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    New Bible, Tax Free

    Bought a new Bible today.

    As background, I've been reading the Anchor Yale version of Genesis with commentary which is essentially a study Bible and found the notes and commentary invaluable in better understanding the book. I already have other versions but not study Bibles.

    My favorite preacher Pastor Melissa Scott, Ph.D. was online using a New International (NIV) version alongside her usual King James Version (KJV). The NIV Study Bible, Fully Revised Edition came highly recommended.

    The other important criteria was readability. Reviews indicated the NIV used a good 9-point font and minimized bleed through but I had to go see and touch. So I found and drove to a bookstore with a copy in store. Everything checked out satisfactory.

    Now for tax free.

    On checkout, the lady tried to strike up a friendly conversation while I tend in such situations to be fairly taciturn.

    "Ah," she said, "some homework."
    "Uh, yeah."
    "The good kind."
    "Yes."
    She keyed in something at the register and explained, "No tax on Bibles. Some law, state or federal."
    "Ah, good!"
    "Render unto Ceasar and all."
    "Yep."
    "Thank you."
    "Thank you very much."

    So I was surprised, didn't know that, no tax.

    Seems to be a Texas exemption. A handful of other states too.

    But back in 1989 "The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that a Texas law exempting the Bible and other religious publications from sales tax violates the First Amendment." TAX BREAK FOR RELIGIOUS BOOKS VOIDED. Think that was Texas Monthly Inc. v. Bullock.

    Well, my receipt shows no tax.

    Am I an outlaw!? Am I complicit!?
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    We dont tax churches so why tax the materials. And we give many of them money if they have a school. I would almost say dont even tax children's books. I rarely buy books now unless the library cannot get it for me. BUT I love bookstores. Before my surgery I took the girl child about once a month to Barnes and Nobles. And a new one is coming to our locality soon. I was shocked. I thought they were closing them.

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    Chris, you may want to peruse the Catholic and Orthodox Bible as well. It has 7 books the Protestant versions do not have. They are Baruch, Sirach, Wisdom, Tobit, Maccabees (2 books) and Judith.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister D View Post
    Chris, you may want to peruse the Catholic and Orthodox Bible as well. It has 7 books the Protestant versions do not have. They are Baruch, Sirach, Wisdom, Tobit, Maccabees (2 books) and Judith.
    I inherited my parents' Catholic Bible, probably purchased around 1950. Another set of choices. Recommend a Catholic Study Bible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris View Post
    I inherited my parents' Catholic Bible, probably purchased around 1950. Another set of choices. Recommend a Catholic Study Bible.
    My mom gave me her Catholic Bible and it has a ton of notes. Does that qualify as a study Bible? I'm not sure I've ever used one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister D View Post
    My mom gave me her Catholic Bible and it has a ton of notes. Does that qualify as a study Bible? I'm not sure I've ever used one.
    Maybe. The notes in the Anchor Yale Bible mainly concern translation. The commentary looks at the different authors, their styles, and their sources, and makes a lot of comparisons with various Mesopotamian religious/legal practices. It's interfaith and doesn't delve into theology.

    I have a Torah that has just notes, mainly on translation and meaning of words.
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    After a bit of research, I find these two Catholic Studies Bibles.

    The Catholic Study Bible 3rd Edition. Based on NABRE translation. Some 2500 pages with notes, concordance, cross-reference, maps and pictures, and extensive commentary--extensive meaning an introductory set of articles of some 500 pages. Only 8 point font, 7 point for notes.

    Ignatius Catholic Study Bible: New Testament. RSV translation--more literal. Some 700 pages with notes, concordance, cross-reference, and extensive commentary. 9 point font. But note, only the New Testament; another 18 Ignatius books cover at least some of the Old Testament.

    So the first seems to suit me better.

    My plan is to read the Old Testament one chapter a day. I recently read the New Testament that way. Reading notes and commentary will add to time spent. I could try reading both the NIV and the NABRE in parallel but with two sets of notes and commentary that might be a bit much. Need to think about this...
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    Texas has no sales tax on newspapers or groceries either, except for junk food and soft drinks and the like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck View Post
    Texas has no sales tax on newspapers or groceries either, except for junk food and soft drinks and the like.
    I didn't know that. So all the taxes on groceries are local city taxes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris View Post
    I didn't know that. So all the taxes on groceries are local city taxes.

    No city or local sales taxes allowed either on most grocery foods and newspapers.

    https://comptroller.texas.gov/taxes/...ons/96-280.php

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