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Catholic Study Bible
Catholic Study Bible
by Donald Senior
Edition: Leather Bound

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NABRE : Oxford University Press, NY: Leather Bound, 24 Mar. 2015
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As an old-fashioned Englishman, I had become familiar with the NRSV, NJB, and the (old) NAB prior to discovery of the NABRE. What a wonderful new edition, with such care in translation, trusted and reliable. The 'reading guide' in the front section will supply all that I need for research / reflection / meditation, added together with the detailed textual cross references and footnotes given beneath each page of the Bible text; and, add the glossary, the concordance, the maps, and the so-helpful thumb indexation, it all makes for a truly COMPLETE Biblical library in one edition. This is the one Bible I will keep on my desk, and by my bedside. As it was chosen for a 'special' birthday, I was treated to the leather bound edition, and how beautifully and finely it is bound and presented.


St John of Bridlington - His Life and Legacy: The Last Englishman to be Made a Saint Before the Reformation
St John of Bridlington - His Life and Legacy: The Last Englishman to be Made a Saint Before the Reformation
by John Wardle
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brother John writes of Saint John, 18 May 2013
My brother John (my elder brother) has excelled himself! I recall his excitement and sheer enthusiasm as he set out for his sabbatical, with a seemingly endless list of introductions to Oxford, London and Rome in order to research the life of St John of Bridlington. His excitement and enthusiasm have not abated, and they vibrate throughout his telling of the story. As his younger brother, and as a reader, he thereby has a captive audience! Elder brothers are inclined to dominate in the family burrow, but not John - his thoughts carried him away into his vocation, not solely in academia (St John's, Durham) and music (Associate of the Royal College of Music, organ) but also into St George's Crypt, Leeds, working amongst the down-and-outs. Bridlington Priory was a perfect position for my brother John, erudite preacher, teacher, theologian; organist par-excellence; radio 'ham', astronomer, and much else besides, but all in a deeply Christian spirit (thinking of Pilgrim's Progress). John has written a book of excellence, factual, deeply and well researched, and written with a love of the English language, carefully presented so that it will have an open and wide appeal, so timely as Bridlington Priory marks this amazing centenary of its hidden treasure - St John of Bridlington, about whom so little was previously known - eg. which 'John' was which, Beverley or Bridlington. The CONTENTS of the book make the story easy to follow, and provide a list of John's in-depth research:

List of illustrations - Foreword by the Bishop of Hull - Acknowledgements - Preface
Ch. 1 The Early Life of the Augustinian Community
Ch. 2 The Life of John de Thweng (1320-1379)
Ch. 3 The Path to Canonisation
Ch. 4 Pilgrimage and Popularity
Ch. 5 The Legacy of St John

Notes:
Glossary of terms
Appendix A: The Middle English verse life of Prior John
Appendix B: Sources and select bibliography
Appendix C: Last Wills and Testaments
Appendix D: Grants and Charters
Appendix E: Miracles attributed to Prior John de Thweng
Appendix F: Other medieval documents
Appendix G: A comparative date chart
Appendix H: Liturgical resources

I heartily recommend my brother's book to both the casual visitor, the avid explorer; the inquiring historian, the archivist; and indeed, all those who have a deep devotion to Saint John of Bridlington. None will be disappointed.
I'm proud of the fulfilment by my brother of so fascinating a project - to discover and record the life of this great Saint John.
William J Wardle


Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives
Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives
by Pope Benedict XVI
Edition: Hardcover

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pope Benedict XVI - Infancy Narratives, 31 Dec. 2012
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I have journeyed through the Octave of Christmas 2012 in the light of the understanding of Scripture of Pope Benedict XVI, his third volume 'Jesus of Nazareth'.

His third volume appears to be a straightforward progression through the infancy narratives, but I soon discovered his thoughts to be more of a glorious lectio divina than of a commentary, made with the freedom of one who has such erudition within the summit of his mind, making it all the more theological in consequence. He sees and interprets every event in the infancy marratives that Scripture presents, observing all the prophecies that precede and viewing in all the circumstances volumes of significance for Christ's mission and ministry. Perhaps the most memorable feature of the book are such investigations that conclude with, "I tend to regard as the one true explanation..." or "It seems natural to me...", and I sat and savoured his closing comments regarding the 'finding in the temple': "It becomes quite apparent that [Jesus] is true man and true God, as the Church's faith expresses it. The interplay between the two is something that we cannot ultimately define. It remains a mystery, and yet emerges quite concretely in the short narrative about the twelve-year-old Jesus. At the same time, this story opens a door to the figure of Jesus as a whole, which is what the Gospels go on to recount."

There are some truly magical moments, quite often as asides (or deviations to follow a thread of thought, eg end of page 42 where he considers "the lofty theological task assigned to the child") and parts that are cosmic in their scope (eg mid page 100 where he considers "the language of creation").

I think this is a book that will reside in the memory of those who savour it as the scent of incense lingers long after the sound of the chant has died away, echoes that resonate in the heart.


A Harmony of the Gospels in the Knox Translation. Edited by Leonard Johnston ... and Aidan Pickering
A Harmony of the Gospels in the Knox Translation. Edited by Leonard Johnston ... and Aidan Pickering
by Leonard Johnston
Edition: Unknown Binding

5.0 out of 5 stars Review of service of 2nd hand book, 29 Dec. 2009
The book ordered Saturday 27th arrived 3rd. Condition exactly as stated, excellent service, "as advertised". Would highly recommend supplier.


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