Thursday, February 3, 2011

Saint Benedict Press + NABRE


You can check out the line of NABRE's that Saint Benedict Press will be releasing in March here. They will be coming out in hardcover, Black Premium UltraSoft, and paperback. (Unfortunately the paperback cover I voted for didn't win, but alas the red edition looks ok. I still think the green "Baptism" one was better.)

Also note in the description that that these Bibles will come with "extensive notes, commentary, cross-references (a first from Saint Benedict Press!), a 3-year cycle of readings for Sunday and weekday Masses, and favorite Catholic prayers. " That part about cross-references made me chuckle a bit. Looks like a great edition, one which I will certainly order. Now if only we could get their RSV-CE with cross-references then everything would be right in the world...

11 comments:

Colleague said...

Thanks for the update. I've gone ahead and pre-ordered a copy of the paperbound. Seems like the perfect thing for Lent.

The real money will be spent this July when Oxford releases the Catholic Study Bible with the full NABRE.

Diakonos said...

The inclusion of lectionary for Sundays & weekdays won me over. Like the feel of their ultra-soft covers but prefer the looks of the burgundy with St Benedict Cross. Least favorite is the red pb but most likely the one I will get due to price...this leave some $ in the coffers in case another publisher comes out with a tempting edition (I am awaiting to see what the Little Rock edition looks like since it has extra study material).

Stephen said...

I'm looking forward to this one. Have mixed emotions about the cover of the paperback. I tend to prefer plain covers. I did like the green cover. All of the potential covers (paperback)have significant meanings for believers. As much as I like a lot of this kind of art, most are probably not realistic depictions (take a look at the heavy stylized ceiling). I'll probably go with the paperback and if I really like it may order a 'sturdier' version and then give the paperback to someone who needs a bible.

Tim B. said...

I'll wait for a genuine leather copy to be released. Any information on when one will be available?

Stephen said...

Tim B. Not sure when it will be released...but see below. A while back, I almost ordered the RSV-CE Leather Large Print version...then the Ignatius New Testiment Study Bible was released (It has kept me quite busy - and, although it is not larger print, I've found the print size very easy to read - including the study notes). One of the issues I've had with the NAB is that most editions have study notes where the print sizes are so small. Okay... if you go to TAN books, they have a customer service number and e-mail. I found them to be very, very responsive with my questions when I was considering ordering the RSV-CE. Give em a try.

Anonymous said...

Well, there are cross references and there are cross references. Cross references need to be in the margin next to the text. The New Jerusalem Bible handles this fantastically. The Oxford Catholic Study Bible sticks the cross references at the bottom of the page where they are hard to see and use and are basically useless.

Anonymous said...

The leather Douay-Rheims I got from these guys (although otherwise very nice) has a glued binding. Catholic Book Publishing Co. will probably make a better quality edition with pictures and more features. Also, my CBPC NAB is the only copy I have seen that actually has the text and notes evenly distributed on each page. World Publishers (on the CBPC website) currently have NAB with thumb index tabs if you like those, maybe that will be forthcoming for NABRE, too. BTW, paperbacks last a lot longer if you cover them in clear contact paper.

Theophrastus said...

I feel that $26 is far too expensive for a glued, paperbound NABRE. I'v seen Saint Benedict Press Bibles before, and physically, they are nothing to write home about.

To see how out of range this is, let's compare it with some Oxford Catholic Bible editions (which are physically far nicer and have tons of supplementary material.

(NAB) Catholic Study Bible, 2nd ed. Amazon price: $30 hardcover

(NRSV) New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha, 4th edition Amazon price: $26 hardcover

(NAB) The Catholic Bible, Personal Study Edition, 2nd edition Amazon price: $31 hardcover

There are also paperback editions available cheaper.

As a comparison, our Protestant friends sell paperback Bibles for much cheaper -- Christianbook.com offers 444 Bibles in the "under $5" category. Many of these are just New Testaments, but there are complete ESVs, NKJVs, KJVs, NIVs, etc. all available for under $3.

Unless one for some reason needs this edition immediately (and having Web access alone will not do), I would suggest waiting until other publishers (such as Oxford) offer physically nicer, fuller-featured, far-cheaper NABRE editions this summer.

Bernadette said...

Theophrastus, I'd like to make a brief comment about your post as I see you've provided links to Amazon.com. Amazon's prices are hard to beat, but do you know that they have a great deal of anti-Catholic content on their website? They do. Some of it is in the guise of "free speech" on their discussion boards located at the bottoms of their product pages, others can be found in reading recommendation lists posted by customers. I've complained many times and received no response from them. I only purchase from this company as a last resort. Peace be with you,
Bernadette

PS. As an example, here is a "list" currently on Amazon's website:

http://www.amazon.com/GOOD-MOVIES-PERVE-CATHOLIC-PRIESTS/lm/R2TEOZG9SKIEB6

Theophrastus said...

Bernadette: That's unfortunate. However, I have had good success at Amazon with marking comments as "inappropriate" or "report this". I have marked the page you indicated that way, and I hope Amazon will take action.

Bernadette said...

I'm glad to hear that you've had better success with reporting offensive content than I seem to have had. I guess it might be a matter of which customer service/support individual receives a particular complaint as to what is done about it. Hopefully, your complaint will succeed in getting that page eliminated. :)

Bernadette