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Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible

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We spoke about Study Bibles yesterday, and here is yet another one for the Reformed (Anglican?) folk coming out this year: Reformation Heritage KJV (King James Version) Study.

The sampler is here. The notes – as would be expected – seem to be copious.

It should be ready in Fall, which for the rest of us (i.e. those who are not American or Canadian) means Autumn; and if, like me, you reside in the Southern Hemisphere, it means that it’ll be out in the Spring.


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July 23, 2014 at 14:11

The Didache Bible

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As any one who knows me will attest, I love Bibles (esp. Study Bibles) and have kind of got into collecting holy writ, be it Catholic, Protestant or Orthodox (btw. Protestants by far have produced the most Bible versions, however Catholics are slowly catching up). These are just two pics I quickly took to prove the point:

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So this in via one of my favourite blogs, Timothy’s Catholic Bible’s Blog (where you can get all the latest updates and reviews on Bibles).

Available October 2014.

The Didache Bible presents extensive commentaries on all books of the Holy Bible based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It includes the complete text of Sacred Scriptures, Old and New Testaments, using the Revised Standard Version, Second Catholic Edition. This Bible version is considered by many Catholic leaders and authors, including Peter Kreeft and Scott Hahn, as the most beautiful English translation of the Bible today.


    • Twenty-seven full-color biblical maps, including the journeys of Jesus Christ.
    • Common questions about the Faith answered in 106 apologetical explanations
    • Comprehensive, forty-four-page glossary and a topical index
    • Available in leather or hardcover
    • Useful for students and adults studying Scripture
    • Ideal for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the Catholic Faith
    • Accessible by all people in its level of scriptural scholarship
    • Large 6″ x 9″ siz
    • Gilded edges and a placeholder ribbon on the leather edition
    • Both editions are sewn

The Revised Standard Version – Catholic Edition is a textually accurate translation and is highly recommended.


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July 22, 2014 at 16:50

Little Rock Catholic Study Bible Available in eBook

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July 22, 2013 at 19:06

CEB Study Bible

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Coming soon:

Due out later this year, the CEB Study Bible will come in a number of different cover options including hardcover, deco-tone, and leather.  It will be available with and without the Apocrypha (Deuterocanonicals).

Having looked at a few of the sample pages, the single-column page format looks great and should assist with the overall readability of the volume. You can view a sample of the CEB Study Bible here, which includes the entire Gospel of Mark.

The CEB Study Bible combines the reliability and readability one expects of the Common English Bible translation with notes and other resources to help readers grow in their understanding of and engagement with the Bible. Each biblical book has an introduction that provides an overview of the book and other details like authorship and theme. Extensive study notes throughout the Bible provide information for the reader to understand the text within the larger historical and literary framework of the Bible and give important parallel and background verses. Unique to The CEB Study Bible are 210 sidebar articles for topics that require more discussion than the format of a study note allows. Concordance; 21 full-color maps from National Geographic; five articles from contributing scholars; and other additional in-text maps, charts, and pictures are included. Full color throughout.

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May 13, 2013 at 18:44

Ignatius Catholic Study Bible (Update) Old Testament

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Timothy has the news:

Responding to a listener question on a recent Catholic Answers Live radio program, Fr. Fessio of Ignatius Press stated that he hoped the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible Old Testament would be completed in a year or two.  That, of course, is nothing new.  We heard that from Dr. Scott Hahn a few months backs on EWTN Bookmark.  What was interesting, however, was that it appears that Ignatius may not ultimately publish the complete ICSB in one volume, but rather two.  Citing the amount of commentary and study helps found in the ICSB, he said they are struggling to figure a way to publish it in one volume.  You can listen to the entire program here.  He answers the ICSB question around minute 32.

Now, what do you think about the real possibility of there never being a complete, one volume edition of the ICSB?  Personally, having examined many study Bibles over the past ten years, including ones like the ESV Study Bible and the NLT Study Bible, both of which contain more notes and study helps than the ICSB, I would be highly disappointed if it is only available in two distinct volumes.  Those two study Bibles I just mentioned are full of annotations, contain a ton of extra material in the appendix, and come in many different editions and covers.  The NLT Study Bible, which I am flipping through as I write this post, has well over 300 pages of extra material in the appendix and contains more cross-references and in-text theme notes/person profiles/maps than the ICSB.  The ESV Study Bible, like the recently revised NIV Study Bible, is produced with full-color charts, images, and in-text maps.  When you compare these three study Bibles to the overall look of the ICSBNT, there is a huge difference in appearance and the amount of material contained within.  While the material in the ICSB is outstanding, something that has never been in doubt, the overall look and production quality is sorely lacking.  And the possibility of there not being a one volume edition is simply mind-blowing.  Again and again I continue to wonder what is going on at Ignatius Press concerning the ICSB.  Do they have limitations on what they can do?  Have they looked at other study Bibles on the market?  Where is the promotional support for the ICSB and the RSV-2CE?

Come on guys, hurry up yet!

The Bible in one volume will definitely be my Bible of choice.


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May 10, 2012 at 21:55

A Complete Ignatius Catholic Study Bible in 2014 / 2015

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It would seem as if an entire Ignatius Catholic Study Bible will be completed by 2014 or 2015.

I already have the New Testament and it really is good. I do hope they hurry along…

HTTimothy who notes:

The beginning of this interview I found most helpful, where Hahn essentially compares the ICSB to the NIV Study Bible. He notes, rightly so, that there are no Catholic study Bibles that have that mix of being both academic and theological, like the NIV Study Bible. I think we would all agree that the Catholic Study Bible from Oxford is clearly more academic.

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January 12, 2012 at 16:49

Maybe the ESV was Just a Marketing Ploy after all?

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So suggests Joel over as Unsettled Christianity.

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December 14, 2011 at 06:01


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