I received this question:

I want to buy my daughter a Latin Bible.  We are not Catholic, so I don’t have any experience with the different versions. If you do, would you recommend the Clementine or Jerome translation?

What about a French Bible?

If we want to use them as study aids for the language, would you recommend a side-by-side translation, or a single language edition?

Thank you,

PS my daughter is enjoying your class archives for Lingua Latina.  


Here is my reply:

Glad to hear you are enjoying the Lingua Latina classes!

As for a Latin Bible… I always recommend you start with free.  The only free versions are digital versions online, naturally.

Here you will find a dramatized audio version (My favorite.  I use this daily): http://www.bible.is/LTNNVV/Matt/1

Here is another free online version: https://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Biblia-Sacra-Vulgata-VULGATE/#booklist

And another: http://vulgate.org/

This one is fascinating, but difficult to use.  It is a side by side English/Latin/Greek/Hebrew version: http://www.sacred-texts.com/bib/poly/

If you want a physical copy, any of the versions on this page will do (they get expensive, though):  https://amzn.to/2sbGRD6

As for the French Bible, again, there is a free one online here: https://live.bible.is/bible/FRNTLS/MAT/1 

Here is a French English side by side Bible that looks good for a good price: https://amzn.to/2KLJ1j8 

As for using the Bible to reinforce what you are learning…. this is my favorite way to study languages.  I do it all the time and highly recommend it!

Hope this helps!