Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago

Someone suggested I obtain a Catholic Bible. Can you direct me to a bible that is considered Catholic?

Thank you.

14 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    The following English Bible translations are approved by the Catholic Church for personal use:

    • Douai-Rheims

    • Confraternity Edition

    • Revised Standard Version (RSV) - Catholic Edition

    • New American Bible (NAB)

    • Jerusalem Bible

    • New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)- Catholic Edition

    • New Jerusalem Bible (NJB)

    • 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:

    With love in Christ.

  • 1 decade ago

    It's simply a Catholic Bible. Do a search for it on line or go to your local bible or book store and you'll find one.

    They are generally bigger and fancier looking than the other bibles....and I've never seen one that didn't have a hard cover. Many other Christian bibles do have soft, bendable covers that are pretty much bland. Catholic Bibles tend to have a picture of Jesus or something on the front and they are hefty and most are sold inside a box.

    These things aren't better or worse, just helping you recognize the difference.

  • 1 decade ago

    I use the New American Bible Saint Joseph Edition. I really love reading out of it. It has the contents listed in the front by sections:

    The Old Testament: The Pentateuch, the historical books, the wisdom books, and the prophetic books.

    The New Testament: The Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, New Testament letters, and the Catholic letters.

    It contains Maps for the Old and New Testament and has some photographs of locations for the Old and New Testaments. It contains and lot of subscripts to help you understand the Chapters as well.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    ImACatholic gave a good answer. Here is more detail:

    The Roman Catholic Church has (somewhat ambiguously) 3 "standards" of biblical approval: Vatican approval for lectionary use (the highest standard), regional approval for liturgical use, and approval for personal use (the lowest standard).

    To the best of my knowledge (which may be incomplete), only these English translations have received formal lectionary approval (which seems to have not been initiated until 1983). Note that the Rheims-Douay Challoner Revision, used previously in lectionaries, pre-dates the approval system.

    Jerusalem Bible

    New American Bible, revised for lectionary (not available for purchase)

    New Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition, revised for lectionary (not available for purchase, not in print until 2009)

    The following have regional approval

    New Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition - note: rejected by Vatican for lectionary use

    New American Bible - note: rejected by Vatican for lectionary use

    New Jerusalem Bible

    Contemporary English Version (New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs only, New Testament of first edition CEV approved by Vatican for lectionary use)

    Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition (I have been unable to verify the regional approval, but it appears to have such)

    Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision

    OK. In my opinion, the NJB is hands-down the best bible translation available - and I am *not* Roman Catholic. That should give you an idea of the quality of that translation. If you are looking for a very easy-to-read translation, this is not the one for you. If you are looking for the *best* translation, the NJB is the one to get. The reading level is 7.4

    Only slightly more difficult than the NAB (6.6).

    There are several versions approved for personal use. There are two ways that you can identify a Catholic-approved bible:

    1) imprimatur and nihil obstat - most Catholic bibles have these, which can be found usually on the title or copyright page. Imprimatur is a higher level of approval than nihil obstat. but is not the same as Vatican approval for liturgical use.

    2) books - all Catholic approved bibles have scriptures usually not included in other bibles, and the books are arranged in a particular order. If you find the book of Tobit following the book of Nehemiah, you are looking at a Catholic bible.

    Some of those approved for personal use are

    Revised Standard Version, Second Catholic Edition

    Confraternity Version - the NAB is the English update of this version and is considered much more reliable.

    Good News Translation, Catholic Edition (GNT) - very readable, but questionable accuracy, and the reading level remains moderate

    The Living Bible, Catholic Edition

    New Living Translation, Catholic Edition (NLT)


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  • 1 decade ago

    Look for Roman Catholic Bible as Holy See approval of seal.

    There are bad catholic bibles.

    Source(s): Help and keep me, from errors, O Jesus, by your holy Wounds. Amen
  • 1 decade ago

    Douay-Rheims Bible, also the Catholic Church uses the Jerusalem Bible, and the New American Standard Bible.

  • 1 decade ago

    It is called the Jerusalem Bible. You can also just search for 'Roman Catholic Bible' on site stores such as It is Not the King James Version.

  • 1 decade ago

    It is the same as the Protestant Bible except the Protestants have recently removed some of the books of the OT called the Deuterocanonicals. I think the Revised Standard Version is the best of the English translations.

    In Christ

    Fr. Joseph

  • tas211
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    There are Catholic stores all over the place where I live, perhaps there are some where you are also. If you purchase a Bible there it is sure to be a Catholic Bible. You can also purchase one from Barns and noble.

  • 1 decade ago

    Go to a Bible book store and tell them you want a Catholic Bible


    Go to a library and check one out.

    Source(s): Just the average picked on fundamental Christian…me
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