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What versions of the bible are approved by the Catholic Church?

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Asked by Anonymous at 4:17 PM on Jun. 15, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • In high school we had the New American Bible for Catholics


    Answer by MamaK88 at 4:34 PM on Jun. 15, 2009

  • I think Catholics have their own Bible....

    Answer by ReneeK3 at 5:56 PM on Jun. 15, 2009

  • In the USA the New American Bible is the Bible where the Scripture readings from Mass are from. So that's the "offical" Bible in the USA. Certainly not the only bible Catholics are are allowed to use though.

    The difference between Protestant Bibles and Catholic Bibles is in the Old Testament. Both Bibles have the same number of books in the NT. Catholics include seven additional books in the OT ( and 2 Maccabees, Sirach, Wisdom, Baruch, Tobit, and Judith—to the Old Testament) as well as some additions to the books of Daniel and Esther (Catholics call these the "deuterocanonical books"). These books were included in all Bibles until a Protestant committee removed them from Protestant Bibles in 1825. So that's the difference between "Catholic" and "Protestant" Bibles.

    Answer by eringobrough at 7:30 PM on Jun. 15, 2009

  • As for Bibles approved by the Church - if the Bible has an "imprimatur" (usually found on the copyright page) it indicates that translation is approved by the Catholic Church. Looks something like this:

    IMPRIMATUR: In accord with 1983 CIC 827
    permission to publish this work is hereby granted.

    In addition to the NAB there's: Douai-Rheims; Confraternity; Revised Standard Version (RSV) - Catholic Edition; Jerusalem Bible; New Revised Standard Version - Catholic Edition; New Jerusalem Bible; Today's' English Version - Catholic. (Not necessarily a complete list. Just what I can see on my shelf that I know about.)

    Answer by eringobrough at 7:40 PM on Jun. 15, 2009

  • i read numerous bibles and they only have a few words different i think they take there part on doctrine

    Answer by lawla at 9:58 PM on Jun. 16, 2009

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