Wednesday, June 21, 2017


Which Will Come First?
Completed One-Volume Ignatius Catholic Study Bible
Fully Revised NABRE
The Parousia
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Monday, June 19, 2017

The Slow Trickle Continues........

Thanks to Emilia for spotting this!  Due to be published October 10th.

Ignatius Catholic Study Bible: 1&2 Kings
This volume in the popular Ignatius Catholic Study Bible series leads readers through a penetrating study of the First and Second Books of Kings using the biblical text itself and the Church's own guidelines for understanding the Bible.

Ample notes accompany each page, providing fresh insights by renowned Bible teachers Scott Hahn and Curtis Mitch as well as time-tested interpretations from the Fathers of the Church. These helpful study notes provide rich historical, cultural, geographical, and theological information pertinent to the Old Testament book information that bridges the distance between the biblical world and our own.

The Ignatius Catholic Study Bible also includes Topical Essays, Word Studies, and Charts. The Topical Essays explore the major themes of 1 & 2 Kings, often relating them to the teachings of the Church. The Word Studies explain the background of important biblical terms, while the Charts summarize crucial biblical information "at a glance".

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Saint John's Bible on CBC Radio!

Jason Engel is a frequent author/commentator on this blog, former ambassador of the Saint John's Bible, as well as a good friend.  Recently, he did a fascinating interview on CBC Radio discussing my favorite 21st century illuminated bible and how it had the power to gather people from diverse situations around it.  You can check it out here.

Monday, June 12, 2017

YouCat Bible Origins

Cologne ( When the YOUCAT Foundation and I first set out together to develop a Bible for young people, an experienced publisher said to me: Think it over seriously!  A Bible isn’t easy as it might seem.  To keep the entire body of the text in view, to make it all legible, not to leave anything out, and then the corrections – it can drive you crazy.  It can go wrong big-time.
Alright, I then thought with sincere respect and not a little sheepishness, it would be better not to get too over-confident if the project comes up.   And I thought about my own mini-bible, chock full of dense, small-print, precisely type-set text, and it dawned on me, that if it becomes a reality, that I am permitted to develop a Bible, then it has to be done right, really right.  I won’t do less.
For me the encounter with the emerging idea of a youth catechism almost seven years ago was the beginning of a completely new chapter in life and in my professional career path.  My work till then dealt with local or regional contract jobs, whereas the YOUCAT project introduced me to a new, unexpected global dimension and with it also a completely new expectation of serious, clear communication with particularly complex subject matter.  Yet, the biggest of those was that it fulfilled in the highest degree my yearning to visualize precisely the subject matter that I myself stand for.
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You can purchase the YouCat Bible here.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Good Pre-Sale Price for NLT-CE at is listing the NLT-CE for $9.99 for the Ebook and $18.99 for the hardcover.  Both will be released in October.

Tyndale is pleased to announce the NLT Catholic Readers Edition, approved by the Catholic Church for reading and study and including the official Imprimatur. The Bible includes the New Living Translation text with deuterocanonical books. It also features book introductions to aid your personal study. The Holy Bible, New Living Translation communicates God’s Word powerfully to all who read it.

The New Living Translation is an authoritative Bible translation rendered faithfully into today’s English from the ancient texts by 90 leading Bible scholars. The NLT’s scholarship and clarity breathe life into even the most difficult-to-understand Bible passages—but even more powerful are stories of how people’s lives are changing as the words speak directly to their hearts.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Daniel: Under the Siege of the Divine

Over the past few weeks, I have been enjoying reading through the late Fr. Daniel Berrigan's commentary on the Book of Daniel.  Daniel: Under the Siege of the Divine was re-published by Plough earlier this year in a very beautifully bound and typset edition.  Fr. Berrigan was a priest and poet, who many recognize as one of the great antiwar activists of the past generation.  Arrested over fifty times for non-violent protest against nuclear weapons and war, Fr. Berrigan rose to prominence in the late 1960's through his involvement with the Catonsville Nine.   Yet, perhaps unknown to many, Fr. Berrigan wrote a number of biblical commentaries later in life, including books on Ezekiel, Isaiah, and the historical books of the OT.  This commentary on Daniel is a social and political one, which connects the lived experience of people at the time of the Babylonian exile with the realities of today.  This is not a technical commentary, but rather a spiritual/application one.  Even though it was first published in 1998, it remains very applicable to the world we live in today, perhaps even more so.  Any of you who are familiar with the work of Fr. Berrigan know that he had the rare ability to be both outspoken and poetic.  This commentary certainly exhibits these qualities in full, as the book's description makes clear:

A bold and unorthodox application of the Old Testament to current political and social discourse, Daniel is not simply a book about a bygone prophet, but a powerful charge to all people of conscience. As Berrigan writes, “There are principalities of today to be confronted, their idols and thrice-stoked furnaces and caves of lions, their absurd self-serving images and rhetoric. Someone must pink their pride, decode the handwriting on the wall. Who is to stand up, to withstand?”

So, if you are looking for a different style of commentary than you are accustomed to, one that is a more direct, yet poetic, critique of the modern world through the lens of the bible, I'd recommend getting a copy.  I have enjoyed every page of it and hope that they republish some of his other commentaries in the future.  Daniel: Under the Siege of the Divine is available in both hardcover and Ebook.