Study Bible


Not sure if this is best forum to post. I have a few $$$ that was given to me as a gift and I want to purchase a good study bible. Any one have suggestions. Prefer the NAB version. Thanks!


If you're looking for a good study Bible with commentary, there are three that I would recommend: The Ignatius Study Bible, the Navarre Bible, and the Douay-Rheims with Haydock Commentary.

So, which study Bible to get? Well, it depends on what you want. Scott Hahn and Curtis Mitch are working on the Ignatius Study Bible. I have several volumes, and I think they're great. The notes are very clear, there are ample maps, and there are occasional mini-essays dedicated to important passages for Catholics, or particularly important Greek words that are difficult to translate. The introductory essays are also very good. It utilizes the Revised Standard Version - 2nd Catholic Edition translation. The main problem with this version is that it is a work-in-progress. It is being released book-by-book; the New Testament has JUST been completed, and the Old Testament is now well underway, although no books have actually been released yet. A single version of the complete New Testament is going to be released around May, so you might want to wait for that. Once totally complete, many people think that this will become the new standard in Catholic study Bibles. This is the version to get if you're looking for a good, orthodox, in-depth study of the background and interpretation of the Bible.
Here's a link to the 13-volume paperback New Testament set:

(and one link to the volume on the Gospel of Luke so you can see inside: )

And here is a link where you can pre-order the brand-new single volume New Testament on It's going to be right around $20:

As far as the Navarre Bible, it is also outstanding. It has several distinctive features. First, it's complete. Second, it's available in four versions: a 10-volume hardbound set, a 12-volume paperback New Testament, an abridged single-volume New Testament, and a brand new expanded single-volume hardcover New Testament. The longer versions contain the text of the Bible (Revised Standard Version - Catholic Edition), the commentary, and the entire Nova Vulgata, along with long introductory essays. The abridged volume drops the Nova Vulgata and shortens the introductory essays. The hardbound version is almost of heirloom quality; it is very well made. The Navarre is printed by Scepter Press, the publishing arm of Opus Dei, so you KNOW it's going to be orthodox. The Navarre tends to be more of a devotional Bible than a rigorous scholarly study Bible. The great thing is that both Bibles present something completely different. You could read both and learn totally different things. I included links to where you can order them direct from Scepter Publishers, and also I included links when the page included the option to search inside the book so you can get an idea of the layout.

Here is where you can get the various versions:

The brand-new one-volume expanded New Testament:

The one-volume abridged New Testament:

The original ten-volume hardcover series:
New Testament:
Old Testament:
(and one link of the first volume so you can see inside: )

The twelve-volume paperback New Testament set:
(and one link of the first volume so you can see inside: )



I might also recommend the Douay-Rheims Bible with Haydock Commentary. This was a Bible commentary written by a Father Haydock in the mid-nineteenth century. It’s very orthodox also, and is known for utilizing a tremendous number of quotes from the Early Church Fathers themselves. If you want to know what the great theologians had to say about various passages, all in one place, than this is also a great resource. Not all Douay-Rheims Bibles have the Haydock Commentary, so search carefully. There is only one readily available version with the commentary, and it runs around $125. I should also point out that it’s available online for free viewing here:

Here’s a link to the leather-bound hardcover Haydock Douay-Rheims Bible:

(And here’s a link to a sample interior page: )

As a couple of added thoughts:

From EWTN:
The most widely used Catholic commentary is probably the Jerome Biblical Commentary, now in a 2nd edition. There is also a summary version of it. This commentary is the work of well-known Catholic Biblical scholars and is filled with articles on historical, archaeological, linguistic and other subjects useful for understanding the background of the Scriptures. The JBC is, therefore, a valuable resource for those seeking such information. However, the textual commentaries use primarily the historical-critical method, and thus must be read with discernment. The Church approves of the use of this method for the purpose of understanding the historical and literary foundations of the text (see Vatican II, Dei Verbum 11-13), but finds it an incomplete method apart from the Tradition. Scripture must be interpreted according to the analogy of faith, that is, in accordance with what God has revealed in toto, as taught by the Magisterium.

Here is the New Jerome Biblical Commentary at

There is also the brand new “Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture” that is in the works, although only four books have currently been released. What’s out, however, is really good, and written for more of an average audience. Here are links to the what’s available:
The Gospel of Mark

First and Second Timothy, Titus
(This one lets you look inside at some of the pages)


Second Corinthians


This is the NAB version study Bible I use:

But I also like to use the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible volumes Rolltide pointed out in an earlier post. If the price of $100+ is too much for you, you can probably find the individual volumes selling used for around $4~$5 a piece (I only have all 4 gospels and Acts of the Apostles).


Ignatius Study Bible - 5 stars.
Navarre Bible - 5 stars.
Oxford Study bible - 0 stars. This is HORRIBLE. The reader’s guide is like an anti-Bible tacked onto the front of a real bible. DONT GET IT.



The Complete New Testament of the Ignatius Study Bible will be released on April 1, and it will only cost $19.77 on Here’s a link to pre-order:


Thanks so much for the responses. A very good Catholic bookstore is not far from where I live and they do have some of the ones mentioned. I will take notes and look at them.


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