[quote=CatholicHoser]I was given a Bible as a gift that is a “New American Standard Bible” (NASB), published by Zondervan Press. It is a study Bible that has extensive footnotes. In the intro it states that the notes were collaborated on and compiled by scholars from across many Christian faiths.
Is this Bible OK for a Catholic to read? Are some versions better than others for a Catholic?
Thanks for any input…
The NASB is fine. It’s a gift, so use it with gratitude. Someone meant well. It’s NOT a PARAPHRASE like the LIVING BIBLE was, or a deliberate mistranslation like the one the Jehovah’s Witnesses use. So, I wouldn’t worry about it.
One of the posters said something about the study aids being problematic - He’s right. I would read the NASB Bible but pretty much ignore the study aids except when they refer to translation or history.
I was given an RSV a long time ago (and I’ve lost it since), and the Priest on EWTN uses it (He uses the RSV-CE BY Ignatius Press) as well, because it’s a very accurate and fairly easy to follow translation. I thought the New RSV (NRSV) would follow in their footsteps, but BLECH! It’s ruined by “Inclusive Language” which the original writers never intended, and notes that suck the supernatural right out of the book! Blech! It’s not the RSV.
I also use a gift NIV which is small and lightweight, so I can carry around with me for daily readings away from home.
Keep these websites bookmarked:
(NAB on the Vatican Website - has CONCORDANCE - FREE CATHOLIC BIBLE)
Online Parallel Bible w/ Search - I started you off in the Gospel of Matthew (The site’s run by Protestants, so you won’t see the Deutrocanonical Books such as 1 and 2 Macabbees).
I’ll probably break down and buy myself a Catholic Edition of the RSV and an NAB one of these days (When I have money). Meanwhile, I’ll use the two Websites I posted for you.
Blessings and Peace, Michael