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The Revised Standard Version Catholic Bible: Reader's Version Imitation Leather – 31 Dec 2006
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Because it is the Revised Standard Version, this bible is comfortable for us moderns to read, without strange unfamiliar words, yet it still maintains much of the dignified rhythm of the King James Bible. This, of course, is a Catholic Edition of the RSV, with the deuterocanonical texts blended into the Old Testament. Many Catholics, especially conservatives, favor the Revised Standard Version. The translation of the New American Bible is too awkward for them, while the New Jerusalem Bible never really caught on in America (the NJB is the Catholic Bible of choice in most English speaking countries outside the USA). Ironically, the RSV was considered too liberal by conservative Protestants back in the 1950s when it burst on the scene. Now, the lack of gender neutral language apparently makes it less than liberal. For that, people should seek out a New Revised Standard Version, but to my knowledge none of the Catholic editions of the NRSV are available in a leather cover.
Includes a presentation page in the front, plus baptism record, confirmation, first communion, marriage and family section for anyone who likes those things in their Bible. The layout of the bible text is excellent, with no annotations and no cross references. It does, however, have discreet little dividing lines to let you know where each section begins and ends. It does not tell you what that section is about nor provide any sort of commentary, just a short dividing line to indicate that a new topic is beginning. A nice touch I think. Just simple text with a bit of help. Remember, this is not a study bible. It is simply a nice, excellently translated, well made Catholic Bible.
The Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSV-CE) is a good choice of translations to read. It retains some of the classical language that many people find familiar from the King James Version (KJV), but loses some of the very difficult idiomatic phrasing from the KJV that dates back to the time of Shakespeare.
The RSV-CE edition, completed in the 1960s, updates information based on more recent biblical scholarship than the 400 year old KJV. It does not, however, include even more recent biblical scholarship that is available in the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV). However, the language in the NRSV may not feel "quite right" to those who expect to hear or read well-known Bible passages and have them "sound" like they have sounded before.
The fine points of why all of these differences exist are best left for Theologians, Bible Scholars, and Evangelists to debate (which they often do). And of course, being a Catholic Edition, the RSV-CE contains the Deutrocanonical Books that the current KJV does not, for those who are interested in that.
But the point is that the RSV-CE is a comfortable read, the passages have the classic feel, but without the complexities of trying to figure out the Old English of the KJV.
The material quality of this Reader's Version of the RSV-CE is excellent! In my search through the various Bible translations, I now own more than a dozen Bibles. Type-size and paper thinness are always issues. The type size of this Reader's Version is better than average, though not in the category of "Giant" or "Large" print. But it is acceptable for my 50-year old eyes.
The paper is thin, but not too thin. The cover is soft and the binding is such that the book lays open easily. It "feels" like a very high quality Bible. It's size is a fairly typical average size for Bibles these days. It's not a very large Bible, but certainly much larger than the many pocket sized versions around.
So, I highly recommend purchasing this Bible. It is among the top quality Bibles available.
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