For the last several months I have been studying The Bible. I have been following a Yale online course (sounds fancy, but it is a free open thing anyone can take) and reading the Jewish Study Bible. The course is for the Old Testament (does that designation piss off Jewish people? “Ah, that’s the old book, we got the new one!”) assigns the Jewish Study Bible and is geared mainly that way, namely it is a study of the Judaic religion. That needs specification because while Judaism and Christianity share a book in common they can’t interpret all of it the same. One such instance would be the Christian notion (notion? statement belief) that the arrival of Christ was foretold in the Old Testament. You will get no such thing in a class focused on the Judaic interpretation.
I had planned on doing both takes. Namely I was going to do the Old Testament as a study of the Judaic religion, and the New Testament as a study of the Christian religion. Then I ran across the book seen above and bought it. I had planned to anyway, but I hadn’t seen one on the shelf and was going to wait until I had finished the OT.
But I may just change my plans entirely. The Catholic Study Bible simply kicks the Jewish Study Bible in the butt. The reading guide is over 500 pages long, plus they have opening essays at the beginning of each book, and running commentary for each verse. It has a glossary (yes, that is a help!), a lectionary (not much use to me, but it is still interesting), a detailed index to the reading guide, a concordance, 20 pages of maps with a thorough index. Not only does the reading guide go over each book of the Bible, it also has many essays on a number of relevant topics. Plus each book of the Bible is broken down into numbered tables and organized by varying criteria. Especially good is the use of numbered lists for the important events and themes of each book. That is how I think, so it is a great help.
I am thoroughly impressed by this work. So I think I may switch over to this book as my main one. It will be interesting to cross reference particular points and how they are handled in the two.
Another point is the Catholic Bible has 7 more books than either Continue reading