Friday, January 14, 2011

Study Bible review

Recently, with a Christmas gift care, I picked up a copy of the brand new Ignatius Catholic Study Bible - New Testament. I own a few Bibles, and I do have a favorite, but I don't own a study bible. I've always wanted to participate in a formal Bible Study, and our parish holds them regularly, but my schedule simply doesn't allow it right now.

So, when I saw this, I got excited. This bible is edited by Dr. Scott Hahn and Curtis Mitch. I've read many of Dr. Hahn's books, and his conversion story, Rome Sweet Home was instrumental in my own reversion back to the faith as a young adult. This study bible includes the entire New Testament with extensive footnotes, maps, a concordance, easy-to-read introductions to each book, and topical essays. Have you ever seen all of those slim paperbound study guides to each book in the New Testament in your local Catholic store? I have, and these are all of them, bound up into one volume. The Old Testament is only just beginning :) so no accompanying volume on that yet. But it's in progress.

I've started making this my evening devotional, and it's really wonderful. It's much more "approachable" than, say, the New American Bible footnotes, which oftentimes feel a bit scholarly for me. :) I find these very readable, and they use a series of icons to let you know what type of issue a comment pertains to

I have the leatherbound version, and the cover is quite nice and durable. It comes with 2 gold ribbons for page marking, which is a favorite feature of mine. Check it out if you're interested in a home study Bible Study. :)


  1. My husband has it and we take it with us when we teach our conformation class. I have to admit it's the best catholic study bible I've ever seen.

  2. I have a copy. I really like it.


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