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The Catholic Bible, Personal Study Edition

Third Edition

Edited by Graziano Marcheschi and Biagio Mazza

Publication Date - 29 April 2022

ISBN: 9780197516089

2624 pages
6.25 x 9 inches

In Stock


Informative... Reliable... Accessible

First published more than a quarter century ago, The Catholic Bible: Personal Study Edition has long served readers eager for a reliable, accessible guide to lead them into the biblical text. Thumb-indexed for convenience, this third edition is fully revised and augmented with new study aids such as in-text essays on topics that enhance one's reading of the text. The "Reading Guides" that come before the text of the New American Bible Revised Edition -- the translation used in the great majority of U.S. Catholic parishes -- provide a concise, accessible overview of each individual book of the Bible, leading readers through the backgrounds, characters, and messages of all the books and their implications for our lives today. Lay people -- individuals or members of study groups -- students, and general readers will all find essential information in a form that is easy to use and organized for quick reference.

New to this Edition

  • Fully revised


  • A comprehensive study system includes Reading Guides and Questions to inspire further reflection on each book of the Bible.
  • In-text brief essays treat topics of more general concern such as authorship, the nature of prophecy, historical significance, and the role of scholarship in understanding the Bible
  • Marginal references in the Bible's text refer to relevant sections in the study materials
  • Further essays explain matters such as the Lectionary, biblical history, and how Catholic scholarship relates to other faith traditions
  • A full glossary explains scholarly and biblical terms
  • A 32-page, authoritative color map section and place-name index provides geographical context for the Bible's history
  • Complete Lectionary readings help in planning study geared to the Church calendar
  • Marginal references in the biblical text that point to specific pages in the Reading Guide are screened for greater visibility
  • A 25-page glossary defines biblical terms with which students may not be familiar
  • A 36-page section of authoritative, full color New Oxford Bible Maps (with place name index)

About the Author(s)

Graziano Marcheschi is Vice President for University Mission and Ministry, Saint Xavier University Chicago.

Biagio Mazza is Pastoral Associate at St. Sabina Parish in Belton, Missouri.

Table of Contents

    General and Introductory Articles
    General Introduction
    How to Use The Catholic Bible: Personal Study Edition
    The Bible in Catholic Life
    Catholics and Fundamentalism
    How to Read the Bible
    Understanding the Historical Background to the Biblical Texts

    Old Testament Reading Guides
    The Pentateuch
    Genesis Exodus Leviticus Numbers Deuteronomy

    The Historical Books
    Joshua Judges Ruth 1 and 2 Samuel 1 and 2 Kings

    The Chronicler's History and the Later Histories
    1 and 2 Chronicles Ezra and Nehemiah Tobit Judith Esther 1 Maccabees 2 Maccabees

    The Wisdom Books
    Job Psalms Proverbs Ecclesiastes The Song of Songs The Book of Wisdom Ben Sira (Ecclesiasticus)

    The Prophets
    Isaiah Jeremiah Lamentations Baruch Ezekiel Daniel

    The Twelve Minor Prophets
    Hosea Joel Amos Obadiah Jonah Micah Nahum Habakkuk Zephaniah Haggai Zechariah Malachi

    New Testament Reading Guides

    The Gospels [and Acts]
    Matthew Mark Luke John The Acts of the Apostles

    The Writings of Paul
    Romans 1 Corinthians 2 Corinthians Galatians Ephesians Philippians Colossians 1 Thessalonians 2 Thessalonians

    The Pastoral Letters
    1 Timothy 2 Timothy Titus Philemon Hebrews

    The Catholic Letters and Revelation
    James 1 Peter 2 Peter 1 John 2 John 3 John Jude Revelation

    The New American Bible
    [The full text of the Bible]

    [Back Matter Essays and Reference Materials]

    The Catechism of the Catholic Church [extract dealing with Scripture]
    Catholic Beliefs in Scripture
    The Bible in the Lectionary
    The Lectionary
    Chart of Old Testament Canons
    Timeline of Biblical Times
    Measures and Weights

    Index to Reading Guides