What’s the Best Bible Translation? (The Patrick Madrid Show)

A caller named Anthony from WI is curious about which Bible version is the best pick for his spiritual journey.

📘 Patrick’s Top Picks:

Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition (RSV-CE) – This is your go-to Bible! Published by Ignatius Press, it’s accurate and reliable for everyday devotion and basic study. Minimal footnotes mean less clutter and more clarity.

New American Bible (NAB) – You’ll recognize this one from Mass! It’s widely used but watch out—Patrick’s not a fan of some of the footnotes, which challenges traditional Catholic teachings.

Augustine Bible – A newer option, crafted with top-notch scholarship. If you’re looking for something a bit fresher than the RSV-CE, give this one a try.

Douay-Rheims Version – A bit old-school, but tried and true. For those who love a touch of the archaic in their scripture reading, this is a solid choice.

📖 Bonus Advice:

Patrick recommends getting your hands on some quality Bible studies and commentaries to really amp up your understanding. He shouts out works by Scott Hahn and suggests Dom Bernard Orchard’s hefty “A Catholic Commentary on Holy Scripture” for deeper exploration.

🔍 Why It Matters:

Every translation has its issues. Patrick’s advice? Stick with something faithful and clear for your spiritual needs, and you’ll be on your way to a richer, more profound experience!

So, whether you’re new to Scripture or a budding theologian, there’s a translation that’s just right for you. Dive into the Word!

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