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The Ignatius Bible: Revised Standard Version, Second Catholic Edition

, 2006
ISBN: 9780898708349

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This is the popular Ignatius Bible: Revised Standard Version, Second Catholic Edition, 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 maintains a strongly conservative approach to translation, 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 edition Bible in standard English is even more beautiful in your own customizable format!

Key Features

  • Departs from archaic usage of pronouns and verbs (“thee,” “thou,” “speaketh,” etc.)
  • Conforms with the Catholic Church’s translation guidelines found in the Vatican document, Liturgiam Authenticam
  • Contains nine beautiful maps of the biblical landscape

Most Highlighted Verses in Revised Standard Version, Second Catholic Edition

Genesis 2:7: then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

Genesis 3:15: I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”

Isaiah 7:14: Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanu-el.

Matthew 11:27–30: All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Matthew 16:15–20: He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.

Matthew 28:18–20: And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and behold, I am with you always, to the close of the age.”

John 3:5: Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.

Romans 5:3–5: More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

Ephesians 2:8–10: For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God—not because of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

2 Timothy 3:16–17: All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

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  1. Mike Powers

    Mike Powers


  2. David Bozovsky
  3. Nelson



  4. Logosed



    [NOTA BENE: for this review I read carefully through Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Psalms 1-40, Romans, and 1 John in the RSV Second Edition (RSV SE), comparing it line by line with both the 1952 and 1966 editions of the RSV.] The RSV SE is a revision and modernization of the RSV Catholic Edition (RSV CE) first published in full in 1966. That earlier edition is essentially the same as the 1952 RSV with a few modifications in the direction of Catholic Theology. (No changes were made to the Old Testament.) The origin of the present publication is as follows. Ignatius Press proposed language changes to the RSV CE text. These changes met with approval of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Ignatius Press then implemented the proposed changes and sent them for review to the Congregation for Divine Worship (Vatican), which reviewed and approved all of them. The publishers claim the revision in total took ten years. However, as someone pointed out to me, that cannot be correct since Ignatius Press also claims that the RSV SE is intended to conform to Liturgiam Authenticam, a Vatican document issued in 2001! As far as the actual changes are concerned, editors and NOT biblical scholars made the changes from archaisms such as "thee/thy/thou" to the Standard English "you/your/you". Priests (NOT scholars) with theological and biblical expertise were involved in changes in wording. The Congregation for Divine Worship reviewed the proposed changes and added additional ones. The process apparently required multiple approvals from the Vatican. How good is the result? In regard to the translation itself, several points should be noted: 1. Changes to the RSV text are not merely editorial (as the publishers claim) but substantial. For example, in the space of a mere eighteen Psalms I noted dozens of substantial changes (e.g. 2.11b; 4.2a; 5.4; 5.11; 6.2; 8.5; 12.1,7; 18.4; 18.33). The famous Hebrew noun HESED is frequently changed from "Steadfast Love" to "Mercy" but this is not always done consistently in that "Steadfast Love" and "Mercy" are found together in single Psalm (Ps 36:5,10) and HESED is sometimes rendered "Mercies" (Ps 17.6). (I suspect that the person responsible for these decisions based most of them on the Vulgate and/or older Catholic translations.) At times the changes lack semantic justification (in Psalm 37.3 the RSV's 'enjoy security' is replaced by 'nourished in safety'). 2. Changing language from "Thou" to "You" is not a simple process of taking out THEES and replacing them with YOUS. The process is tricky because small changes to a language impact on its meaning. For instance, in Psalm 12.7 the RSV originally reads: "Do thou, O LORD, protect us, guard us ever from this generation." The RSV SE has: "Do, O LORD, protect us". The editors have simply deleted the word 'Thou' but this change has unintended consequences: the emphatic 'Thou' in the original Hebrew is lost. In addition, the result is less than natural English: the word 'do' which originally is part of the verb 'protect' now functions as an intensive. 3. Strangely, the marginal notes in the RSV SE have NOT been revised, and so one finds the anomaly of notes PRESERVING Thees and Thous (e.g. Is 26.7 note; Is 53.10b note)! Notes are also found in the wrong place (Ez 34.22 note should go with v.23.) Sometimes the quality of the notes is poor (for example, the comment on 1 Jn 4.1 confuses Pauline theology with Johannine theology). 4. Small errors abound. In Is 50.11 there should be an exclamation mark at the end of the first sentence. Paragraph divisions are often omitted (Psalm 18.45) or simply changed without any apparent reason other than it allows more text to fit on a page. There are misspellings too: 'Pharisees' of the introduction to Luke 18 should be 'Pharisee'. I suspect there must be even greater errors in biblical books that I did not read. 5. One or two changes to the original RSV are ludicrous. In 1 Cor 11.25, instead of the word 'cup' for the Lord's Supper one finds 'chalice', despite the fact that there is no justification in Greek to render POTERION as 'chalice'. Chalices did not exist in the time of Jesus. The integrity of the RSV is compromised by what is clearly a desire to catholicize the text. Similarly in 1 John 5 `mortal sin' is replaced by `deadly sin'. As to the publication itself: the final result is an attractive and beautifully published Bible with a leatherette cover that has gold iconography embossed on it. The quality of the publication is high, with good paper (but poor ink) in a Smythe Sewn binding. The font is clear but should be at least one tone bolder because of its extremely small size. The margins are small, making it impossible to take notes. The Bible is a good size, not at all bulky. The price is reasonable too. In conclusion, the RSV SE is an impressive publication, but may only be for those users of the RSV who find the THEES and THOUS of the older RSV offensive. For those who do not find them offensive (like me) there is no reason to make a change. One wonders why all the money and effort was poured into a publication merely to take out the words Thou and Thee when a child can be taught that Thee and Thou simply mean 'you'. In the end, the language is not simplified because the literal style employed by the original translators remains. Most important: the impressive virtue of the original RSV is that it is absolutely trustworthy, something that one cannot say for this particular incarnation. The RSV SE will need to be printed in a Third Edition that irons out the errata and infelicities that now abound in the text.
  5. Michael Miles

    Michael Miles


  6. Michael Marian
    My favourite bible version. Love it.
  7. Anthony Amedo

    Anthony Amedo


  8. Robert Blake

    Robert Blake


    The Ignatius Catholic Study Bible New Testament brings together all of the books of the New Testament and the penetrating study tools developed by renowned Bible teachers Dr. Scott Hahn and Curtis Mitch.I have this amazing study Bible a few years now as well as the regular Ignatius Bible with leather cover. The complete all in one NT & OT is due for release in 2018 and ought to be amazing. I downloaded the free version of Logo's just to see if it would be too much for me to grasp, but slowly going through the Bible Study vid's, ive grasped this much so i assume i will learn more. I am buying Verbum which i imagine will be about the same as logo's, far as the workings. Pope Francis said Catholics should carry our Bibles like we do our phones-As a result we now have the TOTALLY AMAZING { Ignatius Bible Study App }-Which has every Church document from every council, all the writings of the saints, the CCC, the COMPLETE IGNATIUS STUDY BIBLE AND SO MUCH MORE-PRAYERS, WORD STUDY, INTER-LINEAR BIBLE -
  9. Ben T

    Ben T


    The RSV2CE is a good update to the Revised Standard. It is important to know that it does NOT include original language morphological tagging. When you do a Logos Bible word study you will get English word study results. There are other translations like this: The Message, Douay-Rheims Bible, New Jerusalem Bible. For this reason, anyone who studies the Bible in the original languages wouldn't want to set the RSV2CE as their default Bible. The New American Bible, RSV, RSVCE, ESV, NRSV have morphological tagging.
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