For my courses, I require a Bible — a good Bible appropriate for academic, theological work that is also primarily respectful of the divine revelation communicated through these words. For Christians, these human words open toward the Word of God. In the course, we will discuss the relationship between these words and the Word. No matter what your faith is, the Bible is one of the central texts of human intellectual history. So get a good one!
You will need a Bible for all my courses. I suggest the Ignatius Bible, which is the Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSV-CE). The RSV is a wonderful translation for its academic accuracy and poetic lyricality. In class we will discuss some of the differences of translations. No English Bible is a perfect translation of the Hebrew and Greek originals, but there are good, better, and best. I think the RSV-CE is the best, but there are other best translations. Please ask if you have questions about your Bible translations.
”Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the first-born of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” (Rev 1:4-6)