- Hardcover: 1851 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2nd edition (March 16, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195282809
- ISBN-13: 978-0195282801
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 2.2 x 6.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 56 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #720,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"I highly recommend the revised Catholic Study Bible to my students, colleagues, and friends. With the additional introductory articles, it now provides exceptional coverage of issues of great importance for both academic and pastoral concerns; they bring this wonderful tool for learning to a new standard of completeness and excellence, and in accessible language. Revisions of the Study [Reading] Guides ensure insightful, contemporary discussion of the biblical texts by excellent scholars and teachers. This is a treasure." --(Rev.) John C. Endres, S.J. Professor of Sacred Scripture, Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union
Top customer reviews
The best feature, to me, are the Reading Guides in the beginning of the bible. There is a RG for each book of the bible and they REALLY give you background information. I've had bibles that say something like "Attributed to ______ written around the time of _______" but that's not really helpful. This bible goes into detail about who we think wrote the book, why, what tone they use, etc. Because it's Catholic and not fundamentalist, it goes into detail about authorship questions and the symbolism (as opposed to literal truth) of different books--all while upholding the Church's reliance on the Bible as sacred.
I like the footnotes because they're not just a bunch of cross references that mean nothing to me. They actually explain what things mean! Even the Gospels, which I thought I knew pretty well, have taken on new meaning. I also learned background of the Gospels that I never knew.
This is an easy, unintimidating way to learn more about your faith and the Bible. The scholars who edited it aren't pretentious at all, but they are knowledgeable. I recommend this bible to any Catholic, of any age really (teens and up). It's a great resource and something I know I'll spend time on for years.
Bonus: The hardcover is very attractive and sturdy and the pages have those little finger indentations for easy flipping. They're also annotated so you can easily open to a certain book.