Category: Bible

Product Spotlight: Personal Study Bible

When you are looking for a little more help understanding the meaning behind Bible passages, you can find help with the Personal Study Bible.

Along with introductions for each book and chapter footnotes, here is what else you can find inside this Personal Study Bible:

156 page Catholic Encyclopedic Dictionary and Biblical Reference Guide

Not only does this guide give you definitions, but it also gives you the book, chapter and verse where people and places can be found within the Bible.

Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation

The “Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation” tries to relate the role of Scripture and post-biblical teachings of the church to their common origin in the Word of God. It is a great way to study the value of Scripture for the salvation of all.

Celebration of the Eucharist

A thorough explanation of the Celebration of the Eucharist, including Introductory Rites, Liturgy of the Word, Liturgy of the Eucharist, and Concluding Rites.

Origin, Inspiration and History of the Bible

This series includes thirty-seven articles that takes a look at the Bible throughout the ages. This supplemental section combines history and theology making this supplemental section an ideal resource for the classroom or personal use.

Plus more including eight pages of color bible maps, three year cycle of readings, and special section for Pope Francis and the succession of popes.

This Personal Study Bible is a revised edition that contains the 2011 revised Old Testament & Psalms. This official translation was approved by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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Scripture Sources and Inclusive Language

Why does The Printery House use the NRSV for its Scripture quotations?

Holy BiblePeople sometimes ask us why we use Scripture quotations from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible (NRSV). This question often comes from Catholics, who are more familiar with the New American Bible. The New American Bible texts are more familiar to most U.S. Catholics because that is the version we hear proclaimed at Mass. However, the NRSV text is also approved by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops for use by Catholics in private (non-liturgical) settings. (See The primary reason we choose to use the NRSV is because both Catholics and Protestants accept it.

Principles of Translation

Here is some information from the preface to the New Revised Standard Version:

Version History:

  • King James Version, 1611
  • American Standard Version, 1901, based on earlier revisions of KJV
  • Revised Standard Version, 1952
  • New Revised Standard Version, 1989

“…the Revised Standard Version gained the distinction of being officially authorized for use by all major Christian churches: Protestant, Anglican, Roman Catholic, and Eastern Orthodox.”

The translators of the NRSV include men and women, Protestants and Catholics. The group also includes “an Eastern Orthodox member, and a Jewish member who serves in the Old Testament section.”*

Making Choices

Our goal is to reach as wide an audience as possible. Although we use the Catholic Edition of the NRSV, we generally avoid quoting from books which Protestants do not accept as canonical Scripture. This would include the books of 1 and 2 Maccabees, Baruch, Tobit, Judith, Wisdom, Sirach, and parts of the books of Esther and Daniel. For a good summary the differences between Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox Bibles, see the Christian Bible Reference Site. (

Inclusive Language?

In creating the NRSV translation, the principle followed was “As literal as possible, as free as necessary.”* The translators paraphrased only rarely. They did so mainly for the sake of inclusive language. That is, they often shifted passages using “he” or “him” in reference to human beings into the plural. A good example is Psalm 1:1: “Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked…” (NRSV). In other translations this verse is rendered in the original singular: “Blessed indeed is the man who follows not the counsel of the wicked…” (from The Revised Grail Psalms: A Liturgical Psalter © 2010, Conception Abbey/The Grail, GIA Publications, Inc., exclusive agent. All rights reserved.). The translators of the NRSV used inclusive paraphrases wherever they felt it did not obscure “the historic structure and literary character of the original.”*

God and Pronouns

On the issue of using gender-neutral language when referring to God, we do acknowledge current Catholic Church teaching on the general principle that God has no gender:

“In no way is God in man’s image. He is neither man nor woman. God is pure spirit in which there is no place for the difference between the sexes. But the respective ‘perfections’ of man and woman reflect something of the infinite perfection of God: those of a mother and those of a father and husband” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 370; see Is 49:14-15; Is 66: 13; Ps 131:2-3; Hos 11:1-4; Jer 3:4- 19).

However, we also recognize the difficulty of creating an appropriate language for God. Our concern is to remain faithful to our mission and to our Church while reaching as many people as possible. Because of this, we prefer translations which have been approved for Catholic use. These tend to be translations which respect the grammar and style of the original languages. This includes the traditional use of masculine pronouns to refer to God. We choose to quote the Scriptures as given in the NRSV because it is commonly accepted among mainline Christian denominations. We do realize that this will not please everyone. The English language continues to evolve. If a newer, more inclusive translation becomes widely accepted, we may consider adopting it.


For the present, we will continue to use the NRSV. If you would like us to produce a card for you with a Scripture quotation from a different translation of the Bible, we will be happy to do so. You would, however, need to pay our customization fee. We must also be able to obtain permission from the copyright owner to reproduce the copyrighted material for sale. If your request involves custom calligraphy, the fee will be greater.


* Unless otherwise indicated, quotations above are from the preface to the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989, by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Published by Thomas Nelson, Inc., Nashville, TN.

Br. David is a monk of Conception Abbey and webmaster for The Printery House.

6 Steps to Starting a Bible Study With Your Co-Workers

Little Rock Catholic Bible Study

The New Year is here – full of new opportunities. If you have had it in mind to start a small group bible study at your office, the start of a new calendar year is a great time to finally put some feet to those desires. Often the only thing that keeps a bible study group from forming is the absence of a person willing to lead it. And for many, the thing that keeps them from being willing to lead is a lack of confidence about how to do the job. If that sounds like you, take a look at the six simple steps it takes to lead a bible study with your co-workers.

1. Prayer
Before attempting to do anything for God, spend some time alone with Him in prayer. Talk to Him about why you want the study and what you are hoping would come out of such a group. Pray over who should be invited and how they should be invited.

2. Find the right tools
Inertia is the biggest obstacle to getting a bible study group off the ground. You don’t take steps, because you don’t know what to do. Thankfully, others have gone ahead of you to help you. There are organized bible studies like Stonecroft, Navigators, Biblical Business Training and others who provide helpful tools that take the guesswork out of leading a bible study.

3. Find the people
You may have a good idea of who you’d like to invite from your office to your study, but be sure to pray about it too. You could be quite surprised by who is interested in being part of the group. You don’t know until you ask, maybe it needs to be an open invitation to the entire office staff. And if people say “no” – don’t worry, they just may ask to join in later on.

4. Find a time and place
Once you’ve decided on materials, you need to choose when and where to meet. Find a place where there won’t be constant interruptions and people can share comfortably. Will your group meet before work? At lunch? Every week or once or twice per month?

5. Be faithful
This is important. Start on time and end on time. Don’t put off your first group meeting in order to get more joiners and don’t wait to start your study until everyone shows up. Be faithful to the outlines you set for the study. Adhering to the schedule develops trust.

6. Be in touch
Not everyone will be able to make it to every meeting, so send out a one or two sentence recap of what gets covered during study times. You want this recap to be enough to keep everyone in the loop but not so detailed that it removes the incentive for attending your group! This is a good time to remind group members about prayer requests and any other special information.

Another great help for leading is a personal study bible. Check out The Printery House where you can pick up a copy of the Little Rock Catholic Study Bible. Make 2014 a year where good intentions become reality.