Monday, December 29, 2014
A Bible for "One Bible, One Year"
So, I have decided to give this a try for 2015: One Bible, One Year. I have selected the three Bible editions that would fulfill my needs for prayer, study, and teaching. However, before I make a decision, I would like to consult you, my loyal readers, to see which Bible you think I should use for this year. Part of my desire to do this is simply to be consistent with one single Bible for once in my life. To be honest, I am tired of using multiple Bibles all the time. I have mentioned on this blog before that one of the most beautiful things I have seen is a Catholic who has a well loved, read, and marked up Bible. I am ready to move in that direction.
In addition, being completely honest with you, I have way too many Bibles. Which reminds me, if you are looking for a particular Bible feel free to email me since I feel called to reduce the number of Bibles I currently have on my bookshelves. I would be happy to work something out for those who need a Bible to read.
A couple of additional thoughts that may answer any possible questions that you may have:
1)The one major exception to this would be that I am currently praying the Liturgy of the Hours, which has a combination of the Grail Psalms and original NAB. I can't really get around that.
2) Some may ask why there isn't an edition of the RSV-2CE that I am considering. Well, the answer is that I don't particularly care for many of the formats of those published currently. The standard Ignatius version I simply do not like to read from. I have honestly tried a number of times over the years, and I simply can't warm up to it. Of course, there is the impending release of the Didache Bible......but that is still not published. (There is, of course, the NOAB RSV out there, but I would prefer to use a Bible without archaic English.)
3) Don't worry, I will still be doing Bible reviews. As a matter of fact, I have a couple for January already in the works.
4) Why did I choose the three that I did? I am comfortable with these three Bibles and each in their own way meet my needs in a variety of settings.
5) Why not the Knox Bible? While I have a deep affection for the Knox Bible, I simply cannot use it for study and teaching. It is simply too different from the other translations my students will be using.
6) I plan to blog about my experiences doing this. I will start by announcing which Bible I have decided to go with during the first few days of January.
7) Some have expressed an interest in joining me on this crusade. If you are interested in doing so, please comment below and let me know if you would be willing to occasionally contribute a post, perhaps a total of 4 times during 2015, about your experiences. We can then chat via email about particulars.