It is time now for me to get a new Bible. I have only the NAB that was given to me by the Roman Catholic Church (it is the version used by English-speaking Catholics in the USA) and my mother's old NIV Bible, which I have never used but keep because it was her most cherished personal possession.
I have been told that the only English translation that is officially sanctioned by the Coptic Orthodox Church is the NKJV. Is this true? How are the "apocryphal" books handled, then? Are they included in the NKJV somewhere? I had been told that they are not, but I don't own it, so I don't know.
If this is true, I will buy one as soon as I can. But it also confuses me, because so many Coptic Orthodox websites I have seen also sell the "Orthodox Study Bible". Is this also acceptable? Is one preferred over the other?
Also, I have been told by some EO friends that the Orthodox Study Bible has some problems, mostly in the footnotes that are in some places a little questionable. I don't know why that is, but those who don't like it have recommended to me the RSV ("Common Bible" with apocrypha, published by Collins). Do any of you have experience with the RSV? Is it acceptable? Would it be acceptable or helpful to perhaps buy a few Bibles -- the NKJV (as it is in common use), and perhaps also the RSV or OSB for comparative or other purposes?
Finally, what do I do with the old NAB that was given to me by the RCC? I don't really want to keep it, as I've never liked it to begin with (no, not even when I was RC), but I don't know what to do with it. Do I give to charity? Do I keep it anyway even though it is not reliable or helpful to me?
Thank you and God bless you for any help. Please pray for me, a sinner.