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[Jun. 3rd, 2007|07:51 pm]
Catholic Bible Study
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[apemanmaldonado]
This has probably already been discussed here so I apologize for rehashing something, although I did give a cursory look first. I come from an Islamic background so I'm fairly disillusioned with and tired of translation arguments and haggling and nitpicking over every word and bit of grammar and so on. I've recently become interested again in Catholicism and for a variety of reasons, one being the explosive potential of family finding out, I'm trying to do research into and trying to understand Catholicism as best I can before committing to speaking to a priest or going to a church. To get to the question though, I've noticed that there seems to be disagreement as to the best English translation of the Bible so I was wondering if someone could recommend a particular translation or edition and a possible companion book to it as well to help me learn. Thank you for any and all help.
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From: cerulianphoenix
2007-06-04 01:31 am (UTC)
For the most part reading a particular translation is a matter of taste. I was talking with someone who likes the NIV but I think it's about as tasteful as stale bread. The translations most Catholics hold to today are the Douay-Rheims and the Revised Standard Version. Many prominent Catholics would recommend those translations.

A helpful companion book, as soon as you figure out how to use it, would be the Catechism of the Catholic Church. There should be an index in the back containing various references to the Biblical text and the paragraph number in the Catechism. This will help you to discover how the Church reads parts of Sacred Scripture. Some other helpful texts that are highly recommended are the Navarre Study Bible set and the Ignatius Study Bible set. If you feel up to it, and it's not difficult at all, reading the writings of the Church Fathers would be extremely beneficial to learning the teachings of the Church as well. They are freely available online and most libraries should have at least a few writings by them.

I hope this helps you, feel free to ask more questions. We're here to help you understand the Catholic faith so don't feel as though you were bothering us.
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From: apemanmaldonado
2007-06-04 08:14 am (UTC)
Thank you for your answer and I'm sure I will continue to have many more questions if not on this particular subject on others. Right now I'm looking to learn as much as possible before going forward, with Islam I think I rushed into it before I knew enough to make an educated decision. Right now I want to primarily read to get my information as when dealing with people I know that my like or dislike for the person may play a large part in addition to the information itself. I know the Bible and the Catechism are pretty definitive as to what Catholicism is and believes, but is their any other books that might also set out the overall conclusions and ideas the Catholic Church has?
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[User Picture]From: zyphane
2007-06-04 04:20 pm (UTC)
I would recommend The Catholic Passion by David Scott. I am reading it at the moment, and it is a very nice overview of the Catholic faith.
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From: cerulianphoenix
2007-06-04 06:14 pm (UTC)
There are a number of books out there that I've heard give a good overview of the Catholic faith; Catholicism for Dummies (In spite of the odd name), Cardinal Ratzinger's Introduction to Christianity, various history books on the Catholic Church (Often they include general overviews of intellectual themes and such for various ages), etc. While these books are reported to be good, I can't say personally since I haven't read any. I am a huge promoter of reading the primary texts themselves but sometimes that's just not feasible.

I think you would have to read a plethora of smaller books to get the same "education" you would get from reading the Catechism. You could try reading the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It is much shorter than the Catechism and written in question and answer format. It would likely be very helpful in learning Catholic doctrine for a beginner.

Sorry I can't come up with more specific titles, I'm at a total loss at the moment. If I remember any more I'll be certain to recommend them.

P.S. I've seen zyphane around and can essentially back up anything he may recommend. I'd also like to read The Catholic Passion myself, though I've only read very little about it so far.
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From: cerulianphoenix
2007-06-04 06:15 pm (UTC)
I'm not entirely certain but I was just browsing my wishlist and found Fundamentals of Catholicism by Kenneth Baker. It is actually three pretty thick volumes but should provide another good source of information on Catholicism.
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[User Picture]From: augustine
2007-06-04 09:33 pm (UTC)
but is their any other books that might also set out the overall conclusions and ideas the Catholic Church has?

Theology for Beginners by Frank Sheed would be a good book to read.
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