I’ve been using a NAB given to me by a nun to do devotions morning and evening, and the notes are really getting to me. What with all the notes on the evangelists adding certain passages for effect or to make Jesus’s story line up with OT prophecies, it makes me question the whole reliability of the Gospels. The notes on John 8 come right out and say that the story of the adulterous woman is a later insertion, for example. The notes sometimes go on to say that the writers derived concepts from non-canonical sources, such as the Book of Enoch, and they cite as examples and comparisons works like the Gospel of Thomas as though they were legitimate.
I don’t know what the purpose was in translating the Bible this way, but it certainly wasn’t to edify faith. When I come across these notes added by apparently capable researchers, it makes me wonder why either they or I bother with the religion at all. Their skepticism of the honesty and reliability of the Gospels make my mind take the whole work into question.