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Catholic Bible, Personal Study Edition Paperback – 3 Nov 2011

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Update of a fine Catholic Study Bible 3 Dec 2011
By Robert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a fine update of an excellent Catholic Study Bible. The text is the New American Bible Revised Edition. It is the latest amendment to the NAB since 1991 and contains the first update of the Old Testament since 1970, including a complete revision of the Psalms.

Some reviews of previous editions of this Study Bible have claimed that, among other things, the NAB is a "bad translation with a bad agenda". One reviewer stated that the study notes for the Gospel of John, chapter 6 contain a "denial of the Real Presence" which I find nothing short of astounding. In fact the note for John 6:35-59 states "Up to John 6:50 "bread of life" is a figure for God's revelation in Jesus; in John 6:51-58, the EUCHARISTIC THEME COMES TO THE FORE." (capitalization is mine).

The notes go on to state about John 6:63: "Spirit . . . flesh: probably not a reference to the eucharistic body of Jesus but to the supernatural and the natural, as in ' John 3:6. Spirit and life: all Jesus said about the bread of life is the revelation of the Spirit."

These notes agree with the notes from the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible authored by Scott Hahn, a decidedly conservative Catholic scholar, so I really don't understand the reviewer's objections.

John's Gospel is full of the High Christology of the Eucharist but the Gospel does NOT contain the Last Supper discourses found in Matthew, Mark and Luke in which Christ ACTUALLY INSTITUTES the Eucharist. In those passages (beginning with Mt 26:26, Mk 14:22, and Lk 22:17) the notes in this study Bible specifically state that the bread and wine are Jesus' body and blood. I can find NO DENIAL OF THE REAL PRESENCE in any notes within this Study Bible.

As for OTHER reasons to buy this Bible:
This Bible contains the text now read during English language Masses in the US.

The hardcover version (which I purchased) is well put together with a strong binding. The pages are thin, keeping the weight down, but not easily torn. The additional study material (beyond the included NAB notes) is good. Each book of the Bible has an excellent introduction essay and there are topical essays throughout the text.

This Bible would be an excellent one for use in Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults or within any scripture study group. It also contains the 3-year Lectionary Guide for Sunday readings as well as for weekdays, an NAB concordance, and an indexed section of maps.

All in all, I find "The Catholic Bible, Personal Study Edition" a first-rate implement fit for any Catholic's religious education tool box.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Catholic Bible, Personal Study Edition 24 Dec 2011
By carkathy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Excellent. I really like how one Reading Guide explains who wrote this chapter and what society and the problems encountered espired the writings of each book. It really is a study of Jewish history and it's progression into the New Testement. Maps and charts clarify things so well.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Catholic Bible Personal Study Edition 7 Dec 2011
By Larry Shirkey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Great asset for Bible Study. The only negatives for me were the thin see through pages and small printing. I heartily recommend this for anyone taking a Bible Study class. I found the summaries for every book in the Bible which are at the front of this book very enlightening and interesting.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Study Bible 11 Dec 2013
By Johanna - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a former Protestant I have struggled to find a solid Catholic study bible. I am pleased to say my search has ended. The books have ample study materials both in the front of the book and within the books themselves. I am confused about the one poor review stating this is not a study bible. I consider myself to be an intermediate to advanced student of the word and have found this bible to contain an excellent overview and study of individual verses and chapters. Disregard that reviewer. The only improvement I would suggest is perhaps sturdier paper.

Buy this wonderful Bible! It won"t disappoint you.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Catholic or not, this is a must-buy Bible 5 April 2013
By Art - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are serious about understanding the historical context of the Bible, this is the version for you. With extensive annotations and notes amounting to textual exegesis, the scholarship behind this version of the Christian Bible is unbeatable. I used this text in writing my current publication on bible bullies, and found that it gave me insight into the early Church's reasoning behind their choices in selecting scrolls to include in the Bible. Further, when reading about how translators wrestled with Paul's syntactic style and how to smooth out his inconsistencies to make sense of some of his writing, one begins to understand the unique personalities of the actual writers of the scrolls chosen for the Bible and how anyone insisting on the "hand of God" having written it is no student of the Bible.
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