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The Catholic Study Bible [Paperback]

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Item Specifications...

Pages   2432
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.02" Width: 6.28" Height: 2.03"
Weight:   3.16 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 9, 2006
Publisher   Oxford University Press
ISBN  0195282787  
EAN  9780195282788  
Point/Type Size: 0.00
Version: NAB

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Item Description...
Since its publication in 1990, the Catholic Study Bible has been widely accepted for use by advanced students that have benefited from its wealth of background information on the historical, literary, and theological dimensions of the Bible. Now this landmark resource for Catholics has been significantly upgraded. The study notes have been completely rewritten, there are new and expanded essays (including ones treating Catholic traditions of biblical interpretation) and sidebars on special topics in the study materials and biblical text. The heart of the CSB's ancillary materials is an extensive Reading Guide that leads the reader through the Scriptures, book-by-book. Helpful marginal references in the biblical text point to specific pages in the Reading Guide, easing the retrieval of important background information. Also included are the complete Sunday and weekday lectionary readings for all three liturgical years of the Church, 36 pages of authoritative, full color New Oxford Bible Maps (with index), and a 72-page New American Bible Concordance. The Catholic Study Bible, Second Edition remains the unexcelled resource for use in parish and higher education settings.

Publishers Description
The landmark Oxford Catholic Study Bible is available now an upgraded and revised Second Edition. Completely re-written study notes, expanded essays and sidebars make this bible the perfect choice for study and worship.

The heart of this volume remains its extensive Reading Guide that leads the reader through the Scriptures, book by book. References and background information are clearly laid out in the margins of the text, guiding the reader to a fuller understanding of the Bible.

Other outstanding features include: a 15-page glossary of special terms, complete Sunday and weekday lectionary readings for the liturgical years of the Church. 32 beautiful pages of full-color Oxford Bible Maps come with a place-name index for easy reference.

Printed on smooth, durable paper and bound with the highest quality materials, the Oxford Catholic Study Bible is an incredible value. It is an essential resource for both experienced students and first-time readers.

* Articles (Biblical History and Archaeology; Catholic Interpretation of the Bible; Challenges of Biblical Translation; Paul and His Writings)
* Introductory Sectrions (1 & 2 Samuel; 1 & 2 Kings; Major Prophets, Baruch, and Lamentations
* Index to Study Materials

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Donald Senior, CP, is President Emeritus, Chancellor, and Professor of New Testament Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.
John J. Collins is Holmes Professor of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Yale University.
Mary Ann Getty is Professor emerita of New Testament at St. Vincent College.

Donald Senior has an academic affiliation as follows - Catholic Theological Union.

Donald Senior has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Abingdon New Testament Commentaries
  2. Interpreting Biblical Texts
  3. Passion of Jesus
  4. Passion Series
  5. Reframing New Testament Theology

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Watch the dates on the reviews!  Feb 19, 2007
Many of the reviews are dated before this second edition was published in 2006. The reviewers had in mind the first edition. The second edition is a significant improvement -- including a much easier to read font.
The Best Study Bible That's Out There! The Reason for My Faith Renewal!  Feb 7, 2007
I remember the moment well; the moment I took the first step in a virtual renaissance of what had been up to then a very superficial and inaccurate understanding of my Catholic faith and a comfortable Sunday-Catholic existence. Yes, I had read the bible before in a couple of versions but had been left cold as without any kind of guide to inform me of how to approach this great tome, I ended up having more questions than answers and even getting afraid of this quick-tempered Creator who appears to mercilessly slaughter those who didn't follow his ways but who appears to mellow out with age when I got to the New Testament. Not having any kind of guide to inform me about context and the various writing styles of the various books of the bible, I took it literally and naturally totally misunderstood its message.

Then, I remember during my college days, I felt a stirring to get to know my God better and I thought about doing this through reading the bible again but then I remembered my last experience and was almost put off. Thankfully, as if God read my thoughts, I stumbled upon this NAB Study Guide version of the bible and it was as if scales fell from my eyes as I started reading from page one, determined not to skip over anything. What I read shocked me no end and to some extent disappointed me as I realised how little I understood God and how my literal interpretation was the main reason for this.

The brilliant introductions and essays by renowned bible scholars of various Christian denominations made it so much easier to go through and understand each and every book of the bible and I felt as if Christ himself was explaining to me the meaning of what I read in the form of the very good footnotes which I turned to the moment I had problems understanding what I had just read. I remember having to make a special effort to resist diving into the bible right away but instead forced myself to read the reading guides like: General Introduction, The Biblical Texts and their Background, The Catholic Study Bible: How To Use It, The Bible In Catholic Life, An Outline of Biblical History, The Pentateuch, The Deuteronomistic History, etc and followed their recommendations on how to proceed with the bible proper.

That was the best thing I ever did as reading the bible after that became a relative breeze compared to my previous attempts and lo and behold, I actually understood what I was reading! Instead of the frightening inscrutable God of my previous readings, what I now discovered was an immensely loving and forgiving God; I recall crying several times while I was reading the bible and realising just how patient God had been with my total misunderstanding of Him and His motives in my life and I became determined to change after that.

I have since read this version of the bible 3 times and I'm about to begin again but this time with a different version (RSV) but equiped with the knowledge gained from this version, I'm unafraid that I will ever misread the overall message. Each time I've read the bible, I've come up with new insights and new rewards.

This version has nice leather binding with gilt pages to which I added index separators. It also has pages to record events such as births, marriages, deaths, confirmations etc in the family. At the end, it also has an extensive glossary, essays on the lectionary, lists of Sunday and weekday readings, biblical archaeology, geography of the holy land, extensive bible maps in color! and even an index to the maps.

If your story is something like mine and you really want to truly understand the bible and to read it in the right context as was intended by the original writers themselves as they were inspired by God, I'm convinced the only way is to get a good study guide to help you. My life has changed since I've read this version and I hope yours will too. Thank God for The Catholic Study Bible.

Very, very highly recommended.
This is my second one  Nov 3, 2006
It has great print size. Great for use with my bible sudy class.
a few pluses, a few more minuses  Apr 11, 2006
The NAB is a translation that has undergone constant revision over the last 35 years. Some of these revisions have been improvements and some of the revision has been in the direction of inclusivised English. The result is a text that is constantly changing. It may be the "official" Catholic Bible in English but this means only that it has the sponsorship of the American Bishops' Conference. It does not enjoy this status elsewhere in the Anglophone world. It is the starting point for the lectionary in use in the United States but the text has been revised extensively to make it suitable for liturgical use. Thus, the NAB does not correspond completely to the text used at Sunday mass. Nor does it match the texts in the Liturgy of the Hours, which uses the old NAB for everything but the psalms.

I have owned two versions of the NAB and found there to be more typos in the NAB than any other Bible I have ever owned.

The study materials are fine but much of the scholarship is modernistic. What is missing is the viewpoint of Catholic tradition, which often is more useful than modern scholarship for understanding how the mind of the Church comprehends a passage. For this the Navarre commentaries are helpful.

This is a large book of which the Bible itself constitutes about a third so it's a lot to haul around if you don't need the study aids.

I find this translation most useful in understanding OT passages where a more literal translation (RSV) is unclear. The translators often will aggressively rearrange the text for the sake of clarity even if they have to make some assumptions to achieve that clarity. The footnotes are often very good.

Stylistically, the NAB leaves a lot to be desired. Sometimes it is downright clunky. I would never use this translation in a Bible-as-literature course. Nor does it read well outloud.

While the NAB is on the literal end of the spectrum, other versions like the ESV and the RSV are closer to the original languages and are more suitable for serious Bible study.
Study Guides Are A Problem  Apr 6, 2006
This is a fair to middling translation.
The Study Guides lack any indepth material for the reader. And mostly it is of the left-of-center opinion. The authors of these study guides sound like socalled "authorities" on the History Channel, they think the Bible is a relatively late work.
The translation of the Psalms is terrible. They've lost so much of their poetic strength.

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