Sunday 29 November 2020

The Great Adventure Bible - Ascension Press

The Great Adventure Bible
Notes Editors:
ISBN 9781945179419

I ordered this bible the week after two other bibles had arrived. I picked up this bible because Fr. Mike Schmitz is doing The Bible In A Year Podcast starting in January 2021. I am mostly an eBook guy. And if there had been an eBook edition, I would have picked it up. But there is something about holding this bible and knowing that people all over the world will be joining this Bible In A Year Podcast is moving. I have read the Revised Standard Version previous, and also many other translations of the bible. But this one is very different. This one focuses on the story and breaks that story in 14 key periods of salvation history. Those periods are:

Early World
Egypt & Exodus
Desert Wanderings
Conquest & Judges
Royal Kingdom
Divided Kingdom
Maccabean Revolt (or lost years)
Messianic Fulfillment
The Church

Father Mike plans to work through this timeline and fit the other books in and around it. I am excited to take part in that. And to be reading this version of the bible in this way. I have flipped through and read some of my favorite passages. Read the preface to the translation, and the introduction by Jeff Cavins. 

I have a Religious Studies Degree with a focus on Roman Catholic Thought. I would have loved to have had this bible when I was a student. It would have been great for my personal reading and for academic research. It is well put together. Organized coherently. Good footnotes without being excessive.

This is a beautiful study bible. There are great notes and reference materials. And if you are looking for a new study bible, I can highly recommend this volume. I have owned many bibles over the last 45ish years. This is one of the best I have used for study. 

I highly recommend this bible for personal or group reading, study, and to be challenged in your faith. 

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2020 Catholic Reading Plan

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