Review of "The Augustine Bible" - the Catholic ESV! Most of these are not a big deal, but they’re worth noting. This Catholic Edition was reviewed in accord with the norms of Liturgiam authenticam and abides by Catholic hermeneutical principles. The paperback cover is sturdy and thick, and it has a large fold-out extension which could potentially be used to mark a page. In reflection on St. Augustine’s experience, we have named this Catholic edition of the Bible The Augustine Bible—thus affirming that we too can turn our hearts to the Lord every time we “take and read” God’s Word. The pericope found in John 7:53-8:11 (The Woman Caught in Adultery) and the so-called “Longer Ending of Mark” (Mark 16:9-20.) Learn how your comment data is processed. I agree, with the possible exception of the binding. Deuterocanonical material included in protocanonical books is difficult to versify due to different systems which have developed over the years. other than the Douay-Rheims, you pretty much won’t find any Bible that say it the way Catholics pray it. This is a very unfortunate translation which essentially reverses the meaning of the text. Catholics should rejoice that for the first time in 70 years we have a solid, scholarly, faithful, complete Bible translation (and one that is free from misleading notes – BONUS!). We’ll have a more affordable paperback version and a hardcover edition. So much for that! 1:8). No reply as to future binding options was included. When I receive a reply, I shall forward it to this group. Here are some of the goodies. A few maps of Israel and St. Paul’s missionary journeys (including his “4th” to Spain) are in the back along with a beautiful 3D map of Jerusalem. However, that does not make it OK to “translate” adelphoi into “people.” The same goes for “father” (vs. “parent”), wife (vs. “spouse”). The Augustine Bible uses the term “Deuterocanonical Books.” - The cover artwork is beautiful. The thread which was used to sew the signatures together will be visible deep in the groove (sometimes known as the “gutter”) between the pages. Printed in Italy, The Augustine Bible features the English Standard Version® Catholic Edition translation, which some consider to be the best available English translation of the Bible. In fact, it is the Protestant KJV that does. For those who aren’t familiar Dover used to publish high quality paperback of older books. There are several mentions of the font size being too small on the publisher’s website. The front pages feature the nihil obstat and imprimatur from the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India, and there is a foreword by bishop J. Susaimanickam (chairman of the Indian bishops’ Commission for Bible) and Cardinal Oswald Gracias (president of the bishops’ conference). Not all “inclusive language” is taking a liberty with the text — in some cases the masculine English word is in fact less literal. I actually just received my copy of the Augustine institute ESV-CE. I’ve been reading and praying with it since, to give it a chance. Overall I am happy with The Augustine Bible. The stack of pages is simply glued together with a strip of glue on one edge. - YouTube In 2020 it was published in the US as The Augustine Bible. This bible should hold up to normal use reasonably well, but I would expect it to show its age more than a hardcover or leather edition. Deuterocanonicals. There are commentaries, no cross-references, no index, almost no “study helps” of any kind. As Jean E. mentioned in the comments, the text is not line-matched. It seems to be, from the photo supplied, that the binding is glued. “We will have other versions of The Augustine Bible coming out in the fall. Poetic passages are stylized to indicate emphasis. SOURCE: The Catholic Comparative New Testament. This volume presents the findings of eminent scholars on the Bible in Augustine's letters, in his preaching, in polemics, in the City of God, and as a source for Christian ethics, following the chronological order of Augustine's works from the mid-eighties of the fourth century to just before his death in 430. When the empire decides to take over the Christian basilica, Augustine prepares to give the speech of a lifetime, one that will slow the rising tide of Christianity’s influence. Unfortunately, the ESV took this path. Because Greek has known pronouns of gender, these are translated as-is rather than paraphrased simply because “we all know what they really mean.” So for example, the term adelphoi literally means “brothers.” Now, it can refer to more than just male siblings – in fact it can refer to both male and female members of groups that aren’t family-related at all. Augustine is widely considered to be one of the most influential theologians of all time and stands as a giant among giants in the history of the Christian faith. I also took a standard yellow highlighter to it to see about bleed-through. It contains a short Foreward, a Preface, a few grayscale maps and a chart of weights and measures. Overall, I share the sentiments above. Oxford University Press came out with an ESV that contained the deuterocanonicals (the so-called “apocryphal” books that most Bibles – even the KJV! For original video content, see my YouTube Channel I’d like thicker pages, but it is nice to have a 1,200+ page book that I can easily carry with one hand and fit on a normal sized bookshelf. The Augustine Bible features a beautiful foil-stamped slipcase and a durable matte cover to ensure that you can use and treasure this Bible for years to come. The ESV-Catholic Edition emphasizes “word-for-word” accuracy, literary excellence, and depth of meaning. are both found in the text with a footnote that the passage is not found in some manuscripts. Seems new versions of this translation will be coming out in the fall: leather, hardcover, and another paperback. Yes, it is finally here. Overall, this paperback cover reminds me of the cover for the Catholic Youth Bible (NABRE) from St. Mary’s Press (see my impressions of that bible here). The hallmark of a sewn binding is that the pages are grouped together into several folded sections (known as “signatures”), and the signatures are all sewn together with thread. I don't love this bible Released at the end of 2019, the Augustine Bible finally brings the ESV Catholic Edition to the United States. Printed in Italy, The Augustine Bible features the English Standard Version® Catholic Edition translation, which some consider to be the best available English translation of the Bible. Last year, I wrote a post about the new English Standard Version Catholic Edition Bible (ESV-CE) published in India. So below I will call out some of the positives and negatives I have discovered. Second, the ESV numbers the Psalms following the Hebrew Masoretic text like the RSV and most modern Bible translations instead of the Greek Septuagint like the Vulgate / Douay-Rheims. First, this is the wrong question to ask! Thanks for the clarity. Christian theologians and apologists will be glad to see that in the ESV Isaiah 7:14 reads, “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son.”. There are minimal notes, all of the transnational as far as I can tell. In reflection on St. Augustine’s experience, we have named this Catholic edition of the Bible The Augustine Bible—thus affirming that we too can turn our hearts to the Lord every time we “take and read” God’s Word. – had until they started getting removed by publishers in the late 19th Century). Review of The Augustine Bible - the Catholic ESV! Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. Theological bias is not a virtue in translation (example). The paper is pretty thin, but not terrible. I also inquired as to when hardback or leather editions are planned for publishing. Therefore I would recommend sticking with the RSV while of course also referring to the Douay-Rheims which has a special place in my heart as it was the first Bible my parents bought me and I believe it is good to get a feel for the Latin Patrimony of the Church. The pages are thin enough to allow moderate ghosting of text from the back of the page and the adjacent page. Visit to Branch Davidian Compound Outside Waco, TX. The books of the Old Testament are placed in the traditional order with the deuterocanonicals kept in their proper genre. A completely “literal word-for-word” translation is an undesirable pipe dream. I emailed the Augustine Institute inquiring into when they’ll be releasing a hardcover edition. I suspect this might be the new permanent price going forward. It’s great for carrying around. ), previous post announcing the Augustine Bible, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rp37KfaRoI4, A Brief Comparison of the ESV w/Apocrypha and the ESVCE – Catholic Bible Talk, https://m.ncregister.com/daily-news/augustine-institute-publishes-major-new-catholic-bible, Review: Ignatius Pew Missal | The Catholic Man Reviews, First Look: Large Print New Catholic Bible (NCB) — Guest Post by Leighton. A common Catholic rejoinder is 1 Timothy 3:15 (easy to remember- subtract 1 from 2 and 1 from 16!) Many cheaper bibles feature hardcover or imitation leather covers, a ribbon marker, and line-matching. On Augustine by Rowan Williams, Augustine by Robin Lane Fox review – the theologian, with and without sex The former archbishop has no time for feminist or ecocriticism of Augustine … Many thanks to the readers who commented with their first impressions of the brand new Augustine Bible ESV-CE over the past two weeks. - The inside layout is very clean and readable. As I have continued to read and use the ESV-CE I began to notice many translation choices…small, yet a bit annoying. They, then adjust as they learn from people. I was informed that if I felt the price point was not such to be warranted in regard to the text, I should consider “shopping around” for a lower price. Soon Augustine finds himself in an important position as “The Voice of The Emperor,” with the life of luxury he’s always wanted. And with the WOF version coming this summer, I hope neither is too expensive. I’m a big fan of Jeff Cavins’s fantastic Bible Timeline materials, so I was very excited to learn of Ascension Press’s release of the Great Adventure Catholic Bible which incorporated them into a single volume. It can sit open on the table unassisted from about the beginning of Exodus through the beginning of 1 Peter. (In case you’re wondering, it has received both the nihil obstat and imprimatur from the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India). I’d like thicker pages, but it is nice to have a 1,200+ page book that I can easily carry with one hand and fit on a normal sized bookshelf. That will be a good development. Feel free to add to either list in the comments! Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. The ESV is a pretty straightforward literal translation. I find the ghosting to be somewhat distracting; it’s bad especially in the poetic texts, and I think it generally makes the type look soft or almost blurry (but if you look at a page with no text on the back, it is evident that the type is clear). There are no explanatory notes and no book introductions of any kind. Looks like there will be other editions of the Augustine Bible coming out later this year: OK lemme know when. I guess, I will probably being making a purchase in the fall. Hi Marc: just came across this article. Hello Select your address The Bible is printed on thin, high quality Bible paper in a very readable font. So while preserving the literal accuracy of the RSV, it also restores some of the best of the KJV renderings that the RSV lost. I’ve requested a reason, from Augustine Institute, to justify the price point. He mostly used what is termed the Vetus Latina , the “Old Latin” version of Biblical texts. The Augustine Bible comes in a sturdy slip box that matches the Bible’s cover – which is a stiff cardboard fold-over. For anyone who would like a copy of the ESV-CE, this is the only game in town for readers in the USA right now. Most pages in the Bible look like this – simple and uncluttered. The Augustine Bible, ESV Catholic Edition The Augustine Bible features a beautiful foil-stamped slipcase and a durable matte cover to ensure that you can use and treasure this Bible for years to come. I leave the response to speak for itself. I believe they do it for two reasons: The Augustine Bible features a beautiful foil-stamped slipcase and a durable matte cover to ensure that you can use and treasure this Bible for years to come. Printed in Italy, The Augustine Bible features the English Standard Version® Catholic Edition translation, which many consider to be the best available English translation of the Bible. Amazon.ae: The Augustine Bible (ESV-CE): Augustine Institute. Once the glue no longer holds onto an individual sheet of paper, it comes loose and falls out. Try the US Amazon.com (if they will ship it to you), https://www.amazon.com/dp/195093909X/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_yCxVEbN8MMMB1, Try ordering from Amazon in the USA (if they will ship it to you), Exciting news! The paper is pretty thin, but not terrible. Protestants love to trot out 2 Timothy 3:16 as proof text for their doctrine of sola scriptura – the idea that the Bible alone is the ultimate authority in matters of faith. It was also a nice translation. Like Luke 1:28 above, some Catholics might get miffed about the ESV’s rendering of “person” into “presence” because it seems to take away from the “persona christi” role of the priest in confession. The ESV has, for no reason I can guess other than theological bias, translated this verse as “a pillar.”. This verse’s absence from many modern Bibles catches a lot of people off guard. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! (Although this does mean readers have to think a little harder about the Bible’s view of tradition!). The ESV has opted to indicate it’s inclusion with italics and use a dual-numbering system to reflect placement. It’s a disputed text so some include it with a note that it isn’t found in some manuscripts but others simply leave it out! The ESVCE does not do this. I spent a lot of time considering Bibles and wrote an article on it HERE. Guest Review of the Augustine Institute Hardcover ESV-CE Many thanks to reader Alfredo Watkins, who recently purchased the hardcover edition of the ESV-CE from the Augustine Institute, and generously agreed to share a review on the blog! As noted in the previous post announcing the Augustine Bible, this is a paperback edition in a hard slip case. By contrast, a glued binding is generally constructed without grouping the pages into discrete signatures. There is a bit of text ghosting as a result, but I only really noticed it in wide textless areas (like the ESV symbol above). Either the hardcover or leather. However (and oddly), although it might seem to aid Catholic apologists arguing for confession to a priest, no modern Catholic Bible translates it that way! and the NABRE. The NABRE’s “translation” is completely unwarranted (it is an interpretative paraphrase rather than a translation). We have generous margins. 17:21 below). 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