How about getting your loved one a study bible for Christmas? Here are some great choices: First the Navarre Bible New Testament, Expanded Edition. This is an extensive bible commentary using the fantastic, and highly accurate, Revised Standard Version – Catholic Edition (RSV-CE). It is excellent. I have many volumes of the Navarre bible and I find them invaluable. They are highly readable and give excellent trustworthy commentary using quotes from the Church Fathers, John Paul II, great saints and many more. This volume is the whole New Testament. It is worth every penny.
Here is another choice. The Ignatius Catholic Study Bible – New Testament, also RSV-CE but the 2nd Catholic Edition which updates some language and has different fonts and typesettings. This is from world renowned, and very popular, Catholic bible scholar Scott Hahn & Curtis Mitch. This is just an excellent study bible and I would love to have one myself (hint, hint.)
Our next choice is hot off the presses. The Catholic Scripture Study Bible. If you know anything about the Catholic Scripture Study program, you know it is excellent and this Bible aims at helping you really study the faith. It’s got “extensive study materials and reference guides, Holy Land maps, extensive biblical apologetics and topical indexes, all beautifully bound in our Classic Black Bonded Leather with multiple ribbon markers, gold edges and beautiful foil stamped cover.” There you have it. This bible is complete, with Old and New Testaments and also uses the RSV-CE translation. You can even have someone’s name embossed on it to make it more personal and precious.
Finally, we have the Catholic Answer Bible – Librosario version. This is a complete bible (Old and New Testaments) with great, easy to understand color inserts throughout that explain the Catholic faith. It uses the ever popular New American Version translation and is really fantastic. This is the Bible we gave our son for his Confirmation. It is a quality Bible, bound in leather (which is the Librosario part.) You can buy this Bible in paperback, but the leather is so luscious, and even has an embossed rosary on the back that you can use for prayer. This is one you will want to use for years of come. I really love it and sneak it off the shelf to use myself.