Tuesday, March 30, 2010
From Saint Mary's Press, who publishes the Catholic Youth Bible, comes the Catholic Family Connections Bible. Utilizing the current NAB translation, this Bible: "Helps families connect to each other through family faith conversations, helps families connect to Faith through practices of prayer and devotion, and helps families connect to the community through participating in Christian service together." I received an email this morning from Amazon.com stating that this Bible was now available, however, the Saint Mary's Press website says that it will be released in June. In either case, there seems to be a push from Catholic Bible publishers to produce more attractive "family" editions of the Bible, perhaps as opposed to those large heirloom Bibles that too few people actually use.
The Catholic Family Connections Bible will come with the following features:
* Over 700 lively articles help you Pray It! Study It! Live It!??
* Catholic Connection articles provide a presentation of key Catholic doctrine
* 28 articles address the seven principles of Catholic social teaching
* 75 inspirational illustrations
* Helpful index to life and faith issues
* Easy-to-use glossary of Scripture-related terms
* Sunday Lectionary readings for all three cycles
* "Catholic Connections" index
* "Sacraments Connections" index
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Saint Benedict Press will be shipping their First Communion and Confirmation Gift Bibles on March 25th. These hardbound gift Bibles come in both the NAB and Douay-Rheims translations. What, no RSV? ;)
The NAB and Douay-Rheims First Communion editions include:
"Pages of colorful images, child-friendly stories on the lives of young Saints, daily Catholic prayers, including how to pray the Rosary, and explanations of the Seven Sacraments. This elegant edition also contains an explanation of the Mass and the complete Calendar of Sunday and Weekday Readings. The treasures discovered in this keepsake box will multiply the Graces received in the Sacrament of Holy Communion."
The NAB and Douay-Rheims Confirmation edition includes:
"Stories on the lives of young Saints, explanations of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, and well-known prayers written in English and Latin. This elegant edition also contains answers to teens’ top questions about Catholic moral teaching and the complete Calendar of Sunday and Weekday Readings. The treasures discovered in this keepsake box will multiply the Graces received in the Sacrament of Confirmation."
You can find both editions, available for pre-order, on the Saint Benedict Press website.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
**I would like to thank Mary Elizabeth Sperry, from the USCCB, for sending me a review copy**
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
1) Word of God Everyday: This is a Catholic site where you can sign up to receive a scripture verse sent to your email everyday. I just signed up a few days ago. They also have a Pope Benedict Everyday site as well.
2) I also want to recommend, as I did a few months ago, a Catholic Men's website that contains numerous Bible study audio, many of them by a former professor of mine Dr. Peter Williamson. There are audio files of his current Bible study on the Book of Revelation, as well as many of Paul's letters. It's definitely worth a listen......and it's all free!
3) I received an email from Saint Mary's Press, known mostly for their Catholic Youth Bible, announcing the upcoming release of the Catholic Family Connections Bible. Due to be published in June, it will come in multiple cover editions.
Friday, March 12, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
The standard hardcover edition, which I purchased, contains a concordance, which is missing in the college edition. The maps are generally the same, however, there is an additional update to the maps concerning the Setting of the Exodus, Roman Empire, and Setting of Early Christian Missions.
One of the immediate areas where the NOAB has been updated is in the individual book introductions. Although I haven't had a chance to read them in detail, each intro is clearly marked and broken down into parts focusing on issues like Authorship, Date, and Place of Composition, Literary Form, Interpretation, Style, Structure, and additional issues pertaining to the book being read. This makes finding particular introductory information a lot easier than in prior editions. One helpful inclusion, for example, I found in the introduction to Ephesians, where the NOAB included a chart documenting the parallels between Ephesians and Colossians. Nice touch!
Throughout the text, there are 40 additional in-text maps, charts, and diagrams, many of which were included in the Augmented 3rd edition. The appendix contains a set of essays covering the Canons of the Bible, various forms of Interpretation from ancient to modern, Cultural Context essays, and a set of tables that includes a historical timeline, table or rulers, weights and measures, calendar, and parallel texts. There is also a glossary of biblical scholarship terms and a complete index to the study materials.
Overall, it seems like it is a very nice update to the Augmented 3rd edition. I have checked up on some commentary notes that had me scratching my head in the previous edition, and for the most part I think they have been improved and clarified. Of course, I have only had this 4th edition in my hands for hardly twenty-four hours, so take that for what its worth. Again, one must keep in mind that this is an ecumenical study Bible that has Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish contributions. If you are looking for a devotional or life application study Bible, don't buy this one. However, if you like your study Bible with plenteous notes on literary forms, historical context, and other modern Biblical scholarship terms, purchase the NOAB 4th edition. It will eventually come in genuine leather too!