Peace be with you! As a priest, I get asked many questions. One of the questions that I get asked with some regularity is: “Father, can you suggest a good Catholic Bible to buy?” Indeed, I can!
A few years ago, a GREAT Catholic Bible came out that is called the Didache Bible (it is published by Midwest Theological Forum/Ignatius Press). I particularly love this Bible because it has numerous footnotes that explain the biblical text in
reference to the Catechism of the Catholic Church. In other words, the footnotes explain how the teachings of the Church are connected to, derived from, and rooted in the Bible. I find this particularly helpful when talking with Protestant Christian friends/acquaintances, as they sometimes accuse us Catholics of being “unbiblical” (even though it was the Catholic Church who gave us all the Bible in the first place!).
Additionally, the Didache Bible also offers more than 100 short, single page explanations of common questions that people have about Catholic beliefs and practices. For example, there are short explanations about the following:
- Original Sin - Just War
- Forms of Prayer - Purgatory
- Redemptive Suffering - Infallibility
- Preparing to Receive Holy Communion - Making a Good Confession
The Didache Bible is almost worth purchasing simply for these short explanations – trust me!
The Didache Bible is available in two versions. The “green” version is more readily available and is a slightly better translation (in my humble opinion), while the “brown” version is the same translation of the Bible that we hear readings from at Sunday Mass. Either version is great, however. The Didache Bible can be purchased via Amazon, Ignatius Press’ website, or Midwest
Theological Forum’s website (among other places).
So, if you are interested in getting a new Bible, please consider picking up a copy of the Didache Bible. I’m certain that you’ll love it!
“Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.” - St. Jerome
God bless, Fr. Scott