Catholic Bible Study Resources
“Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.” – St. Jerome
New American Bible
The New American Bible (NAB) provides the basis for the Lectionary used in the Mass in the United States and the Philippines. No other English speaking countries use the NAB for Mass.
Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition
The Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE) is used by the Holy See for the majority of the Scripture quotations in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC).
Differences between the original Protestant Revised Standard Version and the RSVCE can be found here. A Lectionary based on the RSVCE is permitted for use in India and a Lectionary based on the RSVCE 2nd Edition is used in the Antilles.
New Jerusalem Bible
The New Jerusalem Bible (NJB) is the most widely used Catholic Bible outside of the United States. No country uses the NJB for the Readings in the Mass. But, a Lectionary based on it’s predecessor, the Jerusalem Bible (JB), is used in Australia, New Zealand, India, and other countries.
Christian Community Bible
The Christian Community Bible (CCB) is a series of Bible translations in many different languages including English, French, Spanish, Tagalog, and others. The translations were made and published by the Claretians, a missionary community of Roman Catholic priests and brothers.
The CCB is designed to be understood by ordinary people and incorporates extensive commentaries in order to accomplish this. The English translation was published in 1988 for use by English speaking Catholics in the Philippines.
The Douay-Rheims Bible (DR) is a translation from the Latin Vulgate into English published in 1582 (New Testament) and 1609-1610 (Old Testament). It was effectively THE English language Catholic Bible for centuries. It was revised by bishop Challoner in the late 18th century. The Challoner revision is the version of the DR that is typically encountered.
The DR is still commonly used in those parishes offering the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (the Tridentine Mass).
The Haydock Bible features extensive commentary compiled by Fr. George Leo Haydock. The original Haydock Bible featured the text of the Douay-Rheims Bible as well as Fr. Haydock’s notes. This online version contains only the commentary and not the actual Scripture verses. However, it can be used with the DR Bible linked above. (Note: other translations may certainly be used but verse numbers may not always match up to other translations.)
Sunday Scripture Study
Catholic Scripture Studies on the Sunday Readings.
Presentation Ministries Audio Bible Studies
Audio Bible Studies (mp3) of the 4 Gospels by the late Fr. Al Lauer, founder of Presentation Ministries. Studies of the other New Testament books are available in audio tape format.
Pope Leo XIII’s Encyclical on the study of Holy Scripture (November 18, 1893)
Divino Afflante Spiritu
Pope Pius XII’s Encyclical on promoting Biblical studies (September 30, 1943)
The 2nd Vatican Council’s Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation (November 18, 1965)
The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church
Pontifical Biblical Commission (April 23, 1993)