This review was published Sunday, May 24th, 2009 on my blog ReviewTime http://reviewtime365.blogspot.com/
About the binding & cover
This hard backed edition is very sturdy, and durable. The cover is constructed from binders boards covered with coated paper. The cover is stiff, durable, and moisture- resistant. The pages are sewn not glued, which greatly adds to the durability. This Bible is made from high quality materials, and is meant to hold up to regular use.
Oxford Bibles are printed on high quality lightweight paper chosen for its strength and opacity to gain the greatest readability on the thinnest paper. This edition is printed in Korea, which is well known for their high quality printing. The text size of this edition is 13.5 point type, which is good for older readers or those who have impaired vision. This text size is also good if you plan on doing hours of study, the larger text is easier on the eyes. 13.5 point type falls in the category of extra large, which is not to be concussed with giant print. If you would like to high light in this Bible I recommend color pencils, not highlighters.
In the Front
The Imprimatur, which shows that the Catholic Church approves this translation.
Forward from the Archbishop of Westminster
Introduction to the RSV-CE
Table of Contents- Books of the Bible in Canonical Order
The Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation Dei Verum 18 nov 1965.
In the Back
Appendix 1 Explanatory Notes
Appendix 2 List of changes to New Testament for the Catholic Edition
Prayers and Devotions of the Catholic Faith
The new 3-year cycle of reading for Sunday Mass
Reading for the major feasts of the year
Nine detailed maps
About this Translation.
The Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition is widely used by conservative Catholic scholars and theologians, and is accepted as one of the most accurate and literary Bible translations suitable for Catholic use. This translation uses some archaic language. This translation does not use gender-inclusive language. The Revised Standard Version stands within the tradition of the Authorized King James Version, which was updated in 1885 in the UK as the Revised Version, with an American edition known as the American Standard Version published in 1901. The latter version was revised in 1952, and known as the Revised Standard Version. The National Council of Churches, publishers of the Protestant RSV Bible, made arrangements with the Catholic Biblical Association of Great Britain to print a Catholic RSV Bible. In 1965, the RSV-CE New Testament was published and in 1966, the full RSV-CE Bible. The editors of the Catholic Edition made no changes to the Old Testament text; all they did was include the seven Deuterocanonical works (also known the Apocrypha) in their traditional Catholic order. There are certain passages in the New Testament that were changed to fall inline with the Latin Vulgate. For a full list of these changes check Appendix 2 in the back of the Bible.
My Personal Opinion
I am very impressed with the quality of this Bible. I’m also impressed that Oxford guarantees this Bible against manufacturing defects, which is another testament to the quality of this Bible. I highly recommend this Bible, it costs more, but it’s worth the extra money.
This Edition can be found at the following link.
Revised Standard Version Catholic Bible, Large Print Edition, Hardcover The Bonded Leather Edition can be found at the link below.
Revised Standard Version Catholic Bible, Large Print Edition, Bonded Leather