The Bible is a place of encounter with the living God. When we read Sacred Scripture, we place ourselves in the presence of Christ, the Word of God: the same Word that drives out demons, makes the deaf hear and the mute speak, heals the sick, and raises the dead to life. His Word is power and life. But it is also difficult to understand! Here are some tips for finding the perfect Bible to help you grow in knowledge and love for the Word of God:
- The New American Bible (NABRE) is the official English translation of the Bible for the Catholic Church in the United States and in most English-speaking countries. Most versions of the NABRE have substantive footnotes to assist you in understanding the sacred text.
- The Revised Standard Version (RSV) is a popular option for Scripture study. It is a slightly more literal translation of the Greek and Hebrew Scriptures, whereas the NABRE is a more dynamic translation.
- The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) is the official English translation of the Bible for the Church in Canada. It differs from the RSV in its use of inclusive language ("fishers of people" instead of "fishers of men").
- The Good News Bible (GNT) uses simpler English and a smaller lexicon in its translation. It is ideal for those who speak English as a second language.
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