I’m still in search of a good Teen Catholic Study Bible. I want to make sure I’m reading the proper text and teachings of the catholic church.
In my last post, someone told me that the catholic bible contains the Book of Wisdom and others say it has additional books as well that weren’t added in the christian bible by the ‘founding fathers’ for whatever reason.
I mean no disrespect to those who think less of me for asking such questions. I just want to be sure I’m reading the proper text so I would really be grateful if those who answer don’t leave rude comments.
If possible, can you recommend some good Catholic Teen Study Bibles.
Thank you and God Bless!!!
The New Testament canon of the Catholic Bible and the Protestant Bible are the same with 27 Books.
The difference in the Old Testaments actually goes back to the time before and during ChristвЂ™s life. At this time, there was no official Jewish canon of scripture.
The Jews in Egypt translated their choices of the Hebrew Scriptures into Greek in the second century before Christ. This translation of 46 books, called the Septuagint, had wide use in the Roman world because most Jews lived far from Palestine in Greek cities. Many of these Jews spoke only Greek.
The early Christian Church was born into this world. The Church, with its bilingual Jews and more and more Greek-speaking Gentiles, used the books of the Septuagint as its Bible. Remember the early Christians were just writing the documents what would become the New Testament.
After the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, with increasing persecution from the Romans and competition from the fledgling Christian Church, the Jewish leaders came together and declared its official canon of Scripture, eliminating seven books from the Septuagint.
The books removed were Tobit, Judith, 1 Maccabees, 2 Maccabees, Wisdom (of Solomon), Sirach, and Baruch. Parts of existing books were also removed including Psalm 151 (from Psalms), parts of the Book of Esther, Susanna (from Daniel as chapter 13), and Bel and the Dragon (from Daniel as chapter 14).
The Christian Church did not follow suit but kept all the books in the Septuagint. 46 + 27 = 73 Books total.
1500 years later, Protestants decided to keep the Catholic New Testament but change its Old Testament from the Catholic canon to the Jewish canon. The books they dropped are sometimes called the Apocrypha.
The following Bible translations are approved by the Catholic Chruch for personal use:
+ Confraternity Edition
+ Revised Standard Version (RSV) – Catholic Edition
+ New American Bible (NAB )
+ Jerusalem Bible
+ New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)- Catholic Edition
+ New Jerusalem Bible
+ Today’s’ English Version – Catholic
Only the New American Bible (NAB) is approved for liturgical use in the U.S. and many other English speaking countries. Here is the NAB website: http://www.nccbuscc.org/nab/bible/
With love in Christ.
To find out if you are reading a Catholic book, the first or second page of the book should have NIHIL OBSTAT: and also IMPRIMATUR:
All Catholic ":blessed": versions of the Bible are based on the Westcott and Hort text, which are unreliable sources. Better to stay with versions that use the Textus Receptus (my personal preference is the New King James).
The way you can tell a good version and a bad version. Look for the passages that refer to Jesus having brothers and sisters.
If you want a Study Bible, it does not have to be Catholic. It can be non-denominational. I’m going through this one right now. It’s awesome.
The best Catholic bible you can go for is the Douay-Rheims bible.Here is the Douay-Rheims online: