As I’ve written ELSEWHERE, Protestant Bibles often include the addition of the Catholic doxology to the Our Father (aka the “Lord’s Prayer”). I received a reply today and they informed me that one will be released, at the earliest, in 2021. Where can I purchase a copy of The Augustine Bible in the UK? As Jean E. mentioned in the comments, the text is not line-matched. However, that does not make it OK to “translate” adelphoi into “people.” The same goes for “father” (vs. “parent”), wife (vs. “spouse”). 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 … ESV Bible with Apocrypha (2009) Oxford University Press developed an authorized edition of the ESV with the Apocrypha included, which was published in January 2009. While it would not make for a good heirloom or study Bible, it makes a great reader. Learn how your comment data is processed. Now, although the RSV is a kind of a universal academic standard, it is a 70 year-old translation that retains archaic formal English (e.g., “Thees and Thous”) and doesn’t read as smoothly as I would like in some places. I will be (im)patiently awaiting the leather version (or even the hardcover if it’s sewn). With none of those features available, it’s very hard to justify paying full price for this bible. 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. Given the very minor differences between the ESV and the ESV-CE, it would make sense to consider the ESV with Apocrypha from Anglican Liturgy Press (which Timothy reviewed on this blog) as an alternative. A negative scholarly assessment of the ESV can be found HERE. This one will only bother Catholics, but it’s not actually a bad translation. We’ll have a very nice leather version. 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. The Bible is printed on thin, high quality Bible paper in a very readable font. I leave the response to speak for itself. The printing is top-notch, ghosting is negligible, the imitation leather cover is decent in quality, and the study helps come from a well-known and well-loved Catholic study series. There always has to be a balance between literal and readable, and at times the ESV might have lightened up on the consistent literalism a bit. Bible Reviews, Bible Study, Translations, and more. The books of the Old Testament are placed in the traditional order with the deuterocanonicals kept in their proper genre. It seems that the ESV takes a number of liberties in translating certain passages in Genesis and also others which I find to be a frustration due to their use of inclusive language which distracts from the true meaning of the text. The ESVCE does not do this. 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. (Details are given in the ESV front matter itself.). That will be a good development. This year, I have the great pleasure of announcing that this new translation is now available for purchase in the United States, thanks to the Augustine Institute! When doing this test with the Augustine Bible, the thread is clearly visible. The Augustine Bible comes in a sturdy slip box that matches the Bible’s cover – which is a stiff cardboard fold-over. I suspect that heavy criticism played a role in their decision to reduce the price from $50 to $30. Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (and Happy New Year! As it turns out, I didn’t have long to wait. I think that the translation over all is good and acceptable, yet after closer consideration I believe that the RSV-2CE remains at least generally a better pick as a study bible and boasts a very similar readability. 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! And Also to be honest a bit more portable version would also be great such as like the RSV made by Ignatius that comes in a zipper pouch I love that size bible for everyday carry. I stand firmly against this edition, though, as the price point is ridiculous. Grant Jones posted a detailed review of this Bible on youtube. When I receive a reply, I shall forward it to this group. Unfortunately, the ESV took this path. 1:8). In fact, it is the Protestant KJV that does. “The good person” in Luke 6:45), but to use the gendered English word when the original language word was gendered. I like that it is compact. Most of these are not a big deal, but they’re worth noting. I’ve tried Amazon Uk, not available, Amazon.com do not ship to the Uk. Amazon.ae: The Augustine Bible (ESV-CE): Augustine Institute. We’ll have a more affordable paperback version and a hardcover edition. It was also a nice translation. So, a well done paperback can last. 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 Augustine Bible uses the term “Deuterocanonical Books.” - The cover artwork is beautiful. First, the ESV makes the divine-messianic connection much more clear in this Psalm by adressing God and not his throne (cf. 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. The bible has no ribbon markers, so this extension of the cover can serve that purpose if needed. He gives advice on how to gain the necessary factual and linguistic information to approach the biblical environment and how to deal with its often so strangely figurative and obscure style of expression. I posted the ad all over social media, and was one of the first to order one.It arrived today, and I thought I’d let you in on my thoughts in case you are hesitant about dropping the hefty $60.00 Ascension is asking for it. After international shipping costs, this costed me over US $60 which is over NZD $100…. Having said that, there are a lot of advantages with the ESV translation for any Christian, and for Catholics some are especially welcome. 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. I also took a standard yellow highlighter to it to see about bleed-through. Augustine Institute Store is having a sale, this Bible is going for $29.95 right now. For original video content, see my YouTube Channel This verse’s absence from many modern Bibles catches a lot of people off guard. The slip case and the paperback cover have a gold-colored foil pattern stamped on the front, as shown below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rp37KfaRoI4. First, this is the wrong question to ask! It can sit open on the table unassisted from about the beginning of Exodus through the beginning of 1 Peter. But we want people to live in the Bible. So while preserving the literal accuracy of the RSV, it also restores some of the best of the KJV renderings that the RSV lost. The ESV is actually a revision of the RSV that not only updates about 60,000 words to modern English, the translation is also made from a better manuscript tradition. The paper is pretty thin, but not terrible. Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), the Bishops of India approved a Catholic edition of the ESV, proof-texting is often such a poor apologetic practice, The Great Adventure Catholic Bible – Review. In late 2019, the Augustine Institute published the The Augustine Bible (ESV-CE). A lot of Bibles get printed with very narrow margins because they’re trying to save space and save money and just be efficient. The cover design and the slip case are beautifully designed. Either the hardcover or leather. Like pretty much all Bibles, it has some weaknesses. Oxford University Press came out with an ESV that contained the deuterocanonicals (the so-called “apocryphal” books that most Bibles – even the KJV! It’s a simple, minimalist Bible with decent build quality and a fair price. 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. 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. Here are some of the goodies. In most cases, I still find the text to be easily readable, but in some areas, especially in the narrative sections with less white space, I find the ghosting to be more frustrating. A reasonably-sized book (circa 300 pages) but in only five chapters? Thanks for the overview. Seems new versions of this translation will be coming out in the fall: leather, hardcover, and another paperback. 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 NABRE’s “translation” is completely unwarranted (it is an interpretative paraphrase rather than a translation). The slip case will help to protect the cover when not in use, but it won’t help with normal wear from reading. 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. If this is the new permanent price, I would be a bit upset if I purchased it at $50. It was with reluctance that I put it on the shelf and began a search for a Catholic (i.e., complete) Bible. No reply as to future binding options was included. 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. Here is a photo of the beginning of the book of Daniel to illustrate the lack of book introductions: Overall, I would say this edition is passable, but not outstanding. All is not perfect with the ESV. This is why pages are much more likely to fall out of a glued binding as it ages, compared to a sewn binding. By contrast, a glued binding is generally constructed without grouping the pages into discrete signatures. 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. There are no explanatory notes and no book introductions of any kind. I criticized the Great Adventure Bible for not offering a sewn binding at its price point, but every other aspect of its production quality is excellent. Feel free to add to either list in the comments! The Augustine Institute has a tendency to release projects at a high price and then lower prices. Share this: Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window) Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window) Click to … “We will have other versions of The Augustine Bible coming out in the fall. I want to show how the text is typeset, how the (minimal, translational)  footnotes look, and what “extras” are included. Looks like there will be other editions of the Augustine Bible coming out later this year: Many cheaper bibles feature hardcover or imitation leather covers, a ribbon marker, and line-matching. 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. The Great Adventure Catholic Bible - Review, Citing the Summa Theologiæ of St. Thomas Aquinas. It feels just right in the hand—a bit smaller in form factor than your typical Bible with smallish print throughout. In 2020 it was published in the US as The Augustine Bible. For those who aren’t familiar Dover used to publish high quality paperback of older books. – had until they started getting removed by publishers in the late 19th Century). 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! - It’s a good size at 6x9: compact enough for regular use and travel, but not too small as to be unreadable. However, while many Christians are familiar with the broad strokes of his theology, few readers today have explored the riches of his spiritual life. 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). I ordered this bible when I saw that it was available (cyber week deal for preorder) as I have been waiting for a version in the United States. The correct translation is important here because what counts as sexual immorality changes depending on one’s situation in life (e.g., married/single), and so narrowing it down too much or making it too general can both be very misleading. 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. Overall I am happy with The Augustine Bible. Heb. The only notes are the minimal ESV translators notes. It’s not perfect, however (none are!). OK lemme know when. ), 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. 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!). I also inquired as to when hardback or leather editions are planned for publishing. Not all “inclusive language” is taking a liberty with the text — in some cases the masculine English word is in fact less literal. 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. I remain puzzled by their choice to release a paperback at such a high starting price. I spent a lot of time considering Bibles and wrote an article on it HERE. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for Augustine and the Bible (Bible through the Ages Book 2) at Amazon.com. 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. Unlike the NIV which disingenuously translates the word for “tradition” as “teaching” whenever it is presented in a positive light, the ESV (like most English Bibles) remains consistent. I would not expect the Augustine Bible to resist wear and tear much better. In Isaiah 7:14 the RSV translated Hebrew almah as “young woman” rather than “virgin.” The NABRE followed suit and so, sadly, modern Catholic Bibles confused a lot of people. Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for The Augustine Bible (ESV-CE) at Amazon.com. Yuck. While it’s not too much of an eye strain for me initially, this would not be me “desert island” Bible. 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. A Bible translation is either faithful to the original writings or it is not – and that is all that matters. 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. (Although this does mean readers have to think a little harder about the Bible’s view of tradition!). The slip case and the paperback cover have a gold-colored foil pattern stamped on the front, as shown below. Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. As I have continued to read and use the ESV-CE I began to notice many translation choices…small, yet a bit annoying. I ordered a copy and have some first impressions and photos to share. 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. Update: Augustine first summarizes the central message of the Bible (quite an astounding and beautiful accomplishment) and then turns to the difficult medium of the message. Yet, it is within the pricing standards of Augustine Institute. SOURCE: The Catholic Comparative New Testament. There’s a New Catholic Answers Speaker In Town! Catholic Market online charge more for shipping (understandably as its shipped from the US) than the cost of the Bible itself. It’s great for carrying around. 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. I can say with certainty that it is sewn. Though the Augustine Institute I agree needs to make a Hard Cover. The Augustine Institute is now bringing English-speaking Catholics in North America a major new revision of the Revised Standard Version of the Bible called the English Standard Version - … This has the advantage of keeping the biblical text in focus, the Bible’s size (and cost) manageable, and avoids the risk of biasing the reader to one position or another. Theological bias is not a virtue in translation (example). 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). It contains a short Foreward, a Preface, a few grayscale maps and a chart of weights and measures. 2) they lack a true market price research team, so their initial pricing is a guess (on the higher side) to what the market will support. 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). Review of The Augustine Bible - the Catholic ESV! The divorce “exception clause” in Matthew 19:9 is a difficult passage on any account, but the meaning of the underlying Greek term porneia is not – it means sexual immorality. Amos 4:6 – “I gave you cleanness of teeth, Mark 1:2 – “Behold, I send my messenger before your face, Gal. The text is not large. Deuterocanonical material included in protocanonical books is difficult to versify due to different systems which have developed over the years. A completely “literal word-for-word” translation is an undesirable pipe dream. We have generous margins. Ironically the ESV uses some older readings that are more accurate than the RSV. This is far less confusing to those expecting these verses to be there than to simply leave them out (e.g., Mt. Looking at the sleeve I honestly thought I was getting a cloth covered hardback….. Not to happy about this being a paperback…. Still one would expect a hardcover for a Bible at the price. FYI – the price has dropped to $29.95 on their store. So below I will call out some of the positives and negatives I have discovered. If an accurate translation makes things difficult for Catholics (or anyone else), then too bad! It makes it look like part of the curse of original sin is for wives to be in disagreement with their husbands and for the husband to [over]rule them. It might seem “Protestanty” to change “full of grace” – but the ESV is following a long line of Bibles that do not translate the verse this way (for example – the two most popular Catholic Bibles!). Two-for-One translation improvement here! I guess, I will probably being making a purchase in the fall. I like them both a lot, but mostly for the notes. 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