What is the difference between the New American Bible & Revised Standard Catholic Bible?

What is the main differences between the New American Bible & Revised Standard Catholic Bible?

Thanks for your time.

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11 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    You would do well to stay away from anything that has the word catholic on it.

    Try the Life in the Spirit Study Bible. It is geared toward true full gospel spirit-filled living and worshipping.

    Rituals will not save you.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    New American Bible Revised

  • 1 decade ago

    There are at least 8 Bible translations in print that are either original or modified as Catholic versions (officially approved by the Magesterium)

    The New American Bible was first published around 1970 and was chosen by the USCCB to be the version for use in the Liturgy. It is a word for word translation.

    The Revised Standard Version Catholic Bible is a version of the RSV which was published in 1946. What historically was called the 'Protestant bible", King James (Authorized) Bible was revised in 1906 to modernize the language and included changes that resulted from extensive bible scholarship. That version was called the American Standard Version. Yet again in the 1940's scholars came together to revise or update the text as new biblical and linguistice discoveries had arisen and to produce a literal, word for word version that would be more amenable to the English used of the day. Hence the Revised Standard Version. Later that version was revised again to use gender inclusive language. That is the NRSV (New Revised Standard Version) Both latter transaltions have been secondarily revised to be 'Catholic' by the inclusion of those books of Hebrew Scripture that are Protestants removed from the Canon. To muddle matters more the Eastern Orthodox have a couple of extra books that RC and Protestants omit.

    Virtually all modern versions of the Bible are the products of Catholic, Protestant and Hebrew scholars working collaboratly.

    Subjectively - in my personal opinion and that shared by all of my orthodox Catholic scripture professors - I prefer the RSV do to its more poetic language vs. the NAB which to me has brutalized our English language. Just my opinion for what it's worth. ;-)

    You might want to try a parallel bible that prints the texts of multiple versions side by side and explains ahead some of the main and not so main differences (See below) Hope that helps!!

    Source(s): The Catholic Comparative New Testament. Oxford University Press. copyright 2005. ISBN 0-19-528299-X This has 8 Catholic versions of NT only. The Complete Parallet Bible. Oxford University Press. copyright 1993. ISBN 0-195283318-X This has four translations complete with apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books of Old Testament. Included are New Revised Standard Version, Revised English bible, New American Bible and New Jerusalem Bible.
  • 1 decade ago

    Just the translation.

    The New American Bible (NAB) and Revised Standard Version (RSV) - Catholic Edition bible are both approved for use by Catholics for personal use along with the following Bible translations:

    + Douai-Rheims

    + Confraternity Edition

    + Jerusalem Bible

    + New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)- Catholic Edition

    + New Jerusalem Bible

    + Today's English Version - Catholic Edition

    I recommend the New American Bible (NAB) which is the version used during Mass and other liturgies in the U.S. and many other English speaking countries.

    Here is a NAB website: http://www.nccbuscc.org/nab/bible/


    With love in Christ.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The Catholic bible has more books in the old testament than most other versions of the Bible. I think they are called the Apocrypha. The King James and some other versions of the Bible are translated from Latin. Other versions of the Bible are translated directly from the original Hebrew and Greek text. The latter is the version I prefer because it is closer to what the writers originally wrote.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The Revised Standard is a more literal translation than the New American (not to be confused with the New American Standard). The New American also takes more liberties with the underlying text than the Revised Standard. I think the Revised Standard is a more reliable translation even if it is a bit more wooden in its style.

  • J
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    I don't know but it troubles me that so many people put so much credence in the bible or the koran etc and there are so many different versions, and so many religious sects that each claim they have the true answer. Yet, most people believe what their parents believe -- so if I was raised by baptists I'd most likely be a baptist etc. Doesn't that make you think - just a little that we have hundreds of religions that have believers who are so convinced that their beliefs are the true ones?? They all can't be right --so then aren't most false at least in some material way??

  • 1 decade ago

    its a different translation of the same greek basetext. ancient greek is a very flexible language, without interpunction, and the context, or emotions carried in the lines are lost to us now.

    every bible translation has tried to give word to these. but opinions of translaters differ, and so do translations.

  • 1 decade ago

    one is created to get rid of the errors in the last one...and to further suppress the real truth...the bible shouldnt be called "The word of God"instead it should be called the "Word of Fraud"

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Go to bibleresources.bible.com and see for yourself they are all there to read free.

    God Bless!

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