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Open the Little Rock Catholic Study Bible and feel at home with the Word of God. Through accessibly written information and engaging visuals that highlight and clarify significant areas of Scripture, readers will easily gain an understanding of these ancient texts that can be carried into today's world. Using the authorized translation in the New American Bible Revised Edition, this lasting volume is ideal for both personal use and group Bible study.
The valuable information in the Little Rock Catholic Study Bible is offered in small notes and inserts that accompany the Bible texts as well as in expanded essays, articles, and graphics. Key symbols help readers quickly identify the type of information they need, such as explanations, definitions, dates, character and author profiles, archaeological insights, personal prayer starters, and insights connecting Scripture and its use in today's church. Colorful maps, timelines, photographs, and charts further enhance the study experience. Longer articles are dedicated to explaining study Bible fundamentals, the Catholic Church's use of the Bible, and the people and places of the biblical world.
General Editor: Catherine Upchurch serves as the director of Little Rock Scripture Study. Her work in adult faith formation involves writing, editing, lecturing, leading retreats and days of reflection. She is the editor of A Year of Sundays and an associate editor of The Bible Today, a journal of biblical spirituality.
Old Testament Editor: Irene Nowell, OSB, is a Benedictine of Mount St. Scholastica in Atchison, Kansas. She is an adjunct professor at St. John's University School of Theology, has published two books and numerous articles, and is a past president of the Catholic Biblical Association. She is also a member of the Committee on Illuminations and Texts for The Saint John's Bible.
New Testament Editor: Ronald D. Witherup, PSS, is Superior General of the Sulpicians and lives in Paris, France. He holds a doctorate in biblical studies and is the author of numerous books and articles on Scripture. His current interest is in the letters of Saint Paul and the Acts of the Apostles.
If reading Scripture gives rise to questions, it is a gift of God, a grace. To be drawn more deeply into the biblical landscape-the people and places, the deepest needs and desires of ancient communities of faith-is fertile ground for our transformation as Christian disciples. I know of no better resource to aid this sacred encounter than the Little Rock Catholic Study Bible. It is my most-used resource as an editor, a writer, and a person always being schooled in the practice of daily prayer. Whether for personal reflection, for the classroom or small-group study, the Little Rock Catholic Study Bible is the most reliable of companions.
Mary Stommes, editor of Give Us This Day
This study edition of the New American Bible is intended to help readers uncover the layers of meaning in a given book or passage of Scripture so that the words on the page may come to life.
New Testament Abstracts
The Little Rock Catholic Study Bible provides readers with just the right amount of background information needed to read the Bible with insight and understanding. Presented in an attractive format, it relates Scripture to liturgy, and it shows how a prayerful reading of the Biblical text leads to a more mature spiritual life.
Frank J. Matera
The Andrews-Kelly-Ryan Professor of Biblical Studies
The Catholic University of America
I received a copy of Little Rock Catholic Study Bible as a gift from Sr. Irene Nowell. Until I started working with it, I didn't even realize I needed a new Bible! It is magnificent, a true labor of scholarship and love. Every page draws one more deeply into the text, its history and its meaning.
+Abbot John Klassen, OSB, Saint John's Abbey, Collegeville, Minnesota
Most Bibles contain footnotes and cross references, as well as introductory essays that introduce the respective biblical book. Some versions are called `Study Bibles' and include lengthy essays in the front of the volume. While The Little Rock Catholic Study Bible contains customary introductory information written by several well-know scripture scholars, it has placed explicit study information on the page where the specific reference is found. Such study material includes definitions of terms and ideas, information about various characters, archaeological findings, relevant Church teachings, hints for personal prayer, and links with liturgical celebration. Pictures, charts, and related lists are also strategically placed throughout. All one needs for the initial study of the Bible is found within the pages of this remarkable volume.
Dianne Bergant, CSA, Professor of Old Testament Studies, Catholic Theological Union
The Little Rock Catholic Study Bible offers first rate scholarship and pastoral sensitivity in bringing the word of God to all who desire to deepen their understanding of its message as a living word that fosters faith in its readers.
Abbot Gregory J. Polan, O.S.B., Conception Abbey/Conception Seminary College; Editor, The Revised Grail Psalms.
As a coordinator of the Los Angeles Archdiocese Catholic Biblical Institute, I am always searching for resources that will enhance the lectures and required reading of our students. The Little Rock Catholic Study Bible lives up to its claim as an `all-in-one-resource.' Significant church documents on the Bible, as well as the church's use of the Bible in liturgy and social justice, help guide the reader to a Catholic approach to reading Scripture. Introductory notes on each book of the Bible, indexes, extensive footnotes, cross references, clarification of difficult terms and ideas, color maps, time-lines, charts and photographs, together with prayer starters, provide everything necessary for a successful encounter with God's Word.
Master Catechist for the Los Angeles Archdiocese
Author of What Every Catholic Needs to Know about the Bible
A prophet proclaimed, `When I found your words I devoured them; they became my joy and the happiness of my heart' (Jeremiah 15:16). What a wonderful gift the Little Rock Catholic Study Bible is for the People of God, especially those who hunger for God but are puzzled or intimidated by God's Word. Clear background information, explanations, and charts throughout its pages help make the Word of God palatable for modern readers. In addition, pictures of the holy sites, like seasoning, make Scripture more appealing; and prayer starters encourage savoring it. By feasting at the table of the Word as presented in this study Bible, readers will be drawn to Jesus, who is the ultimate Word and source of eternal joy.
Mary Kathleen Glavich, SND
Author of Leading Young Catholics into Scripture
With its readable translation, lucid introductory essays, informative notes, and rich commentaries, Little Rock Catholic Study Bible is now easily the best didactic tool for Catholics to learn about the Bible not only as a historical and literary document but also as the inspired Word of God. A fruit of many years of collaborative work by eminent biblical scholars, this Bible is now placed in the hands of Christians, Catholics, and non-Catholics alike, so that their minds and hearts may be formed and nurtured by the ways God has spoken and acted in history. Thanks to their monumental labor the renewal of the church as envisaged by Vatican II, especially in its dogmatic constitution on Divine Revelation, will be brought a step closer to fulfillment.
Dr. Peter C. Phan
Ignacio Ellacuria Chair of Catholic Social Thought
Department of Theology, Georgetown University
This is an outstandingly helpful resource. It offers both a window and a mirror into Sacred Scripture. It draws us in, speaks to our hearts, and compels us to act as disciples. A must for all groups that gather around Scripture.
Donna L. Ciangio, OP
Church Leadership Consultation