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?
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!