Since its publication in 1990, the Catholic Study Bible has been widely accepted for use by advanced students that have benefited from its wealth of background information on the historical, literary, and theological dimensions of the Bible. Now this landmark resource for Catholics has been significantly upgraded. The study notes have been completely rewritten, there are new and expanded essays (including ones treating Catholic traditions of biblical interpretation) and sidebars on special topics in the study materials and biblical text. The heart of the CSB's ancillary materials is an extensive Reading Guide that leads the reader through the Scriptures, book-by-book. Helpful marginal references in the biblical text point to specific pages in the Reading Guide, easing the retrieval of important background information. Also included are the complete lectionary readings (for Sundays, major holy days, and weekdays), 36 pages of authoritative, full color New Oxford Bible Maps (with index), and a 96-page New American Bible Concordance. The Catholic Study Bible, second edition remains the unexcelled resource for use in parish and higher education settings.