- Perfect Paperback: 1230 pages
- Publisher: Fireside Catholic Publishing (March 31, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1556654103
- ISBN-13: 978-1556654107
- Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.2 x 1.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #807,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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New Catholic Answer Bible-NABRE-Librosario (Burgundy) Perfect Paperback – March 31, 2011
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Fireside put a lot of care in packaging their bible. It arrived in a box shrink wrapped in plastic and the bible inside was shrink wrapped too. It's a good, sturdy box design, with many informative data about the bible. When it comes to box design, I still think Saint Benedict Press wins but only by a bit.
Binding, Design and workmanship: 10/10
If you have any of the SBP's "Premium Ultrasoft" cover bibles, then you already know how soft this Fireside's "Endurahide" bound bible is. I don't know if this is glue-only or sewn-bind but from the looks of it, it appears to be made to last. The two-tone design of the cover gives a beautiful external look to the bible. The first pages contain the words "Printed In the United States of America." That should explain its very good material quality.
Cover Lettering and texture: 10/10
The designers did away with gold fillings in the embossed titles. Good for them! The shiny bits show only in the page edges just the way I prefer it. The cover also sports a very smooth leather-like texture instead of a plain surface.
That the bible text must (and does) contain nihil obstat and imprimatur was expected. But a separate nihil obstat and imprimatur for the apologetics inserts? Thank you Fireside for this! We can read the apologetics confident that they are also free from errors on faith and morals. They placed the many colorful apologetics material strategically in the book depending on the subject. For example the topics regarding the Blessed Virgin and the Rosary can be found in Luke. What's more each apologetics page has a box at the bottom referencing relevant Scripture verses and paragraph numbers of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Very thoughtful. If you haven't read much apologetics before, then you're in for a real treat!
Fireside put the weekday lectionary mass readings separately from the 3-year cycle Sunday mass readings. The page listing is so much clearer and easier to read than SBP's.Each Sunday reading list has page numbers to quickly get you to the location you want! The last piece of extra material at the back explains the meaning of the different sections of the mass while the front contains among others, background information on the bible and the Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation. This is so far the neatest organization of front and back extra matters of the bible I have yet seen.
New American Bible Revised Edition (NABRE) Text: 10/10
I like my NAB and I like my NABRE even better. You simply have to read the newly revised Old Testament to appreciate it. The introduction says that this new OT is more literal than the previous edition. I agree. Although not advertised as a study bible, the NABRE (including the NAB) contains cross-references, copious notes and alternate readings of many verses, concise book introductions, chapter titles and subtitles... just about the most important study aids one needs to study the bible in one volume. It does not contain concordance and maps, and no words of Jesus in red though so these might be issues for you.
I never write anything in my bible, other than my name on the presentation page. But I am aware some folks write notes in their bible. The margins here are your normal book margins. You can write some notes on it. For me though the white space in the margins act to organize the text and make it comfortable to the eyes.
Font Size: 8/10
While advertised as Large Print, it does not appear to be so. If you compare this side by side with a Saint Benedict Press Large Print Bible (RSV-CE, for example) the SPB's Large Print font is definitely larger. However, Fireside's isn't tiny either, just smaller than SBP's. I suppose they have different standards for what is Large Print. The size of the notes font is of course smaller than the main text which is not a problem if you are already using reading glasses.
Page Opacity: 9/10
This is bible paper and its not really totally opaque, as you would expect from any bible. Yet for such a material, Fireside's bible paper holds up relative opacity very well. One of the best in this respect. I don't get distracted with prints on the other page.
From pictures alone, I didn't give much stock to the usefulness of the embossed Rosary at the back besides being a fine decoration. To my surprise there is no mistaking which Rosary "bead" my fingertips rest. So yes, you can pray the Rosary with it!
Well-thought design, neat and physically beautiful, it does justice to the books of the bible within. Great apologetics inserts certified by Church authorities to be free from doctrinal errors. I thank God I live at a time where I can enjoy beautifully bound Catholic bibles. Yet I would dare speculate that it would be a rare case, indeed, if another NABRE offering can top Fireside's edition. Highly recommended!
Additional info as of June 03, 2011:
I purchased both the black/tan and burgundy separately, the latter of which arrived only a few days ago. Exact same bible except for the burgundy cover which is a tad shinier than the black/tan. While the black/tan price fluctuates between US40 and U$44, the burgundy seem to stabilize at U$46 which is the price I purchased it. In any case, both bibles are well worth every penny- even with all the other expenses I paid ordering them from outside the US. (I am not in anyway affiliated with the publisher or amazon.com).
As an example, I just randomly opened it to one of the Answer inserts, and found the following:
Why do Catholics make the sign of the Cross
The prophet Ezekiel has a vision in which he sees great sins committed by God’s people. But at the urging of a heavenly messenger, the godly men and women who lament the wickedness of their people are marked with an “X” on their foreheads. Bearing that mark, they will be spared the divine judgment that is to come (see Ezekiel 9:1-7).
St. John’s vision in Revelations includes a close parallel to this scenario. Before the angels of judgment are allowed to devastate a wicked world, a seal is placed on the foreheads of “the servants of God” (see 7:1-3; 9:4). Later, this seal is described as the name of Christ and of the Father (see 14:1).
In light of these parallels, many early Christian teachers not surprisingly saw in Ezekiel’s vision a foreshadowing of the ancient Christian rite of Baptism. Baptism, after all, is given “for the forgiveness of . . . sins” (Acts 2:38), so that those who have been forgiven may escape the wrath of God (see 1 Thes. 5:9). In addition, the baptismal rite included – as it still does today – the making of a cross with blessed oil on the foreheads of those baptized. (In the Greek version of Ezekiel, the mark is actually the letter tau, which was written more like an upright cross.)
The corresponding scene in St. John’s vision most likely reflects the Christian baptismal ceremony of his day. This rite included (again, as it still does) the spoken words, “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” (Mt 28:19). The Sign of the Cross on the forehead may also have been part of the rite by that time. As early as the second century, making the Sign of the Cross was a common and well-established custom.
Today, this gesture is usually made by drawing the hand from forehead to breast and then from shoulder to shoulder. When Catholics apply holy water to themselves with the Sign of the Cross upon entering a church, they are recalling their baptism “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” With the ancient Christians, they use the gesture at other times as well, such as when they begin and end prayers. Each time, they point to Christ’s cross, the Holy Trinity, and the need to sanctify every action.
This is certainly an excellent Bible for any Christian, but especially for any Catholic interested in apologetics.