This highly accessible translation of The New Jerusalem Bible
features inspiring quotes from the saints. Within the pages of this solidly bound text readers find a convincing testament to how the saints steeped themselves in Scripture. "You will see it in what they said, what they wrote, and above all in what they did, for in all things they concentrated on conforming to God's Word," according to the introduction. The 200 assorted readings from the saints (100 for the Old Testament and 100 for the New Testament) are delightfully diverse, including commentary, reflection, preaching, testimonies, poetry, hymns, letters, and more. The one commonality is that all the quotes emphasize or illuminate various passages of the Bible. For instance, in the Book of Ruth, Saint Aelred of Rievaulx (1110-1167) speaks to when Moabite ordered his reapers to discreetly leave ears of corn in the field for Ruth to find, so she could collect his charity without shame. Saint Aelred uses Moabite's compassion as a measurement for how to give generously and respectfully to friends.
Along with a complete text of the ancient canon of the Scriptures, this also includes a mini course (20 brief lessons) on the teachings and experiences of the saints. The final pages offer biographical sketches of each of the 90 saints quoted in the text, a yearlong calendar of the saints, as well as a listing of patron saints (such as Adelard and Dorothy for gardeners and Joseph of Cupertino for air travelers). --Gail Hudson
“The best of modern scholarship joined with a deep reverence and devotion for the Bible as the Word of God.” Christianity Today
“The best of modern translations.” The Living Church