The New American Bible (NAB) was first published in 1970. The New American Bible is one of three Catholic Bibles approved for use in the liturgy, and is the official translation of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The New American Bible is the most common Bible translation in the United States. The NAB is a good choice for those whose studies closely follow the Mass or who like a Catholic Bible that is easy to read for daily use. The NAB may also be a good choice when looking for a youth Bible. The New American Bible also makes a wonderful gift Bible for any occasion.
The current NAB Catholic Bible in print, the New American Bible Revised Edition (NAB-RE), includes the 1986 edition of the New Testament and a revised version of the Old Testament which was released in 2011. This work took over 20 years to be completed by nearly 100 theologians and scholars which included bishops, revisers, and editors. The New American Bible Revised Edition (NAB-RE) was sponsored by the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine. All current NAB Bibles contain this revised and updated text which has not yet been similarly updated in the Mass readings found in the current lectionaries and missals.