SECOND EDITION OF “THE AFRICAN BIBLE”!
This second edition of “The African Bible“, from now on, will be called “The New African Bible” and rightly so. The features are the same. However, this new edition contains the revised version of the Old Testament from the New American Bible. The New Testament was already revised in the first edition. The revision was done over 35 years in order to bring the biblical text closer to the original texts. Introductions, comments and notes have been revised and many added. The Glossary comes to you with many more entries, making it a precious tool for students and those who want to deepen relevant specific topics. New illustrations were also added. The African Bible now has 2,240 pages and it costs only US$ 15.00.
In summary, The African Bible presents the following characteristics:
•Introductions to each book giving updated information about the book and the theological and pastoral relevance for Africa today.
•Explanatory notes are provided in the various domains of exegesis, theology and spirituality as well as in catechesis and pastoral ministry.
•The comments, running alongside the biblical text, work as a key to understand a chapter or a section of the book and to see the relevance of the passage in Africa today.
•The illustrations aim at making the historical background easier to understand and offer an artistic insight into some texts.
•The Bible is enriched by cross-references, the 3-year cycle of liturgical readings, the chronology,’ and the glossary/thematic index.
“The need to prepare and publish a second edition of a book is always a good sign of its success. This is certainly true of the African Bible… A work of this nature can never be considered as definitive – there will always be room for improvement. We can therefore be rest assured that in this revised edition the Publishers are giving us something better: The New African Bible. A very important feature of this Bible that might escape many readers is found in the introductions to individual books, namely how each and every book of the Bible addresses some important contemporary African issues and problems, be they religious, moral, social or political. A careful reading of the introduction will instantly help the reader to see the relevance of that particular book and thus encourage him or her to read it with greater interest, understanding and expectation that its message will benefit one’s life and that of the community.” (+Paul Bakyenga, SSL, Archibishop of Mbarara).
African BIBLE Project
“Give wings to the Gospel” (Venerable Tecla Merlo).
We need your support to subsidize the African Bible. You can donate to subsidize as many copies as possible to enable families, individuals, catechists and seminarians afford a copy of the African Bible.
God bless you abundantly for your generous support.
Donations: Daughters of St Paul: First bank, a/c 3049040103.
Cheque: Daughters of St Paul
Paulines Book and Media Center, Kado-Kuchi, Abuja. Tel. +2348074795539, 08074795569.
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The Pauline Sisters often organise book displays and Bible Days in parishes, schools, seminaries, during workshops and seminars, and in many other places. This activity is in accord with the desire of Pope Francis, as expressed in Misericordia et Misera:
“It would be beneficial if every Christian community, on one Sunday of the liturgical year, could renew its efforts to make the Sacred Scriptures better known and more widely diffused. It would be a Sunday given over entirely to the word of God, so as to appreciate the inexhaustible riches contained in that constant dialogue between the Lord and his people. Creative initiatives can help make this an opportunity for the faithful to become living vessels for the transmission of God’s word. Initiatives of this sort would certainly include the practice of lectio divina, so that the prayerful reading of the sacred text will help support and strengthen the spiritual life. Such a reading, centred on themes relating to mercy, will enable a personal experience of the great fruitfulness of the biblical text – read in the light of the Church’s spiritual tradition – and thus give rise to concrete gestures and works of charity”.
Jesus, Divine Master,
I thank and bless your most generous Heart
for the great gift of the Gospel.
You said: “I was sent to evangelise the poor”.
Your words bring eternal life.
In the Gospel you revealed divine mysteries,
taught the way of God in truth, offered the means of salvation.
Grant me the grace to preserve your gospel with veneration,
listen it to and read it according to the spirit of the Church,
and promote it with the love with which you preached it.
May it be known, honoured and received by all.
May the world conform its life, laws, morals, and teachings to it.
May the fire brought by you upon the earth inflame,
enlighten and warm everyone.
(Blessed James Alberione)