HarperCollins Study Bible or Ignatius Catholic Study Bible: New Testament?
Lately I've been needing to get my life together. I have always struggled at reading a bible with clear understanding. So, I am looking to get a study bible.
After some research, two study bibles that stood out to me were the ESV Study Bible and the NKJ Study Bible. Now, I know those aren't catholic accepted books, and are more so for protestant and evangelist. They just stood out to me because of the content and structure of the their books. I liked that they had thousands of notes, commentaries, character profiles, glossary of terms, colored maps and pictures, etc.
So, I tried looking for a Catholic accepted study bible just like one of those, and I came across a couple that I hope are very similar structure wise to the ESV and/or KJV study bible.
The two that I found that are quite popular are the HarperCollins and Ignatius. Anyone on here have any experience with either of those? I am leaning towards HarperCollins because it is a full all-in-one, while the Ignatius one is just the NT.
A little back story, I am not a devoted catholic that one might think. I was born and raised catholic. I went through the sacraments. I attended sunday school from 1st grade to 8th grade, while going to public school, and then attended a Catholic High School. Unfortunately, I didn't take it serious. And thus, I kind of resented Catholicism and some of their practices. Especially when I got to college and a friend took me to their non denomination christian church. I loved it. I loved that it was an every day person up there sharing God's word and not a Priest, and not having to stick to strict formalities that I would have to do in a Catholic mass. I just felt more at home at those Christian masses rather than a catholic mass. But I was baptised Catholic and my whole family is catholic, but not really practicing catholics, but I feel like I owe it to them to remain catholic and not follow another Christian Denomination. And of course one day have a Catholic wedding.
But it in my belief and faith, which is the most important thing to each one of us, is that I don't see why you have to follow one precise religion and one precise denomination of that religion to become close to God, and live the way he wants me to live. I am not looking to claim myself as a Catholic, Protestant, Baptist, Evangelist, etc. I am looking to be a born again and become much MUCH closer to God. And I don't see anything saying that I can't do that with any type of Christian denomination bible. So, I would have no problem reading the ESV or KJV study bible. But of course if there is a similar or even better study bible which is more closely to Catholicism, than great.
I have a lot of figuring out to do though, and hopefully one of these study bibles can help.
Thanks in advance for the responses. It is greatly appreciated.