- 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: 1.2 x 6.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 39 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Catholic Youth Bible: New Revised Standard Version : Catholic Edition Paperback – February, 2000
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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.
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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!
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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.
On the other hand: Who won't like this Bible?
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.)
2 - Those already familiar with intensive Bible study, IF they are not working with youth or those less familiar. It takes a pretty straightforward view that more experienced Bible scholars might find overly simplistic
3 - Many Protestants, as the discussion is from a very clear and articulated Roman Catholic viewpoint. It's not really controversial, just Catholic, and of course includes books that aren't in the Protestant version of the Bible, so that could be a problem for many Protestants
4 - Traditionalists who are offended by the idea of making the Bible "accessible" and "relevant" through use of the lingo/parlance and point of view of today's under-25 set. (Though it does not take this to any extremes; I've seen particularly crazy translations out there using street slang, etc. This is not one of those.)
I believe one reviewer felt that the Bible didn't need to be made culturally relevant, finding the sidebars on race, cultural differences, modern morality, and varying interpretations to be just another extension of the "Political Correctness" movement. I couldn't disagree more. This is just a persona opinion, but I think there is great value in a world wehre the Bible is teh one book everyone can "see themselves" in should they seek such a thing. Not because it changes to suit them, but because it's presented in such a way and context that they can see why this age-old text is relevant to them. This Bible does that for a new generation of Catholics and for a new, hesitant group of explorers.
I'd ballpark the appropriate age for this version at around 13-35 years.
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