So, let's take a moment to look forward to 2014 and use a little bit of our own imagination. Here is the proposal: If you could produce your own Catholic bible edition, using an already existing translation, what would it be? Which translation would you use? What would be the theme of this Bible? What would be included in it?
Here is mine:
The Saint John's Bible: Visio Divina Edition (NRSV)
Format: Goatskin Leather (I'd be happy with a nice genuine leather too)
Dimensions: 9.75 X 6.75 X 1.5 (inches)
Vendor: HarperOne/Liturgical Press
ISBN#1234567890 (not really)
HarperOne and Liturgical Press have teamed up to produce the first ever personal Bible edition that combines the language of the New Revised Standard Version: Catholic Edition and the majestic illuminations of the Saint John's Bible. The Visio Divina edition combines Scripture passages and sacred artwork from The Saint John's Bible in order to facilitate the powerful prayer process of visio divina. This process encourages participants to "listen and meditate on Scripture, see with eyes of faith as they gaze on illuminations, pray to God, contemplate the Spirit's movements, and reflect how they might further become Christ-like." To enhance this process, the NRSV text is laid out in a very readable single-column setting, enhanced by textual notes and cross-references in the margins. All 160 illuminations from The Saint John's Bible are reproduced on thin glossy paper and placed at the appropriate places near the biblical text. On the back of each illumination page is a brief reflection, including scriptural cross-references, authored by Fr. Michael Patella, OSB, SSD, chair of the Committee on Illumination and Text for The Saint John's Bible and author of Word and Image: the Hermeneutics of The Saint John's Bible. Also includes: Vatican II document Dei Verbum, 3-Year Cycle of Sunday and Holy Day Readings, 16 pages of full-color maps, two ribbon markers, and a concise concordance.