Let’s Read the Bible


You wish Catholics were more familiar with the bible and read it. After all, the bible is the word of God and a way we know Jesus Christ. What bible should you read, anyway?

Go into a Barnes and Noble store or check out Amazon.com and you can easily get overwhelmed by the different bibles you find. Which one’s for you?

There are two modern translations of the bible we might single out as “Catholic bibles.”

 1. The New American Bible–Revised Edition (NABRE)

This bible appeared late in 2012. It is a revised edition of the New American Bible published in 1970 and translated from the original biblical languages. Used in Catholic pubic worship in the United States, this new edition offers excellent notes which make it particularly good for private study.

2. New Jerusalem Bible (NJB) 

The NJB is a 1985 revision of the older Jerusalem Bible (JB), translated from the original languages, but developed from a popular French translation done in Jerusalem, which is why it was called the Jerusalem Bible. It also offers good notes for private study.

Bibles in Print

The American Bible Society, which follows the bible scene closely, describes many bibles in use today on their website.They also have good background material for bible study.

Its website says the King James Version (KJV) of the bible is “still the most widely owned and used English translation in the USA.” However, it notes that “many of the best and most ancient Hebrew and Greek manuscripts of Bible books have been discovered since 1850, and so the KJV could not make use of them.” The KJV version suffers because it has not been improved by these discoveries and other advances of recent biblical scholarship.

New translations like the New Internations Version (NIV) and New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) have been done in recent years to make use of the ancient Hebrew and Greek manuscripts, yet they follow in the King James tradition.

The New American Standard Bible (NASB), revised in 1995 offers a formal translation of the bible less dependent on the King James version.

Other modern translations like the Good News Translation (GNT) and the Contemporary English Version (CEV) are in a contemporary style using common language for readers not familiar with traditional bible and church words.

The USCCB has a list of bibles approved for use by Catholics.

In the mission last night, I preached a sermon THE BLIND MAN ON THE ROAD AND ZACHAEUS UP A TREE. You can find a summary on this blog January 30, 2012.

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