Broken Bay Bible Offer

Through the generosity of Fr Harry Davis’ estate, the Diocese of Broken Bay is able to offer parishioners of the Diocese a selection of bibles at an affordable price, starting from $14. 


To purchase any of the bibles below, please contact the Office for Evangelisation on 8379 1627 or


The NRSV Catholic Gift Bible

This Gift Bible contains presentation pages for dedication and recording family history; 16 pages of bible maps; an introduction to Catholic spiritual life; an introduction to every book of the bible; and a church history timeline.

It comes in a black or white leather-like binding.


Your Young Christian’s First Bible

This hardcover Bible uses the Contemporary English Version which is a proper translation of the whole Bible for children. It means that children of primary school age are able to read all the stories of the Bible themselves.

The Bible contains 34 pages of full colour illustrations, as well as maps, a chronology of the bible and a mini-dictionary.

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The Catholic Study Bible 3rd Edition

This Catholic Study Bible in the New American Bible Revised Edition translation provides study notes, expanded essays and informational sidebars. An extensive reading guide leads the reader through the Scriptures, book by book and contains extensive biblical background, including history and archaeology.

Perfect for use by experienced bible readers and first-time readers.

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The Lion Read & Know Bible

This Bible is appealing and accessible to young readers. More than fifty stories are retold in simple language and there are thirty fun and informative double-page features that bring to life the cultural context of the Bible. The educational features cover subjects like people, places, landscapes, creatures, traditions, and worship to help young learners discover the life behind the stories. Illustrations on every page create a lively and engaging atmosphere.

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The Catholic Children's Bible

This complete Bible inspires and empowers children to read, understand, and love the Word of God, in a revised edition. With new, easy-to-follow Reading Plans and colorful stickers, the stories of our Catholic faith come alive with vivid, awe-inspiring artwork, larger text, and design features that not only enhance comprehension but create enjoyment.



Selecting a Bible

Home-Page-Widget-Bible-in-skyThe Catholic canon (or list of books) contains 46 Old Testament books, which is 7 more than those accepted by many other Christians. These books are known as the Deuterocanonical books (or 2nd canon). They are also referred to as ‘apocrypha’ which means ‘hidden’. 
These books are Tobit, Judith, Baruch, Ecclesiasticus (or Sirach), Wisdom, 1 Maccabees, 2 Maccabees, as well as additional sections to the books of Esther and Daniel.

The number of books in the New Testament is 27, which is the same in all Bibles.

Bibles will indicate whether Deuterocanonical / apocrypha books are included, or will simply say “Catholic edition” or “Catholic Bible”.

Bible Translations

A second concern when selecting a Bible is which translation to buy. Translations vary in the difficulty of language used (for example, for children or adults), as well as in the methodology used to translate the text (for example, a more strictly word-for-word translation or a looser translation to try to better capture the sense of the text for today’s audience).

Another consideration is whether the text has been anglicised, eg “baptised” instead of “baptized”.

Please note that the version of the text currently used in the Liturgy of the Word at Mass in Australia is the Jerusalem Bible translation.

Some suitable Bible translations which can be found with the additional Catholic books are:

  • New Revised Standard Version (NRSV): A commonly used and highly regarded translation. Also: Revised Standard Version (RSV)
  • Jerusalem Bible / New Jerusalem Bible: A commonly used Catholic translation.
  • Good News Translation (Today’s English Version): Uses simpler language, and is a looser translation.
  • Contemporary English Version: Uses simpler language suitable for children.