I am a Catholic. Why should I consider becoming a Christian? First, please understand that we intend no offense in the wording of this question. With all that said, the intent of this article is that Catholics would study what the Bible says about being a Christian and would perhaps consider that the Catholic faith is not the best representation of what the Bible describes.
Has it taken almost 10 years to complete? Do a lot of Catholics, unless they read Catholic Bible blogs, have no idea that it has now been published?
But is it good and worth the wait? The edition I am reviewing is the hardback one. Simply put, it is fantastic and a great tool for Catholics. These are truly good days for Catholics to enhance their love of Scripture, which is certainly one of the main areas of focus for our current Holy Father.
There really is no excuse for Catholics to not be engaged in regular Bible study, whether individually or in a group. The tools are out there! Matt, over at Absolutely No Spinhas some fine pictures which illustrate that point.
However, the text is quite large and easy to read, while not technically being large print. Rather, the size of the actual volume, itself, makes the text very easy to read. If you are looking for wide margins, the verdict is that they are OK. This is certainly not a wide-margin study Bible, like the original NAB Catholic Study Bible was, but there is still plenty of space for individual notations.
The true worth of this volume is in the amount of study notes, the 28 in-text charts and maps, the 62 word studies, and the 23 topical essays that are included. There is also a new 9-page introduction to the Gospels, authored by Curtis Mitch co-author of the ICSBNT along with Scott Hahn, which clearly explains all the important issues related to the Gospels, most notably the relationship among the synoptics.
The annotations remain focused on not only historical info, but the helpful "icon annotation" system which singles out passages that relate to: See CCC for the reasoning behind this special annotation system.
For the most part, however, there are no differences in content between this and what was found in the original single volumes. Yet, to have the study material collected in one volume makes cross-referencing the information much easier.
For me, the topical essays prove to be the most welcome feature of this study Bible. There are both timely placed, as well as substantial and fair in their presentation. For example, on pages there is a topical essay on the issue of "Who is Babylon?
Is Babylon Rome or Jerusalem? Both sides of the issue are given fair treatment, as oppose to most study Bibles that simply state one or the other as fact. In the end, the essay concludes with a recognition that both sides have considerable evidence supporting each, and perhaps that the answer to this question may reflect both possible interpretations.
In addition to this essay, there are additional essays that focus on important issues like The Census of Quirinius and Mary as the Ark of the Covenant.
Perhaps one of the most surprising, yet welcome additions to this volume is the inclusion of almost pages of study aids that are found at the back. While most of this section is devoted to the very sizable concise concordance, which totals some pages, there are indexes which cover the parables, metaphors, and miracles of Jesus found in the Gospels, an index of Catholic doctrines found in Scripture, an index to all the charts, in-text maps, topical essays, and word studies found within the ICSBNT, and finally a new set of New Testament maps commissioned by Ignatius Press.
I would just like to mention the Index of Doctrines, since is a welcome addition to this volume. It reminds me of the old St. Joseph NAB edition I own, which contained a similar feature. I can see this section being helpful to not only those looking to defend their faith or engage in apologetics, but also for those Catholics who are either new to the Church or who have recently come home.
All in all, this an outstanding study Bible. Are there additional things I would have liked to see in it? Also, one hopes that the Old Testament volumes come out at a much quicker pace than the New Testament ones. Let's not make this project another 10 year odyssey.
Let me also say that I would really like to see Ignatius Press publicize this more. How about a website devoted to this project? It's a great resource, why not give it the promotion that it deserves!
Oh, and by the way, these volumes are very reasonably priced. One can also purchase the leather edition, which is due out sometime in June. In a weekly audience dedicated to St.FAITH | LEARNING | COMMUNITY.
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That seems different, though, because it requires rejecting one ideology/ingroup, namely Catholicism. It makes sense that people identifying as Catholic would resent that the Protestants found a way to weaken Catholicism, and apparently people who “took the soup” were ostracized.
I have spent a number of hours over this past weekend perusing through the long-awaited Ignatius Catholic Study Bible New Testament (ICSBNT).
(The edition I am reviewing is the hardback one.) Simply put, it is fantastic and a great tool for Catholics. Over the past year or so, we have been blessed with an increase in the amount and quality of Bible . Over the last few decades a genre of Catholic literature has emerged, namely virtue-signaling, autobiographical essays about ‘Why I, though born and raised Catholic, am leaving the Church, or.
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