The New American Bible - Basic Youth Edition

by Brian Singer-Towns (Editor)

Paperback, 2005

Barcode

6633

Call number

220.5205 NAB

Status

Available

Call number

220.5205 NAB

Pages

1486

Publication

Saint Mary's Press (2005), 1486 pages

Original publication date

1970

ISBN

0884898636 / 9780884898634

Rating

(61 ratings; 4)

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LibraryThing member comfypants
[I'm reviewing each book as I read them:]

Genesis: I love this stuff.

Exodus: The first half or so, enjoyable and interesting. The rest is lists of laws and instructions.

Leviticus, Numbers & Deuteronomy: Essentially the law books of ancient Israel, and about as good a read as you might expect from a list of laws.

Joshua, Judges and Ruth: Respectively: genocide at God's command, 300-years of genocide at God's command, and praise for a girl who seduces her dead husband's uncle.

1 & 2 Samuel: Samuel is a sort of historical epic covering 3 generations, with most of the focus on wars, and although I don't really like that sort of thing, it's not bad.

1 & 2 Kings: These books are an impossible mess. The facts presented concerning the years of Kings' reigns (which makes up most of the book) are impossible and/or contradictory (according to the scholarly folk who wrote the footnotes). Peoples' names are inconsistent and often duplicated to the point where the (modern) editors gave up and just changed to wording to "the king of such and such" wherever possible. I happened to get a trivia question about something from one of these books, maybe two days after reading the pertinent chapter, and failed to answer the question correctly.

1 & 2 Chronicles: I don't understand why this is in the Bible. Basically, it's just information copied out of Samuel and Kings.

Ezra and Nehemia: The author of Chronicles talks about the return of Israel from exile, the rebuilding of the temple and re-instituting of Mosaic law in Israel. To sum up the morals of these books: Persian Kings love Jews, and any man in a mixed marriage should abandon his family.

Tobit, Judith & Esther: Three short (relative to the historical books) folktales, and the first books in the bible to have traditional narrative structures.

1 & 2 Maccabees: Historic war epic, similar to Samuel. Not very well-written compared with Samuel, though, and the story's not nearly as interesting. Also, the cruelty and violence of the Israelite heroes is starting to disturb me more than a little (this coming from someone who likes games like GTA and movies like Kill Bill).
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LibraryThing member Borg-mx5
Excellent study text for Catholics.
LibraryThing member mykl-s
-lots of notes and background info, thus less confusing than some versions

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