- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2863 KB
- Print Length: 1464 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: OSNOVA; 3 edition (10 Jan. 2010)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0033PSG1Y
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
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Catholic Bible (D-R) (best navigation) Kindle Edition
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I had always heard about the D-R Bible, the first complete Catholic Bible in English, and wanted to add it to my Kindle Bible collection because I enjoy comparing translations. After doing some research, I learned that the original D-R Bible, translated from the Latin Vulgate, for centuries the Bible of the Western Church and itself based on the Greek Septuagint, was published shortly before the King James Bible. The NT was published in 1582 and the OT in 1610. In fact, the translators of the KJV consulted it, particularly the NT, as they put together their own Bible.
The D-R Bible became popular after Bishop Richard Challoner made substantial revisions in the eighteenth century in order to make it less Latin sounding and thus more readable. His revision, which is the one most people read today and the one now on my Kindle, is thus sometimes called the Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision.
This D-R Bible has all the Deuterocanonical/Apocryphal books which many Protestant Bibles omit. I also discovered that because the D-R Bible follows the Latin Vulgate, whereas the KJV and its modern successors are based on the Masoretic text, the spelling and names of some of the books in the D-R Bible are different. For example, the Table of Contents shows Joshue, Isaias, Jeremias, and Osee (i.e. Hosea). The two books of Samuel are called 1 and 2 Kings; the two books of Kings are called 3 and 4 Kings; the two books of Chronicles are called 1 and 2 Paralipomenon.
It is important to know as well that the numbering of the Psalms in the D-R Bible follows that of the Latin Vulgate. When I went to read the familiar 23rd Psalm, I discovered that Psalm 22 in the D-R Bible is the one I usually think of as Psalm 23. Likewise, Psalm 50 is the one I usually think of as Psalm 51. I quickly adjusted to this numbering. OSNOVA's Bible is not in error; he is simply following the numbering of the D-R Bible as well as the spelling and names of its books.
This is my first experience with OSNOVA's Easy-to-Navigate feature. The active Table of Contents has links to every chapter in every book. For the Direct Verse Jump feature, I needed to get used to typing in the abbreviations for the various books, but I felt comfortable doing so in less than a day. I used the Table of Contents to see all the abbreviations, then spent a few minutes writing them out on a piece of paper that I can keep in front of me when needed. I am sure I will soon memorize these abbreviations because most are pretty obvious, like ru for Ruth, nu for Numbers, and col for Colossians.
To type in verse numbers, I have been using the top row of the Kindle keyboard (no need to go to SYM) by first pressing ALT and then remembering that the key on the far left is number 1 and the one on the far right is 0. It's a snap! I can get to a particular verse much faster than when thumbing through a paper Bible. This feature will be wonderful for Bible study when I want to get to a particular verse in a hurry.
I am not a Bible expert, so I will not comment on the translation itself except to say that I am happy to have a Bible based on the Latin Vulgate and Greek Septuagint in my Kindle Bible collection and that I have been enjoying it. In Psalm 50 (51), I like the phrase "thy tender mercies" in the D-R Bible better than "your abundant compassion" in the NAB. OSNOVA is to be congratulated for his fine work. All in all, I am very pleased that I bought this affordable, well-formatted and easy-to-navigate D-R Bible.
This publication is nicely laid out. The chapters and books don't just spill over from one to the next one, the verse numbers are superscripted so they don't get in the way of the text.
The navigation is also very well thought out. The publisher, OSNOVA, clearly cares about the quality of his product.
When I looked for a non-paper Douay-Rheims bible for my phone, far too many e-publications were not complete, with many verses missing. Also the chapter titles and the numbering of Psalms often did not match the true (paper) Douay-Rheims bible.
So far, this Kindle bible has matched my printed Douay-Rheims copy perfectly.
The direct jump feature only works on certain Kindles and not for instance on iPhones. However, the table of contents linking works fine for me. Still faster to get around than a paper copy.
Well worth the few dollars it costs to have this amazing bible in your pocket.