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New American Bible (NAB) with Revised New Testament and Revised Book of Psalms or NAB

The translation prepared for Catholics by the Catholic Biblical Association. The revised parts aim for more inclusive language. It is a very accurate translation and is used for the Sunday and weekday readings in the United States.

New Revised Standard Edition. or NRSV

This translation was authorized by the National Council of Churches in the United States and recently revised with some effort expended to use inclusive language. The Catholic version of it includes the deutero-canonical books. It is also very accurate and the Catholic version is used in Canada for the Sunday and weekday readings.

New Jerusalem Bible with Apocrypha: blue hardcover

A Catholic translation prepared in England in the style of the French Bible de Jerusalem. It is less literal but in clearer English. The recent revision includes some inclusive language. It has great footnotes, and it returns the ancient use of Yahweh for God instead of “the LORD” as in most translations.

NIV Study Bible, Personal Size Edition: New International Version or NIV

The very accurate translation favored by evangelical (or non-denominational) Christians. There is currently no version of it that includes the extra books Catholics hold as inspired.

The Holy Bible: King James Version (KJV), with concordance
or KJV

This is the old standard in English. An Elizabethan translation, there are versions updated to more contemporary English. Most still use the traditional “thee” and “thou” language.

Good News Bible
or TEB

This is a translation prepared by the American Bible Society that is crystal clear — very easy to understand. But it departs so far from literal translation as to be almost a paraphrase.

Reccomended Study Bibles

HarperCollins Study Bible

with Apocryphal and Deutero-conincal Texts (NRSV)

New Oxford Annotated Bible

with the Apocrypha, Expanded Edition: Revised Standard Version (RSV)

Catholic Study Bible

  • Asdasda

    I’ve gone back and forth through Bibles, using motsly the ESV and NIV in the past. I gave up using ESV because it was so choppy to read through, even though it was good for study. Readability and accuracy are both important to me. I still use the NIV a lot (a NIV/ Message parallel for reading), but it’s too familiar to me. I tend to gloss over verses a lot on accident, and the translation can be kind of generic sometimes.I’ve landed on the HCSB. They’ve marketed this Bible motsly as specialty Bibles (the soldier’s Bible etc.) but it’s an amazing version. It uses an “optimal equivalence” approach which uses both thought-for-thought and word-for-word depending on which they felt best portrayed the text. It uses words like “Messiah” instead of “Christ” and it just makes so much sense reading it. It is rich in language and very understandable.Here at SIBI, I’ve heard teachers say, “the real word should be ___ and I just wish a translation said it.” A lot of times the HCSB does! But they always forget the version lol. Anyway, I just bought a bigger version of it and plan on using it as my main version now.

  • Donna Maddix

    Why no mention of the Douhy-Rheims version……..with Haydock Commentary?

    and there’s another version that Father Corapi recommends (can’t think of what it’s called right now)

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