Friday, October 7, 2011

Upcoming Catholic Bible Releases

A few times a year I like to do a post focusing on the upcoming Bible releases in the various Catholic translations. With the rush of new editions over the past year or so, due to the publication of the NABRE and the releases from Saint Benedict Press and HarperOne, I think we are entering a bit of a slow period. So, below is what I have found concerning the Big Three (RSV, NRSV, and NABRE) doing my own internet searching, along with information I have gathered through corresponding with a few publishers:

RSV (First and Second Editions)
From what I have been able to gather, there are no new publications scheduled in any Catholic edition of the RSV. A contact with Ignatius stated that they are looking into a large-print edition of the RSV-2CE, but no plans have been set as of yet. The only other RSV-related material that is set to be released is the ICSB Exodus volume which is due sometime early next year. I still believe that the definitive edition of the RSV-CE (or RSV-2CE) has yet to be produced. Perhaps that edition only exists in my mind, but you never know what might happen in the next few years. We'll just have to wait and see.

While HarperOne has released the NRSV-CE in numerous creative editions over the past few years, there are currently no new editions of the NRSV set for publications. I should point out that a contact at HarperOne has made it known that they will be releasing a NRSV with cross-references at some point in the near future. It is uncertain whether or not this cross-reference edition will come in a specifically Catholic version.

This month, Oxford University Press will publish the Catholic Bible Personal Study Edition (NABRE). The problems and inconsistencies relating to Oxford's Catholic Study Bible (NABRE) are supposedly resolved in this edition, which comes in hardcover, paperback, and bonded leather. (Publication date on a corrected CSB NABRE has not been released.)

HarperOne will begin publishing the NABRE in early 2012. While details are scarce as to what this edition will include, it will come in a black and white imitation leather and paperback edition. This edition is due at the end of February 2012.

Also, one of my contacts has mentioned to me that there are a few prominent publishers that may soon begin producing more high-quality editions of the NABRE. Some of the possibilities are quite exciting, but we will see what happens.

Am I missing anything?


Theophrastus said...

Slow period? Ha!

Tim, there are always exciting new editions of the NRSV coming up. Just to mention two coming up in November:

The Kindle Catholic Bible edition is coming out (along with quite a few other Kindle Harper-NRSV versions). Kindle NRSV versions up until now have all been sadly lacking, and I have high hopes for this new edition.

The Jewish Annotated New Testament -- this is the NRSV NT with annotations by Jewish commentators, is coming out from Oxford. Reportedly, it will be in the style of Oxford's Jewish Study Bible. You have to admit, this looks intriguing and quite a unique volume. (Whether it is actually good or not, I cannot yet say.)

Despite its age, the NRSV continues to be re-released month-after-month in new, interesting, and innovative editions.

Dan Z. said...

Completely off topic, here is a link to a post on the Fisheaters forum, about the Archdiocese of Detroit's Together In Faith program to shut down parishes:,3444759.0.html

Since you are in Michigan, do you have any opinions on Together In Faith?

Matt said...

Is there anybody that will be publishing a large-print edition of the NABRE? That would be terrific!

Timothy said...

Oxford University Press sells a large print edition of the NABRE.

Timothy said...


I do, but since I use to work for the AOD I would rather not discuss them on this blog dedictates to Scripture. But feel free to email me if you want to talk.

Theophrastus said...

Matt, actually, I think you would really like the Oxford Leather-bound Large Print NABRE. From some of your comments, I gather you are not always fond of the NAB/NABRE notes. But in the Oxford edition, the notes are at the end of each book, so it is easy to read the translation while ignoring the notes.

Dan Z. said...


Oops! Sorry, I didn't realize you actually worked for the Archdiocese. Wouldn't want you to write anything that might get you in trouble!

Hopefully your Archbishop will be able to find a solution where no parishes will need to close. But if some do need to close down, as the post in the Fisheaters forum says, hopefully the ones picked will be the plain, generic, multi-purpose buildings, and not the sacred and inspirational looking buildings.

Timothy said...


No problem. I don't work for the AOD anymore, so I am safe! :)

That being said, we shall see which churches will be closed. I am not sure the list mentioned on the site will even be considered. It comes down, often, to where populations are, which means a number of the more historically beautiful churches are unfortunately the most vulnerable. But we shall see.

Dan Z. said...


Its too bad they can't figure out a way to load the historic churches in sections onto flatbed trucks, move them to a more populated area, then reassemble the buildings at the new locations.

Another Matt said...

Let's not forget Baronius Press' age-old promise that the Ronald Knox Bible will be reprinted soon! Hey, it's still in their forthcoming titles section! Fail.