The New Jerusalem Bible: Saints Devotional Edition

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With writings from the saints integrated throughout the text, this new edition of the popular, widely acclaimed New Jerusalem Bible brings together the two most important pillars of the Christian faith.
Ever since the days of the early Church, believers have looked to the stories and reflections of the saints for guidance on living in harmony with God. The New Jerusalem Bible: Saints Devotional Edition is the first Bible to present the insights and interpretations of the saints directly next to the relevant passages in the Scriptures.

Featuring two hundred readings selected by Bert Ghezzi, this special edition of The New Jerusalem Bible will enhance readers’ understanding and appreciation of both the biblical texts and the lives of the saints. For example, the story of Adam and Eve’s expulsion from the Garden of Eden is followed by an excerpt from the writings of Saint Gregory Nazianzen, which brings new meaning to an already familiar tale. Interspersed throughout the text is a twenty-part lesson on studying, praying, and living the Scriptures, which contains longer selections from the saints’ writings addressing these specific issues. The Bible also includes a list of themes for easy reference, as well as a calendar of saints and a list of patron saints.

First published in 1986, The New Jerusalem Bible quickly established itself as a favorite translation, admired for both the accessibility of its language and its faultless scholarship. Augmented with the wisdom of the saints, this new edition will extend its well-deserved reputation and popularity among lay readers and scholars alike.

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This highly accessible translation of The New Jerusalem Bible features inspiring quotes from the saints. Within the pages of this solidly bound text readers find a convincing testament to how the saints steeped themselves in Scripture. "You will see it in what they said, what they wrote, and above all in what they did, for in all things they concentrated on conforming to God's Word," according to the introduction. The 200 assorted readings from the saints (100 for the Old Testament and 100 for the New Testament) are delightfully diverse, including commentary, reflection, preaching, testimonies, poetry, hymns, letters, and more. The one commonality is that all the quotes emphasize or illuminate various passages of the Bible. For instance, in the Book of Ruth, Saint Aelred of Rievaulx (1110-1167) speaks to when Moabite ordered his reapers to discreetly leave ears of corn in the field for Ruth to find, so she could collect his charity without shame. Saint Aelred uses Moabite's compassion as a measurement for how to give generously and respectfully to friends.

Along with a complete text of the ancient canon of the Scriptures, this also includes a mini course (20 brief lessons) on the teachings and experiences of the saints. The final pages offer biographical sketches of each of the 90 saints quoted in the text, a yearlong calendar of the saints, as well as a listing of patron saints (such as Adelard and Dorothy for gardeners and Joseph of Cupertino for air travelers). --Gail Hudson

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“The best of modern scholarship joined with a deep reverence and devotion for the Bible as the Word of God.” Christianity Today

“The best of modern translations.” The Living Church

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