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Re: Bible Translation used in Divine Liturgy #312098 02/09/09 02:26 PM
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I'm new to this list and to "forums" so I'm sorry if I do something wrong. I was wondering if any of you could help me in choosing the best edition of the bible for our Byzantine Catholic family. I read a bit about the Orthodox Study Bible and while some liked it others felt it wasn't very good. Any opinions? Thanks for any help you may offer, Jodi

Re: Bible Translation used in Divine Liturgy [Re: Fr Serge Keleher] #312110 02/09/09 03:37 PM
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I'm still really confused. Could someone just point me in the direction of the best one to buy for our Byzantine Catholic family? Thanks

Re: Bible Translation used in Divine Liturgy [Re: mamaof4blessings] #312118 02/09/09 05:50 PM
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Dear "mamaof4blessings",

You can choose from any Catholic bible. My preferences are as follows (in order):

1. Revised Standard Version - Catholic Edition (RSV-CE) - This is very good, but uses some older English words and phrases (like "Thou hast").

2. Revised Standard Version - Second Catholic Edition (RSV-CE2) - This is the same as the above except the text has been updated to more modern English (phrases like "Thou hast" become "You have").

3. New American Bible (NAB) - The older editions have more accurate translations then the new editions. I believe that the one linked here is the 1987 edition.

4. Douay-Rheims Bible (D-R) - This is a very good version but the language is older (i.e., "Thou hast")

I personally use the RSV-CE for my daily reading, although I have also used the RSV-CE2 and the NAB. The above links are for reference. You can find many different editions, some with teaching commentary and some without, and compact small-print editions as well as large-print editions.

If you prefer modern English I recommend choosing #2. If you don't mind older English I recommend choosing #1.

John

Re: Bible Translation used in Divine Liturgy [Re: mamaof4blessings] #312123 02/09/09 06:37 PM
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Dear friend: Here are the bibles I recommend:


Orthodox Study Bible

I think the Orthodox Study bible is just fine.

And the traditional Douay-Rheims or Douay-Confraternity are very good, too:

Confraternity-Douay Bible

Douay-Rheims Bible

I also recommend the Jerusalem bible & Revised Standard version:

Jerusalem Bible

Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition

Revised Standard Version Second Catholic Edition


And finally the New Catholic Bible:

New Catholic Bible

I think that any of these are very good for Byzantine Catholics.

Blessings,

Lance


A Byzantine Christian in a Postmodern World


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Re: Bible Translation used in Divine Liturgy [Re: lanceg] #312631 02/14/09 04:05 PM
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For study we use the Douay-Rheims Bible (D-R) . Father Paul in bible study will sometines ask for us to read this as it is the oldest and closed to the origional meaning. LOL it seems there is alwys someone in every Bible study I have attended that refuses to look at more then one translation.

I will probably get the Orthodox Study Bible for my next one. I am still Roman yet tend to the East for many things.

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