"Indeed, the word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart."
The knowledge of God's Word in our lives has a direct effect on our relationship with Christ. Yet if you don't have the best Catholic Bible for your unique needs, you may be missing out on opportunities to grow your faith.
Catholics have a broad range of choices when it comes to selecting a Bible. Finding the right edition for you will depend on your study purposes and what type of language style you prefer.
No matter which you decide is the best Catholic Bible, the Word of God will enrich your prayer life and bring you closer to the Lord through the study of Scripture.
Here are some options to help you choose the best Catholic Bible for you:
New American Bible
The popular New American Bible originated following a letter written by Pope Pius XII urging Catholic scholars to translate the Bible from its original languages instead of the Latin Vulgate. Over the course of several decades, scholars translated the Old Testament directly from the Hebrew and the New Testament from the Greek. The final completed version published in 1970.
This popular edition is easy to read and has become the most standard American Catholic edition of the Bible. Written in a formal yet familiar style, this is a great choice for Bible study and daily scripture reading.
Revised Standard Version Bible
If you are looking for a more contemporary Catholic Bible, the Revised Standard Version Bible is ideal. It is written in a more formal style of English than the New American Standard, yet is still easy to understand and follow.
The Revised Standard Bible, published in 1952, is a revision of the New American Standard and is a nearly literal translation of the Kings James version. It is a Church favorite for private and public worship.
Versions in our collection of Navarre Bibles include individual books of the Bible to complete New and Old Testament texts. These Catholic Bibles include helpful Catholic commentary to give readers a better view of the Scriptures.
Use a Navarre Bible to help you connect with the Saints and Holy Spirit. These collections will provide you with an abundance of knowledge of the Catholic Church along with in-depth commentary of God's word.
A time-honored edition, the Douay Rheims Bible is considered by most scholars to be the most accurate translation of the Bible. This version published in Reims, France in the late 1500's. Translated from the Latin Vulgate, the goal of the translation was to maintain the Catholic faith in light of the Protestant Reformation.
The Douay Rheims Bible reads more formally but has been a beloved addition to Catholic homes and churches for years.
For greater understanding and examination of the Scriptures, companion study guides such as Does the Bible Really Say That? by author and broadcaster Patrick Madrid are invaluable aids. Catholic Scholars like Madrid can provide valuable commentary and historical perspective on God's Word to help Catholics better understand the Roman Catholic Bible and their faith's teachings.
Owning and using a Catholic Bible is part of every Catholic's walk with Christ. The more you understand the truths of Scripture, the deeper your relationship with Him will grow.
Browse our wide variety of Roman Catholic Bibles available from Leaflet Missal to find the right one for you.