Bible Translations

The Best Catholic Bible translation for me is

  • The Ignatius Bible (Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition). Second Edition. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2007. ISBN: 978-0898708332 Hardcover. Amazon

The Best Protestant Bible translation for me is

  • English Standard Version Study Bible. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2008. ISBN: 978-1433502415 Hardcover. Amazon

Types of Bible Translations

Strictly Literal

  • New American Standard


  • NKJV
  • RSV
  • RNAB
  • Douai-Rheims (Literal Translation of the Latin Vulgate)

Literal with Freedom to be Idiomatic

  • NRSV
  • NAB
  • NABre

Thought for Thought

  • NIV
  • NJ
  • Revised English


  • Complete Bible
  • Phillips
  • Today’s English Version
  • New English Version


  • Living Bible
  • The Message