Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Cambridge NRSV's Back in Stock

Cambridge University Press is known for produce high quality Bibles.  For Catholics, their edition of the NRSV Reference Bible w/ Apocrypha is one of the nicest on the market.  It had been out of print for the past year or so, but recently it has be re-printed.  I have been told by those who have purchased this edition that it has a slightly different look and feel than some of the previous printings.  (I own the previous two.)  From what I have heard, the font is bolder, the paper is decently thick, and the French Moroccan leather is better than the previous two editions.  If I am able to acquire a reveiw copy, I'll try to do a review.  Here is a review I did of the previous edition, which I consider one of my best Bibles along with the Baronius Knox.

Here is the description:
An NRSV reference edition complete with Apocrypha, for serious bible study.

This edition of the NRSV includes the Apocryphal/ Deuterocanonical Books, placed in between the Old and New Testaments.

The Bible is attractively laid out, with generous-sized type and line spacing, set in two columns neatly divided by cross- references. There are discreet section headings to break up the text and translators’ footnotes to explain textual reconstructions and variant readings

At the back of the Bible is a section comprising a glossary, maps, and tables of weights, measures and values. The glossary points to where names and places appear in the text, and includes lists of the miracles and parables as recounted in each of the Gospels.

The Bible is beautifully produced, equipped with ribbon markers and finished with head and tailbands. The pages have gilt edges and the Bible is fully sewn and bound in French Morocco leather.

> cross-references

> glossary with lists of miracles and parables

> maps relating to the Bible and Apocrypha


> Bible paper

> gilt edges

> ribbon markers

> presentation page

> cross-references

> glossary

> 15 colour maps


rolf said...

I have the older version this Bible and I think it has the best quality book block of all the Bibles I own! Excellent cross references and maps make it a pleasure to use. I sure wish Cambridge (or Allan) would publish a Catholic edition reference Bible! I know Allan has been pondering it, but it sure would be nice if Cambridge would step up since Catholics have been their customers for years!

Anonymous said...

Amazon comments indicate this is an Anglicized translation

Peter Brennan

Biblical Catholic said...

Well, if it is published by Cambridge I suppose it probably will be the Anglicized edition, that makes sense, and they wouldn't call it that because, well, to them it is not a special edition of the NRSV, it's just the NRSV.

Timothy said...

I am not sure it is the anglicized. The other two editions were not.

Anonymous said...

Cambridge's website specifically states that other editions of the NRSV are anglicized but does not so state for this edition, so I doubt this one is anglicized.

Michael P.

Christopher Buckley said...

I do believe that actual Catholic Edition NRSVs carrying the imprimatur use the Anglicized text.


Anonymous said...

Here's a Catholic Edition NRSV that is not Anglicized:


Also, their Catholic NRSV e-book is not Anglicized. I have both and can confirm.

Michael P.

wxmarc said...

I could be wrong, but I thought the Anglicized NRSV was similar to the RSV-2CE when it comes to church approval. The imprimaturs from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and from Daniel Pilarczyk of the USCCB were granted in 1991, and the anglicized edition was released in 1995. I'm not sure if a separate imprimatur was ever granted to the anglicized text, or if it was assumed to apply since the changes did not involve a change of meaning.

Francesco said...


Its been so long since I've held a physical NRSV-CE that it might be that they're all Anglicized. The e-book version I've got from Amazon doesn't seem to be Anglicized (though for some reason the webpage where they try to sell it says that it is Anglicized, like the link you provide). One should suppose the USCCB and CCCB probably signed off on the standard version, since they granted the imprimatur years before the Anglicized text was published.

The differences between the NRSV and the NRSV-UK were covered last year on this blog:


Anonymous said...

Seems that Bibles do not have Concordances now...
Are concordances becoming out of date??

Anonymous said...

Concordances are possibly becoming out of date due to the ease of looking up references on the Internet.