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Magnificent edition of the New American Bible that features the largest type of any Catholic Bible in a comparable size. The focus is placed on the text, which is arranged for easy reading.
Posted August 18, 2009
HI, this is a beautiful bible, too bad the publisher had to ruin it by inserting a completely liberal, blasphemous 'How to read the bible" section. It is truly disgusting. I will only highlight a few more obvious issues.
1- Page 23 "We do not possess a biography of Jesus, it is difficult to know whether the words or sayings attributed to Him are written exactly as He spoke them." Already trying to create doubt to the divinity of the bible!
2 - Page 18 Biblical prophets are compared to "Negro" musicians in the following "We would never have produced our jazz music....without our Negro communities that are so sensitive to music rhythm.."
3 -Page 22; Miracles did not necessarily happen, some writers of the bible just put them in to make a point
4- Page 17 "...for Christians, the bible is inspired by God" insinuating that this is only our belief but is not necessarily true
5- Page 33, In the illustration God is show as a man. This is hardly appropriate since God had even told Moses that no man shall see his face for any man that sees God's face shall die (exodus Ch 33:20)
6- Page 24 "Most scientists hold that the human species has developed somehow from lower kinds
of life" Directly contradicts biblical teaching that God created man
7- Page 18, regarding the book of Judges "..the conclusions which attributed all those atrocities to the command of God were imperfect..." The Church teaching is that all of this was the work of God. This directly challenges the Church teachings
8- Page 17 In answering 'why we should read the bible' "...many of our customs and often our outlook on life...is conditioned by Judeo-christian heritage...you can not possibly understand them without knowing this Judeo-Christian classic; the bible." So the bible is just a piece of 'classic literature" ??? It then goes on to talk about other 'classic literature'. They should have simply stated that we should read the bible because it is the word of God. But it is obvious the author of this ultra liberal intro does not really believe in the bible.
9- Page 19 "The bible is mans word and God's word..." This is contrary to the Church teaching that the bible is the complete work of God!!
10- Page 19 Talking about the composition of the bible; "A major disadvantage is that these books are not put together systematically as the books in a modern library." How rude! So the bible has a major disadvantage??? It is imperfect??? This is so anti-Christian
11- Page 20 It talks about how angels, clouds, fire, earthquakes, thunder, war and calamities are all just figures of speech! Seems according to this intro there is very little to believe as truth in the bible!!!
12- Page 20 Relating to the Prophets of Israel it states; "These were groups of ecstatic persons...Music and dance heightened their exotic and vaguely religious activities." How rude! These prophets were chosen by God!
13- Page 10 Exodus Ch 9:27 TYPO "Sinnned" instead of "Sinned" this should have been corrected by the publisher since the book has such an old copyright date
There is just too many attacks on our faith to even list on this review! It undermines the divinity and authenticity of the bible. Catholic Book Publishing should be ashamed, Don't buy this Saint Joseph edition of the New American Bible.
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Posted August 5, 2009
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This book needed a bit more description. Compared to other Catholic Bibles it offers more study materials, easier to read text, and added notes. We need to get into God's Word to grow spiritually mature, and use it as a source of prayer too.
"Magnificent edition of the New American Bible that features the largest type of any Catholic Bible in a comparable size. The focus is placed on the text, which is arranged for easy reading:
Giant, Easy-to-Read 14 pt. Type
Notes at the End of Each Book
Vatican II Constitution on Divine Revelation
Beautifully Illustrated Family Record Section
Handy Bible Dictionary
Full-color Maps of the Holy Land
List of Miracles and Parables
Doctrinal Bible Index"