Shown is the New Revised Standard Version - Catholic Edition (NRSV-CE) Compact “Go Anywhere” Bible by Harper Collins in bonded leather with sewn binding.
Catholic Douay-Rheims onlyists complaints aside, the NRSV continues to be the most widely used Bible in academia. This post is not an in depth analysis of the pros and cons of the translation. Start your own thread if you feel compelled to complain. Tim’s Catholic Bibles blog has some excellent scholarly analysis and comparisons of various translations worth reading as does Mark D. Given from Missouri State University. I prefer a more readable translation and this is about as good as it gets.
It is always nice when traditionally non-Catholic publishers produce Catholic editions of the Bible. Including the Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation and a picture of the Pope doesn’t make a Bible Catholic and this includes neither. It does however, have all 73 books. Also included is a 32 page concordance and several line drawn maps. Footnotes are extremely sparse. This is not a study Bible but meant to be carried and read.
Parchment paper, lack of footnotes and a larger overall height and width (6.5" x 9.5") all contribute to this Bible’s efficient use of shelf space, occupying less than one inch when stood upright. There is a single brown ribbon and the page edges are more silver than gold. The bonded leather cover feel less like plastic than some others I have seen and the front cover is completely bare.The choice of modern 9pt sans-serif font surprised me and is very easy on the eyes given the large page size.
Overall this is a very nice package given the price. Very thin and light, NRSV lovers who travel a lot should enjoy this Bible. Savvy interwebz shoppers should be able to land it for around $20.