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The New Testament (Challoner-Rheims) Vinyl Bound – 2002

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Product Details

  • Vinyl Bound: 691 pages
  • Publisher: Scepter Publishers; Confraternity Revision edition (2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0933932774
  • ISBN-13: 978-0933932777
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 3.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #692,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Beth Malone on May 21, 2009
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The text of this edition of the English scriptures, translated from the Latin Vulgate, has all the strengths and weaknesses that a translation from that version entails. There are a few verses of St. Jerome's Latin text that almost certainly do not represent the original text of scripture. An example would be the first word of James 4:4, which in the Latin reads "adulteri", but ought to read "adulterae". This English translation suffers as a result; the same verse has "adulterers" instead of "adulteresses". This misses the theological link St. James is making to a theme that runs throughout the Old Testament: those who rebel against God after having entered into a holy covenant with him are like an unfaithful wife, lusting after lesser men.

But none of St. Jerome's translational or textual gaffes are in any way theologically dangerous, and this text translates his work with a high degree of fidelity. The reverence the translators had for their text is often lacking in modern Bibles. The Confraternity took care to retain traditional theological vocabulary throughout the text. Some archaic language (i.e., "thees" and "thous") may be off-putting to some who, unlike myself, don't like archaic language. However, the advantages of using older forms--such as giving the reader an easy way to differentiate between singular and plural second-person personal pronouns--outweigh the disadvantages.

All in all, it is a shame this version will never see wide use, or see the moderate revision it deserves in order to bring this fine Catholic New Testament into conformity with the best Greek texts. It would be a far sight better than the NAB, which stands in need of much more improvement.
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What I really love about this Bible, aside from its beautiful Kings James Version-type of English language, is that its broken down into daily readings so that you can actually read the entire New Testament in a year. Get it, read it, pray it, and let God speak to you! Its beautiful. By the way, I bought three copies as gifts: one to my wife, and the two others to other family members.
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The 1941 revision of the Challoner-Rheims is a wonderful translation of the New Testament. It reads virtually the same as the Rheims, except a few minor differences; which I consider to be improvements for the most part. The language is more up-to-date, which does make it smoother to read for someone who isn't used to reading the Rheims Bible.

This particular pocket edition is fantastic! It will literally fit in your pocket. The text, to my eyes, is clear and easy to read, despite the book being a pocket edition. I was quite surprised at the quality of the book when I started reading it; realizing that I had only paid $10.00 for it!

Scepter Publishers did a good job with this one.

Highly recommended!
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In his homily at Santa Marta on March 16, Pope Francis said, "Everyone should carry a small Bible or pocket edition of the Gospels and should find at least a few minutes every day to read the word of God". ([...]) This New Testament, which is about the size of a deck of cards, fits the bill perfectly. It's a good solid translation, and the font is a readable size even with the small size. Highly recommend!
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Very nice size to slip in a purse or travel case. I have small copies of a number of religious books, including Imitation of Christ and Absp Fulton Sheen's Wartime Prayers that take up so little space. Many are available on Kindle, but I find prayer books one type of book I prefer to hold in my hands
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I wanted a New Testament that would easily fit into a pocket, so I could always have one with me on my daily walk without having to carry it. This 3X5 edition of the Confraternity translation is as close to perfection as I could find. The print is only slightly smaller than the average paperback book, so it is easy on my 63 year old eyes. The pages are sturdy enough (not tissue paper thin, like some small versions of the scriptures). It has a ribbon, so you don't need a page marker. The cover is not stiff, so the book has a "bend" to it, making it easier to slip in and out of your pocket. The text is conveniently divided into episodes or thematic sections (such as "The Blind Bartimeus", "The Call of Levi", or "Yearning of All Creation"). An unexpected treat was the division of the New Testament into day-sized bites for those who might want to ensure having read the entire book over the course of a six-month period. Each "bite" is labeled with two dates which are offset by six months, so by reading the two passages assigned to the day you're at, you will have read every word of the New Testament twice each year. Brilliant!
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This is the best New Testament. It easily fits in your top pocket, you can take it anywhere. Being translated from the Douay Rheims version., Latin Vulgate of St . Jerome which I find is the best version. It is hard to find coz I think its out of print, and also its the most accurate of any Bible version, why because St . Jerome translated the Bible word for word and let the chips fall as they may. He was the greatest biblical scholar of all time, not like the scholars today they translate and put what they think it means and makes it incorrect. I wish it had the words of Christ in red, but still five stars. Excellent
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