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The New American Bible, Catholic Edition

by Catholic Biblical Association

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My copy of The New American Bible, 1971 edition, is the cheap version, missing the dictionary and appendices mentioned on the copyright page. The signatures are sewn, but the cover is a limp imitation leather. My parents gave it to me for my 20th birthday, and I wish they had sprung for a sturdier, complete copy. The dictionary and appendices would have been nice to have, but my main reason is that my copy has not stood up well to daily reading for 40 years. The cover fell apart and off years ago, and some of the pages are loose. It sits in a folding book holder to keep it together.

On the other hand, the introductions, footnotes, and each page's box listing which verses on the page correlate with other Biblical books or epistles are helpful. I appreciate being told about puns in the original languages, customs, scientific information about miracles, inconsistencies between books, etc. (We Catholics are not required to take the Bible literally. Some footnotes or introductions even state that the language is figurative, not literal.)

I don't always agree with footnotes or introductions' conclusions, but I do like the fact that this Bible expects its readers to have brains and know how to use them.
  JalenV | May 13, 2015 |
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