Holy Bible

Christ Enthroned, The Book of Kells, Ireland, c. 800

Christ Enthroned, The Book of Kells, Ireland, c. 800

The Douay-Rheims Bible 

Pope Saint Damasus I (c.305-384) assembled the first list of books of the Bible at the Roman Council in 382 A.D. He commissioned St. Jerome (c.347-420) to translate the original Greek and Hebrew texts into Latin, which became known as the Latin Vulgate Bible.

St. Jerome knew Latin and Greek perfectly. He was 1500 years closer to the original languages than any scholar today, making him a better judge of the exact meaning of any Greek or Hebrew word in the Scriptures. St Jerome had access to ancient Hebrew and Greek manuscripts of the 2nd and 3rd centuries which have since perished and are no longer available to scholars today. St. Jerome's translation was a careful, word-for-word rendering of the original texts into Latin.

The Vulgate Bible was used in the Church for over 1,000 years, and in 1546 was declared by the Church at the Council of Trent to be the authentic and official version of the Bible. It is considered to be free from moral and theological error.

The Douay-Rheims Bible is the first English translation of the Vulgate. The New Testament was first published by the English College at Rheims in 1582 A.D.  The Old Testament was first published by the English College at Douay in 1609 A.D.  The first King James Version was not published until 1611. 


The whole Douay-Rheims Bible was revised and diligently compared with the Latin Vulgate by Bishop Richard Challoner (1691-1781) in 1749-1752 A.D.  The notes included in the text (in italics) were written by Bishop Challoner. 

The Douay-Rheims Bible became the standard Catholic Bible in English until the mid-20th century, and it remains the preferred Bible for traditional Catholics. It is a scrupulously faithful translation into English of the Latin Vulgate Bible and it is free from the ideological tampering of many modern translations.

A number of beautifully printed and bound copies of the Douay-Rheims Bible can be bought today, and there are numerous pdf and other electronic copies of the Bible printed over the last 150 years available for download on the internet.

A good clear pdf scan of the whole Douay-Rheims Bible, a 1914 edition, can be downloaded from archive.org at this link. This Version is 1,432 pages (100.6 MB).

The New Testament from this Douay-Rheims Bible 1914 edition has been extracted as a separate pdf (24 MB) and may be downloaded directly from this website on this page.

The Douay-Rheims Bible Online

The Douay-Rheims Bible and the Latin Vulgate Bible, including both versions together for each verse: https://www.drbo.org/drl/index.htm.

The Douay-Rheims Bible, the Latin Vulgate Bible and the Monsignor Ronald Knox (1888-1957) translation of the Bible, including the three versions side by side:  https://catholicbible.online/.

The Douay-Rheims Bible, Project Gutenberg, including an online read version, and downloadable epub, kindle and plain text versions: 


New Prints of the Douay-Rheims Bible

These Bibles are available from many Catholic and Christian bookshops in the English speaking world, and from online sellers such as Amazon.

Saint Benedict Press, Douay-Rheims Bible, black leather, gold edges, ribbon, the Words of Christ in red. Also burgundy leather-soft cover and paperback versions.

St Benedict Press Douay-Rheims Bible

Baronius Press, Douay-Rheims Bible, leather bound,  gold edges and ribbons. Available in black, burgundy and white, and in three sizes.

Baronius Press, Douay-Rheims Bible

Loreto Publications, Douay-Rheims Bible, hardbound sewn binding, bonded black leather cover, gold embossed title, gold and red satin ribbons. Loreto Publications also print versions with the Vulgate Latin and Douay-Rheims translation side by side.

Loreto Publications, Douay-Rheims Bible

Loreto Publications, Douay-Rheims Bible with a comprehensive Catholic commentary and an illustrated Catholic Bible Dictionary and History of the Books of Holy Scripture reproduced from the 1859 edition of Fr. George  Haydock, whose explanations and commentary take up about one-half to two-thirds of each page. The commentary is drawn largely from the Fathers and Doctors of the Church. 

Loreto Publications, Douay-Rheims Haydock Bible

Tan Books, Douay-Rheims Bible, leatherette with large print and the Words of Christ in red. 

Tan Books Douay-Rheims Bible

Saint Jerome in his study, with the lion, Antwerp School, c. 1610-1630

Saint Jerome in his study, with the lion, Antwerp School, c. 1610-1630

Immaculate Queen of Peace, pray for us.

Immaculata Regina Pacis, ora pro nobis.