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New American Bible (NABRE)

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The New American Bible is a Catholic version of the Bible in English, along with illustrations and explanations that facilitate the understanding of the text.

This is the first major update to the New American Bible (NAB) text in 20 years (published 2011). The NABRE accomplishes three major goals in Biblical scholarship: First, a more accurate translation aided by modern archeological and historical discoveries; second, a more consistent rendering of the Greek and Hebrew to more closely express the meaning of the original text; and third, revisions in the NABRE reflect changes in modern English usage of particular words (ex. burnt offering substituted for holocaust ).

In 1943, His Holiness Pope Pius XII issued his now famous Encyclical Divino afflante Spiritu prescribing that "up-to-date and appropriate translations be made in various languages, by preference from the original texts of the sacred books." In response to this, the members of The Catholic Biblical Association of America began work on a translation of the sacred scriptures with a goal of presenting the sense of the biblical text in as correct a form as possible. Approximately twenty-five years later, the New American Bible was published. Revisions were made along the way and this Revised Edition was first published in 2011.

The text of the books contained in the New American Bible is a completely new translation throughout. Translated from the original and the oldest available texts of the sacred books, it aims to convey as directly as possible the thought and individual style of the inspired writers.


  • Includes:
    • 73 books covering the Old Testament and Revised Psalms (Published 2011) with Revised New Testament (Published 1986)
      • The Old Testament includes the deuterocanonical books of Tobit, Judith, 1 and 2 Maccabees, Wisdom, Sirach and Baruch
    • Book introductions
    • Explanatory and translator footnotes with cross-references
  • Translated from the original languages with critical use of all the ancient sources
  • Authorized by the Board of Trustees of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine and approved by the Administrative Committee/Board of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and the United States Catholic Conference
  • Not just for Catholics! This translation was the achievement of some fifty biblical scholars, the greater number of whom, though not all, are Catholics. The collaboration of scholars who are not Catholic fulfills the directive of the Second Vatican Council, not only that "correct translations be made into different languages especially from the original texts of the sacred books," but that, "with the approval of the church authority, these translations be produced in cooperation with separated brothers" so that "all Christians may be able to use them."
  • Synchronizes with other Bibles by "content" rather than "verse number." The New American Bible includes a unique numbering system in some areas of the Bible and PocketBible accounts for that so you can easily use it with other PocketBible Bibles.

Sample Text

Psalm 1:1

Blessed is the man who does not walk
in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the way of sinners,
nor sit in company with scoffers.

John 3:16

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.

2 Timothy 3:16-17

All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that one who belongs to God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

Revelation 10:10

I took the small scroll from the angel's hand and swallowed it. In my mouth it was like sweet honey, but when I had eaten it, my stomach turned sour.

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