plain difficult before I got the Catholic Youth Bible. It breaks down the different parts of the Bible so that I can understand the differences between the books of the Bible, so that I can choose what it is I want to read. It also explains passages, prayers, and stories that I never knew were so important. It has sections entitled "PRAY IT!" "STUDY IT!" and "LIVE IT!" that explain how to use the words from the Bible to live better lives as Catholics. I have a much better understanding of basic things such as the LORD'S PRAYER!!! Now, every Catholic knows the Lord's prayer by heart but how many of us teens truly understand what each line means and what we should be thinking about when we pray it?? When the prayer appears in the book of Matthew, the CYB picks apart the prayer line by line and explains what significance the prayer should have in our lives and what the lines mean.I would go on forever about how great this Bible is, and how much it has made me grow in spirituality and understanding of Biblical teachings, but we would be here all day. So just buy it yourself!!! It is worth EVERY penny!!!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
It makes me hungry to feast at the biblical banquet! I like the conversational teaching tone used in special features, the index to locate events and people in the life of Jesus, and the articles that guide a reader to apply the message to real life situations.
This volume truly appeals to youth. Several people I know who purchased The Catholic Youth Bible as a Confirmation gift said the young recipients were enthusiastic about having so much to choose from in one book.
Adults new in their study of scripture are also drawn to the translation, the suggested reading plans and cultural backgrounds. Directors of Religous education want to study the Catholic Connections articles and index of Bible passages related to each sacrament.
The book is well bound and printed on sturdy Bible paper. It will be of long service to anyone who wants to pray it, study it and live it.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Smith on April 14, 2000
Format: Paperback
Having taught scripture classes to Catholic high school seniors for years, I'm delighted, but not surprised, at the quality of "The Catholic Youth Bible". I'm delighted because, while it does not bill itself as a study Bible, the new CYB contains a host of short inserts, maps, and articles reflecting contemporary scripture scholarship. These are presented palatably both visually and linguistically. Its young readers will find in their hands an incomparable tool which will not only assist them in growing in their understanding of and relationship to God, but will teach them so much of what they need in order to live as responsible Catholic Christians in an increasingly complex world. Too often, these bright young minds are woefully underestimated. Even textbooks frequently dish up large servings of "whipped cream" where nourishing "meat and potatoes" are needed. The CYB provides a world of nourishing fare, laid out in invitingly tasty fashion. Earlier, I said I was not surprised that this is so. That is due to long experience with Saint Mary's Press. Early in my teaching career, I learned religious studies texts could be ordered with complete confidence sight unseen from the folks in Winona. The quality is that good, and it rarely wavers. This was definitely the publisher to take on this daunting task, and once again, Saint Mary's Press more than rose to the occasion. hing
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Der Glückliche Leser on January 12, 2003
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This Bible blew me away when I went hunting for one a few months ago to give to a youth who had come into my life. I was so impressed, I bought one for myself. This Bible is many things, but the first thing that I noticed, quite honestly, is that the colors were bright, the print readable, and the illustrations far less serious and far more engaging than your typical Bible. Without growing to an unwieldy size, the editors manage to throw in a wealth of study information, written in a modern, friendly style, that helps make even the dryest or most confusing parts of the Good Book both understandable and relevant to today's society. That is what makes it perfect for someone, like my young friend, who is unfamiliar with religion, Christianity, or just plain old Bible study.

While this Bible is NOT one of those "lets put everything in everyday language and use slang terms to make it 'hip'" Bibles, it is less intimidating than most Bibles and all material is presented in such a manner that you don't feel "unprepared" if you pick it up cold. Catholics are often less familiar with the Bible than many Protestant denominations, as we have a wholistic focus that is both valuable and worthwhile, but it is certainly true that a better relationship and understanding of the Word can only enhance one's spiritual life and experience as a Catholic--at least I think so for me. If that applies to you as well this is a wonderful way to get your feet wet in Biblical translation, discussion, interpretation, and modern relevance.
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1 - Those more familiar and attached to more formal translations such as the King James Version, and who prefer that a Bible sound old-world "Biblical" (thee, thou, doest unto, etc.
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