Broken Bay Bible Offer

Through the generosity of Fr Harry Davis’ estate, the Diocese of Broken Bay is able to offer parishioners of the Diocese a selection of bibles at an affordable price, starting from $14. 

 

To purchase any of the bibles below, please contact the Office for Evangelisation on 9847 0474.

 

The NRSV Catholic Gift Bible

This Gift Bible contains presentation pages for dedication and recording family history; 16 pages of bible maps; an introduction to Catholic spiritual life; an introduction to every book of the bible; and a church history timeline.

It comes in a black or white leather-like binding.

     
 

Your Young Christian’s First Bible

This hardcover Bible uses the Contemporary English Version which is a proper translation of the whole Bible for children. It means that children of primary school age are able to read all the stories of the Bible themselves.

The Bible contains 34 pages of full colour illustrations, as well as maps, a chronology of the bible and a mini-dictionary.

     
 

Children's Illustrated Bible

This attractively presented hardcover volume (30 x 23cm) narrates the stories of the Bible in a vivid and engaging way. Each story includes colourful illustrations which draw children’s attention, as well as additional sections with further information that gives greater meaning to the story. There are maps and photos, as well as introductory pages which explain key areas of Biblical knowledge.

 

 

 Selecting a Bible

The Catholic canon (or list of books) contains 46 Old Testament books, which is 7 more than those accepted by many other Christians. These books are known as the deuterocanonical books (or 2nd canon). They are also referred to as ‘apocrypha’ which means ‘hidden’.
These books are Tobit, Judith, Baruch, Ecclesiasticus (or Sirach), Wisdom, 1 Maccabees, 2 Maccabees, as well as additional sections to the books of Esther and Daniel.

The number of books in the New Testament is 27, which is the same in all Bibles.

Bibles will indicate whether deuterocanonical / apocrypha books are included, or will simply say “Catholic edition” or “Catholic Bible”.

Bible Translations

A second concern when selecting a Bible is which translation to buy. Translations vary in the difficulty of language used (for example, for children or adults), as well as in the methodology used to translate the text (for example, a more strictly word-for-word translation or a looser translation to try to better capture the sense of the text for today’s audience).

Another consideration is whether the text has been anglicised, eg “baptised” instead of “baptized”.

Please note that the version of the text currently used in the Liturgy of the Word at Mass in Australia is the Jerusalem Bible translation.

Some suitable Bible translations which can be found with the additional Catholic books are:

  • New Revised Standard Version (NRSV): A commonly used and highly regarded translation. Also: Revised Standard Version (RSV)
  • Jerusalem Bible / New Jerusalem Bible: A commonly used Catholic translation.
  • Good News Translation (Today’s English Version): Uses simpler language, and is a looser translation.
  • Contemporary English Version: Uses simpler language suitable for children.

 

Catholic Diocese of
Broken Bay

Building 2, 423 Pennant Hills Road
Pennant Hills NSW 2120

PO Box 340
Pennant Hills NSW 1715

Phone 02 9847 0000
Fax 02 9847 0001
news@dbb.org.au

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