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The Roman Catholic Bible is the Holy Word of God. Whether you're learning the Catholic catechism or simply reading the Bible it is a joy to read the stories over and over. We can even receive graces for reading the Bible, as with saying Catholic prayers.
There is only one Bible approved by the Catholic Church. There are many versions, but the version that is strictly approved by the Church is the Latin Vulgate Bible of St. Jerome.
What is the Vulgate? It is the only official Bible for Catholics. Why don't we use it? Well, not all of us speak Latin. Enter the Douay.
The Douay-Rheims Bible is the closest English translation and has a long history of no revisions needed. When describing the Bible it is good to know the definition of the word.
I have never understood why there are different "versions" of the Bible. A Catholic Bible is the Word of God.
The Douay has a wonderful history. It arose from the need to have a Bible that the English Catholics could read instead of what was being reinvented as a Bible at the time.
Why does an English Bible have a French name? Well, the clergy who put it together sure couldn't have done it in England in the 16th and 17th. Catholics were prohibited from printing religious material in England during those days.
Enter: the French colleges who were training the men from England who had vocations. You'll love reading the stories of Catholic martyrs in those days. Great faith, learning and courage.
This quote is from the author of Tan Books' website CathTruth.com 2009:
[The word "Bible" means "the book." In both the Latin and Greek languages the term "Biblia" is a plural noun and signifies "The Books." Originally, the Bible was not one book but a collection of books - in fact, a whole library. It was only in about the fourth century that the seventy two books of the Bible were combined to form the "volume." Eventually, the plural "Biblia" became a singular noun, and in modern languages signifies "the book."
The passing of the word "Biblia" from the plural into the singular was no doubt occasioned by an understanding of the real character of the Bible: While the human authors were many, the Divine Author is but one. The Bible is called "The Scriptures" (2 Peter 3:16) and "Holy Scriptures" (Romans 1:2).]
We are were sorry to learn that at one point TAN Books would no longer carry Which Bible Should You Read? by Nelson, Thomas A. published by Tan Books & Publishers Paperback. Perhaps you can find it at Amazon.
This next item is a treasure! We've used this audio Bible download to both listen to the Douay and as an aid to our high school Bible study class. It is so much easier to stay focused when you hear what you're reading.
Also, it is a giant help for those high school students who are still timid with such words as Jerusalem and Capharnaum. The audio helps with tricky personal and geographic names that can be hard to pronounce. Why miss reading it for fear of long foreign words? Enjoy this excellent Douay-Rheims Bible recording.
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DRB New Testament
This MP3 audio Bible download of the Douay New Testament is also available in MP4 format (audio/visual) as beautifully recorded by Steve Webb!
The text is on video, too. Read as you listen! This is a giant help with Catholic Bible study - listen as you drive or do light chores! Fantastic for high school and memorization.
Old & New Testament
Douay Rheims Bible
This MP3 audio Bible download of both the Douay Rheims Old and New Testaments is also available in MP4 format (audio/visual) as beautifully recorded by Steve Webb!
The text is on video with the MP4 format. Read as you listen! This is a giant help with Roman Catholic Bible study - listen as you drive or do light chores! Fantastic for high school and memorization.
When you're searching for a Roman Catholic Bible get the Douay-Rheims Bible. It is the Catholic Bible with the longest history and the most recommendations.
After having gone through Catholic high school and college, I had read Bible "versions" that were different from each other. What? Isn't the Bible the Bible?
In some of my own education I'd been through the Good News For Modern Man type schools that left me wondering what a paraphrase was if these weren't paraphrases. I'd tried to read the Jerusalem, too, but by page 400 and reading that there is "a" Lord my God it seemed that this must be a paraphrase, too.
The best Bible in English that is the Douay-Rheims Bible. It has been used and approved for hundreds of years.
The Bible is the Word of God. The Douay has been the definitive Roman Catholic Bible for centuries. The Catholic Missal used this version ever since there were Missals for the laity in both languages.
The Douay-Rheims & Clementina Vulgata (has the Vulgate which is the Latin parallel to the English), the Haydock version, and the plain Douay-Rheims Bible are available both online and at many Catholic book stores.
Lepanto Press has published the nicest presentation of the Douay-Rheims bible. It is super well bound, lovely print, excellent maps and - get ready - beautiful line drawing pictures! They also have many excellent books for homeschool and reading.
Tan Books has had a discerning selection of classic Catholic books and has the Douay-Rheims Bible without commentary. They have a well respected collection of good Catholic books, a Catholic liturgical calendar and Catholic homeschool books.
Baronius Press has a variety of sizes and color presentations:
The original daily prayer book is the Roman Catholic Missal and it has daily Bible quotes all arranged to coordinate with the liturgical calendar. If you're using the Roman Missal of 1962, you'll have the correct Catholic feast days for the 1962 liturgical calendar. If you follow it every day through the year you'll have read most the way through the Catholic Bible.
The Catholic Douay-Rheims Bible whether for a Sunday Missal or Catholic Daily Missal. This has been true for centuries. Catholic truth is not able to be substantially changed. What a consolation. Quote your favorite Bible quotes and share your favorite Douay-Rheims Bible ideas on our form below!
The most beautiful versions I have found are the
We can recommend that if you have a Douay-Rheims Bible that has been xerographically produced (as TAN's has/had been), and that you then compare the verses you are looking for, a Catholic online Bible is a great place to copy and paste from, so you do not have to scan or re-type the text into your own works.
Check here for some differences between Catholic Missals.
This catechism (By Rev. John O'Brien, M.A. New York 1924) is a catechism Catholics who choose the Douay will appreciate dearly. It teaches many reasons why the Douay is the Roman Catholic Bible. One special one is that the translation should use the Latinization of English words rather than the Anglicization as the protestants have done.
The Haydock Catholic Bible Online has explanatory notes. It is so handy for use in copying long Bible quotes. Remember that anything online is editable so one must beware the online editions, especially since OCR is not always very accurate if the information was scanned. This also makes it hard to verify that what you see on the screen is a Catholic Bible. Use these only as a tool and be forewarned that in "searching" for a Catholic online Bible we came across sites with very indecent advertising!
Did you know that Blessed George Haydock was related to the Fr. George Haydock who compiled the The Haydock Douay-Rheims Bible? Fr. Haydock's brother, Thomas, ran the publishing house in England that published it. All three lived under persecution. Blessed George was a "seminarian-priest" martyr. Fr. George and Mr. Thomas Haydock lived before the Catholic penal laws were lifted in the 1800s and together published and commented on what is called the Haydock Bible.
The Douay-Rheims Bible is the Catholic Bible that has the best "translation" from the Latin Vulgate of St. Jerome. The original meaning was simply "carried" (trans-) from the original Vulgate. Many other versions, including the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine "version", are not true translations but mere paraphrases. Remember that the Douay-Rheims Bible was translated at a time when every word mattered to the point of martyrdom. The Anglicans in England were ready to kill Catholics over such matters as true Catholic education as they did St. Margaret Clitherow.
A great feature that the Haydock version has is its running commentary of Catholic saints and Fathers on the same page as the text which appear as footnotes. Both the Old Testament and New Testament have this commentary. This helps the reader understand the Catholic understanding of Scriptures, which is sometimes hard to "wrest"!
The reprints of both the Douay and the Haydock Douay-Rheims Bible that also have a Catholic dictionary. The Haydock has a most beautiful pictorial Catholic Dictionary that is an unusually interesting feature that adds a great value to the book. There are also other appendices such as phenomenal pictures of Bible stories and there's a Bible history. Both usually have a timeline history.
Choose the one that preserves Catholic Doctrine.
How does one know? The first and easiest quote to check is Genesis 3:15. The Douay-Rheims Bible says "she shall crush thy head". Many other versions simply do not make grammatical sense.
A reason that paraphrased versions do not use "she shall" is that their authors chose not to tell the truth of Our Lady being the Mediatrix of All Graces, as her part in the Redemption is the greatest stumbling block to Protestants.
Other clues to a Roman Catholic Bible are: a word such as testament is changed to covenant (see the Haydock Douay-Rheims foreword to see that one does not have to die for a covenant, as with a testament, which removes the emphasis from Our Lord's Redemptive Act); words of authority are changed to clerical words (governor for official); tabernacle is reduced to tent; ship is reduced to boat; and unisex language is used throughout as with the many Confraternity for Christian Doctrine "versions" (CCD).
The Catechism of the Bible describes in Lesson 16 the differences between the Roman Catholic Bible and Protestant Versions states that "The most notable difference is the absence of seven whole books and parts of two others from the Protestant versions." "They are called the Deutero-Canonical Books": "Tobias, Judith, Wisdom, Ecclesiasticus, Baruch, 1 Machabees, and 2 Machabees."
"Many Protestant versions other than the King James omit the Epistle of James" (Faith without works is dead). Another important quote seems to apply to the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, in its use of the word "worship" rather than "adore" (and many others - testament/covenant, multitude/crowd, etc.) which concurs with the Latin read from the altar, as with Protestant versions: "The King James version has a preference for words of Anglo-Saxon origin whereas the Douay version freely uses words of Latin origin.... Many Protestant versions other than the King James omit the Epistle of St. James."
The Protestant versions removed many other Catholic beliefs by having removed the several books. Praying for the dead (Catholic doctrine on Purgatory) and nursing older children are in First and Second Machabees. Nursing your children and wondering how old? 2 Machabees 7:27 tells about the mother who was a saint and martyr after she watched each of her seven sons martyred. She fed her youngest son three years. Just a fact. St. Penelope had a similar story.
The principle of non-contradiction is in force with many differing terms as can be seen between "she shall" and "he shall". If it is supposed to be "she", it would be contradictory to use "he".
Other universal principles apply, too, like "No Catholic doctrine is ever outmoded!" Remember these thoughts when you find a discrepancy, then use another Catholic principle, "Always chose the better thing."
The New Regulations on Indulgences booklet from Tan Books says that among the plenary indulgences that are left to us there is a plenary indulgence for reading the Bible. Since the word "the" is indicative of a particular single item it should be understood that one should use a Roman Catholic Bible so as to be certain to be studying or reading the whole Bible and nothing but the Catholic Bible!
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