R. L. Allan, of the UK, is known for producing quality high-end Bibles. As stated on their website: "Since 1863 we have been producing and selling our own exclusive Allan range of high quality, hand-finished Bibles which are both beautiful and durable. They are probably the finest leather-bound Bibles you can buy." Indeed, from the reviews I have seen, their Bibles seem to be produced with the utmost care and quality. However, for those seeking a truly Catholic edition, with all 73 canonical books incorporated, Allan has yet to produce one. All of their Bibles are Protestant editions, with the closest one a Catholic might get would be the beautiful NRSV in Brown Highland Goatskin. Of course, this edition does not include the Deuterocanonicals.
So, what is a Catholic to do? Complain of course! No, not really. In truth, most have simply found their favorite Bible edition and simply had it rebound by the fine people at Leonards Book Restoration Station. I have done this and so have quite a few others who have done guest posts on this blog. But, wouldn't it be nice to be able to purchase a premium edition Catholic Bible? The closest to this, I maintain, is the NRSV Reference Bible with Apocrypha from Cambridge. Yet, again, it isn't truly a Catholic edition.
So, let's just suppose that Allan's decided to produce a high-end Bible in a Catholic edition. What would be your dream Allan's Catholic Bible edition? When answering that question, consider the following questions: 1) Which current translation would you like to see utilized? (Please stick to a translation that is already published, not one like the proposed ESV-CE which no one is sure will ever actually be published.) 2) What kind of page layout would you like? 3) What, besides the text itself, would you like to see included? 4) What kind of cover?
1) NRSV or NABRE (not sure which one to be honest)
2) Two-columns, center references
3) Nice selection of maps (Cambridge NRSV Reference Edition), concordance, Sunday Mass Readings, and three Bible ribbons
4) Brown Highland Goatskin