The Holy Bible: Revised Standard Version - Burgundy - Second Catholic Edition
A completely new typeset and designed edition of the popular Ignatius Revised Standard Version Bible, with minor revisions to some of the archaic language used in the first edition. This revised version is a contemporary English translation without dumbing-down the text. This second edition of the RSV doesn't put the biblical text through a filter to make it acceptable to current tastes and prejudices, and it retains the beauty of the RSV language that has made it such a joy to read and reflect on the Word of God. Now the only Catholic Bible in standard English is even more beautiful in word and design!
RSV SCE is Excellent!
By Lance E. Goldsberry - October 18, 2006
I am an ardent lover of the RSV bible. It has been my bible of choice for nearly 30 years. With the second Catholic edition, archaic language has been removed, and thus the RSV SCE is an excellent alternative for Catholics to the NAB and NRSV. I give the RSV SCE 5 stars.
I very much like that the designation, "Only Son," has been replaced by "Only Begotten Son" in John's gospel. This conforms more closely to our Nicene Heritage. I don't like the translation, "Only Son," as most modern versions have, even though that translation has merit.
The RSV SCE offers some welcome concessions to the Catholic understanding of the text. I mention two: 1) The Angel's greeting to Mary in Luke 1:28 is rendered as "hail, full of grace,the Lord is with you" rather than "Hail, O favored one, the Lord is with you!" as in the original RSV. 2) Isaiah 7:14 uses the word "Virgin" rather than "young women" as in the original RSV. This change is legitimate, even though the Hebrew simply... read more
Very much improved
By Jamie - March 27, 2006
I have been using the old edition of the Ignatius RSV for two years. I love the text, but the format was horrible. When I heard this one was coming out, I was hoping for a good improvement over the last one. And it didn't disappoint me!
--The asterisk notes are on the bottom of the page, not at the end of the Old/New Testament
--The margins are wider and perfect
--The font is more appealing
--Nicer cover design and better cover material
--Ribbon to mark page
--Each book starts on a new page
--Color maps at end of Bible
They also changed "thou" to "you," but the rest of the text is exactly the same as the beautiful RSV first Catholic edition. Definitely worth the money!
Good, but not perfect!
By Timothy Mccormick - March 31, 2008
I was very excited when the RSV-CE second edition was published a few years back. It seemed like it would be the perfect Bible for Catholics, however I must say that I found myself not completely satisfied.
The Good Points: 1) The translation has been updated and altered slightly, in particular the removal of the "thees" and "thous". They also made good alterations to such passages in Matthew 16 and Isaiah 7.
2) The cover is beautiful.
3) The inclusion of maps at the back is much needed.
4) They added chapter headings.
The Bad Points: 1) Depending on the lighting of the room, I find the paper and page lay-out to be difficult to read. (BTW, I am not old nor do I wear glasses)
2) There is no information provided to tell the reader which changes were made to the text.
3) I am surprised that there are not any editional study helps, like a concise concordance or Mass Readings or Dei Verbum... read more