Testimonial(s) regarding this book...
May 15, 2013
To own this facsimilied set of the Douay Rheims is an honor; I'm proud of this particular english translation because , for some reason, it literally feels holier than the numerous translations out there. Per the physical attributes of the set, the hardcover binding is sturdy and very well made, the entire set is heavy but it's worth the heft due to the letter-sized pages, which are standard 20 lb. pages, not the flimsy sheets usu. found in bibles. B.Y. from Chicago, IL
If I were a demon, I wouldn't want Catholics (or anybody for that matter) reading this translation since it just feels like that much of a weapon against evil, which is what every Bible should be. God bless always
February 22, 2013
Wanted to let you know I received my five Douay-Rheims Bibles. I have started reading the
Old Testament and I'm really enjoying reading it. Before ordering these bibles from you
several people had told me they thought these Bibles would be too difficult to read since they were originally written in Old English. I have to say this is definitely not true. After getting used to
the Old English style, which really is not that difficult to do, these bibles are very understandable.
Further, the Bibles are beautifully printed. A blessing to read. Thank you so much for bringing the true and original Douay-Rheims Bibles back to us. I feel in some ways that God directed me to
your website to find these treasures. Thank you also for your fantastic customer service.
Your replies to my questions we're always quick and detailed. I really appreciated this.
May God bless you and your work.B.T. from Keller, TX
May 26, 2011
Ave,K.H. from Aurora, IL
First, thank you for making this Bible available. The CD arrived only a couple of days after I placed my order, and the 5 volumes of the Bible arrived in less than a week. Great service. I am sorry I didn't contact you sooner but I have been too busy enjoying my new Bible. Thanks again and keep up the great work.
October 27, 2010
If it's given any thought at all by English-speaking Catholics, the original Douay Rheims is usually dismissed as being unreadable. After spending several weeks with it, I can confirm this reputation is undeserved. On the contrary, I find the translation clear and precise; it benefits greatly by tracking so closely to the Latin of the Vulgate. I prefer this translation to Bishop Challoner's mislabeled "revision", which takes as much from the King James as from the original DR, and ends up being less aesthetically pleasing than either.
Regarding this particular facsimile, it is excellent. The print is large and easy to read. The orthography is initially strange, but it did not take me long to become accustomed to it. However, the marginal notes and end-of-chapter annotations are in small print -- even in this oversize format -- and can be difficult to read. Having said that, they are very much worth the effort needed to decipher them. Written during the Counter-Reformation in response to Protestant heresies, it is a mistake to think these notes have lost any relevance with the passage of time. On several occasions already the notes have shed light on passages that have puzzled me for years.
In sum, the original DR is the best English version of The Holy Bible I have yet encountered. It is a shame that it has languished in obscurity for almost four centuries. I would very much like to see this reprinted by an established publisher, with updated orthography but otherwise unchanged (and with the notes intact). Until that day arrives, this facsimile edition comes highly recommended.RH from Calgary, Alberta, Canada
November 04, 2009
Maximus,T.H. from Florence, MS
Here is my quite tardy testimonial. Mea culpa. I am enjoying the D-R Bible quite a bit, and am incorporating it into my daily reading and worship quickly. Thanks again.
"When one hears the words "facsimile edition", one immediately thinks of nearly unreadable Shakespearean folios or a set of Paradise Lost. This edition of the Douay-Rheims Bible has none of these flaws. There are a few fuzzy spots and glitches, but this is head and shoulders the best facsimile edition I've ever seen of any book of antiquity. Also, the publisher has done the Catholic Church a huge favor by bringing the D-R back into print. At last, one can read the original Catholic Bible as it was translated into English from the Vulgate. Any serious student of the Bible, or any Catholic interested in the true English translation owes it to himself or herself to get and read this bible.
January 04, 2009
(This comment is referring to the CD ROM only)
I’ve been enjoying the CD very much. Once one gets into the groove of reading that font, etc., the reading flows effortlessly. And it doesn’t take all that long to get accustomed to it. I was reading their notes for St. Thomas of Canterbury today and learned a lot from them.
(After his printed edition arrived, W.A. made this comment)
The Douay Rheims arrived last Tuesday, the 20th, and I have been enjoying it ever since. They are indeed beautiful. The study notes alone are worth the price of the volumes. I have been using them in my daily devotions. The print is clear and legible, the binding strong. Best of all from a practical standpoint, the division into five volumes makes reading and studying very manageable because no volume is too bulky or awkward to hold. Thank you so much for reprinting them.
W.A. from Grove City, PA