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Aug 12, 2006, 1:35am Top

I realized, looking through my library, that I have what seems to be a bizarre number of Bibles -- more than 20, especially since I am betting there are some that either didn't make it into my LT database or weren't tagged correctly.

I tell myself that I have some good excuses for having so many -- years of teaching Sunday School / CCD / Bible Study, and one of the things I always loved to do was give the students the opportunity to see what different Bibles are like. And some of them do have special purposes -- I have one that I do all of my highlighting and note-taking in, some foreign language Bibles, some that I use with different age groups, and some that I was given as gifts for special occasions.

But I think that I'm probably also just a Bible collector. :)

So which one is your favorite?

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Edited: Aug 12, 2006, 9:30am Top

The RSV Catholic edition is quite nice. Its language is traditional without being fusty and incomprehensible. It and has some basis in the more poetic King James, but heavily modified by recent scholarship. The anachronistic language is removed, as well, to keep from tripping thee up.

The origins of the RSV are in Oxford, i believe, originally under the guise of the Church of England. But the translation had a lot of Catholics working with it, too, so the egregious anti-Catholic twists of the KJV were removed. The Catholic edition includes the full deuterocanonical books.

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Aug 12, 2006, 11:00pm Top

Does anyone have a good Bible with Latin and Greek en regarde?

Aug 14, 2006, 5:56pm Top

I don't have such a paper Bible, but I do have that in my Mac software Bible. :D Along with every English translation I could ever want to compare.

I am such a Bible geek. :p

6An_Fear_Glas First Message
Sep 13, 2006, 9:59pm Top


Douay-Rheims, which bears the Imprimatur of James Cardinal Gibbons, Archbishop of Baltimore from 01.September.1899.

This one is a related edition-

And another good archive:

As far as favourites are concerned, that being the topic here: the Vulgate is my reference text.

Oct 16, 2006, 5:05pm Top

It's not a complete Bible, but I quite like Novum Testamentum Graece et Latine, which Amazon lists for $37.79.

Oct 28, 2006, 12:13pm Top

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Apr 12, 2007, 5:12pm Top

I generally use the RSV 2nd edition (alongside the Vulgate) for study, but I understand why the bishops are reluctant to have it be the official liturgical text, since it does have its origins in the KJV. I also like the Jerusalem Bible, particularly the Psalms and wisdom literature, which have a much more poetic feel even if the translation is on the dynamic side. The JB seems to have a similar philosophy to the NAB, but just does it better, and without the problematic footnotes and hopelessly awkward renderings (e.g. NAB's "God-Hero, Father-Forever" instead of "Mighty God, Eternal/Everlasting Father" in Isaiah 9).

Jun 26, 2011, 8:44pm Top

Catholic Prayer Bible Lectio Divina Edition by Paulist Press for meditation
St. Marys College Study Bible for study

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