Traditional Bible on CD

I want to buy an entire approved Catholic Bible on CD. I would prefer it to be traditional in language (the vernacular), but I can’t find the Douray Rheims on CD. Does anyone know of anything close?

There is a CD version of the Douay Rheims available on eBay right now–check

I was looking for one that could be played on a CD player. This one is a PDF, to be read on a computer.

To my knowledge, the only way to get the Douay Rheims in an audio version is a cassette tape set that costs about $200. St. Joseph Communications is currently converting it to CD format. This was told to me over the phone by someone who works there.
Watch their website. I hope it will be out soon.


EXCELLENT! Precisely what I want!

I talked to the folks at St. Joseph Communications yesterday.
They said thay the New Testment is completed and they will be releasing it at a large Catholic Conference next week. I think she said “The Catholic Family Conference” but I’m not sure. It will be available to the general public after that. She also said it should be on their website in about 2 weeks.


Wow, THANKS, Max!!!

I’ve reverting to an activity of my Protestant childhood: I’m going to attempt to memorize scripture. It was KJV then, now I want an authorized text, but with comparably beautiful language.

This is GREAT news! Did they give any indication on when they would the the OT finished?

BUT… the KJV was the authorized version… oh wait. my bad… :wink:

As beautiful as the language is (and it is), I want the one with Holy Mother Church’s stamp of approval.

No, they just said that they were working on it and it is quite a tedious process. I’m sure it will be out in a few months or by the end of the year.


As a former protestant myself, I don’t think you will be entirely happy with the DR. Or the RSV-CE, either. Both definitely feel like “compromises” after the beautiful language of the KJV. (I’m a former protestant, too.) I’ve gone with the RSV-CE almost exclusively for study/devotion and for scripture memorization, as the names and sentence structure are more familiar to what I grew up with.

Here’s an example of the 23rd Psalm from both the RSV-CE and the DR (though it’s the 22nd Psalm in the DR):


The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want;
he makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters;
he restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil;
for thou art with me;
thy rod and thy staff,
they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
thou anointest my head with oil,
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall
follow me
all the days of my life;
and I shall dwell in the house of
the Lord
for ever.


The Lord ruleth me: and I shall
want nothing. He hath set me
in a place of pasture.
He hath brought me up on the water
of refreshment: he hath converted
my soul.
He hath led me on the paths of
justice for his own name’s sake.
For though I should walk in the
midst of the shadow of death, I will
fear no evils, for thou art with me.
*Thy rod and thy staff: they have *
comforted me.
Thou hast prepared a table before
me, against them that afflict me.
Thou hast anointed my head with
*oil; and my chalice which inebriated *
me, how goodly is it!
And thy mercy will follow me all
the days of my life.
And that I may dwell in the house
of the Lord unto length of days.

Whatever bible you choose, good luck with your endeavor! :slight_smile:

I wonder if anyone ever tried to fix the KJV to make it into a Catholic Bible.

What bible do the “Anglican use” Catholics use for their Rite I service?

That’s what the RSV-CE is.

Has anyone been able to find this? I’ve been checking their website regularly, and havn’t seen it yet…

You’ll have to call them directly. I don’t know why it is not on the website yet. I got my copy the other day. Very well worth the money ($50). Know though, the edition of the Rheims New Testament being read is from the 17th century (Pre-Challoner).


I don’t know good this is, but check out this website where you can get a bunch of different Bibles on CD ROM, including the Douay Rheims for only $14.95. Seems awfully inexpensive, but you can take a look at it.


That’s not a bad price. How is the quality of the recording? I’m debating between this and the RSV-CE audio set…

The quality is good, although not as good as some of the newly done recordings. St. Joseph Communications has converted the recording from cassette tape to CD. It was originally done in the mid-eighties. The narrator speaks clearly. Not too quickly that you cannot understand him and not too slowly. I recommend it highly. And- even though it is pre-Challoner, the English is not so old that it is hard to follow. The folks at St. Joseph Communications said the narrator read from the 1626 AD Rheims New Testament. I am not aware of such an edition. The 3rd printing of the Rheims New Testament was done in 1621 AD and I think not again until 1628 or 1630 AD.

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