Revised Standard Version Catholic Bible: Compact Edition Hardcover – 31 Jan 2008
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This is an English update of an American update of the King James / Authorised Version. Much of the language used is familiar - the poetic beauty of the King James all seems to be there but without some of the more antique language. I understand it also steers more towards textual accuracy than general modern-language equivalence. So spot on as far as I am concerned.
I ought to mention to non-catholics that the "Catholic Edition" bit doesn't mean the translation is different but that it includes the extra Old Testament books and passages which Protestants call the Apocrypha (and Catholics call deutero-canonical) which are missing from some editions.
The book itself is a nice neat package - easily fitting into a coat pocket or bag. It has several decorated introductory pages with spaces for dedication, family tree and similar making it suitable as a gift from godparents etc.
The typeface is small but very clear on fine paper. Perfect for young eyes (which mine aren't) and very good for all others.
The design is very good, and not the norm for an Oxford Bible. The size is good for a pocket Bible, it handles well, and, if you have bought the version without the zipper, there are no problems opening it. The text is small, but uncluttered, even in the prose sections. There are section dividers that add some extra white space to make things easier on the eye. I need reading glasses, but I can see the text without much problem. The notes are placed at the end of the OT and NT, and Dei Verbum is at the beginning. There are attractive glossy pages for family tree details - although why you'd want this in a pocket Bible I don't know.
The only negative is that the weave spine cover does not bind well to the end papers, and is quite noisy as you open and close, with a clearly audible crinkling sound. Apart from that, this is the translation stream (KJV, RSV, ESV, NRSV) pocket Bible I have been looking for.
Along with the text of the Bible, you get features such as "Measures and Weights in the Bible", at the very back one finds "Prayers and Devotions of the Catholic Faith" containing the basic prayers, Acts of Faith, Hope, Love and Contrition etc., the stations of the cross and prayers to Our Lady. The Appendices comprise brief notes from the Doauy Rheims translation which are at the back of each testament. There is a second appendix in the New Testament which shows the changes of the wording and footnotes between the RSV Protestant and Catholic versions. Bonded leather, gilt edging (mine slightly ruined with glue) - somewhat standard amongst OUP's range of Bibles. The zipper comes with a gold Miraculous Medal attatched. My only criticism is that it doesn't contain a ribbon marker, so have adopted a Holy Card instead.
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I ordered this Bible as my pocket New Testament was being battered about in my handbag. I was very impressed from the moment I opened it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cheryl-Lee McPhillie
Very good! I recommend this to everyone who is a Catholic, or anyone thinking of being baptised!Published 2 months ago by Rory MacMahon
An excellent version of the Bible which is recommendable to everybody to achieve their goals and dreamsPublished 6 months ago by Jorge Zuazola
an excellent bible .....unfortunately the printed word is far to small which makes reading tedious and difficult.Published 7 months ago by ferdinand vincent