Okay. I'm rotten with gift certificates after Christmas, and want to purchase a Revised Standard Edition Bible (Catholic style, of course).
I picked up an NAB bible a few months ago, but it's tiny and not good for notes. I've also read that the footnotes are suspect. I'm going to use it as my "backup" or "compare" Bible.
Here's what I'm looking for, and I hope some of you might be able to help me find it in terms of make/model:
A sturdy paperback bible.
Good size (not huge font, but not too small for highlighting)
Preferably paper that is not tissue thin so I can highlight and make notes
Anyone have any editions they can point me toward? I'm not having much luck telling online, and the local Catholic bookstore only sells NAB. Thanks in advance!
Does it really need to be a paper Bible? Because the New English Translation, an 'open source' English translation done by Internet scholars, is free, and available for download. It has excellent, completely non sectarian, translation notes too.
The Catholic Edition, featuring the 'apocrypha' is not yet finished, but will be soon.
Since it is open source, it isn't copyrighted, so you can copy and paste, or revise the wording, to your heart's delight!
A similar project is the 'Free Bible' which is wiki Bible, is just getting started and looks promising.
There is also the 'Catholic Public Domain' translation, which is going to be a translation of the Clementine Vulgate into modern English, based loosely on the Douay Rheims.
In short, I think that free, public domain open source translations may be the wave of the future, 'official' translations sponsored by some Church or organization might be a thing of the past.