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Catholic Comparative New Testament

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Catalog Code: 97801952829936-3-DIS

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The Catholic Comparative New Testament

New American Bible · Revised Standard Version · New Revised Standard Version · Jerusalem Bible · New Jerusalem Bible · Christian Community Bible · Douay-Rheims · Good News Translation


The history of Bible translation within the Catholic Church is characterized by a rich tradition of rendering the Scriptures into the language of the faith community. The CCNT features eight complete Catholic New Testaments that show the full range of expression for this central text of study, worship, prayer, and contemplation. A wide spectrum of people - including new and experienced Bible readers, homilists, and teachers - will gain from having this resource on their bookshelves. The Douay-Rheims, RSVCB, NRSVCB, and NAB are called formal equivalent translations (popularly referred to as "word-for-word" translations). This means that scholars rendered the New Testament's original language into English that is as close as possible to its original wording. The result is a translation that is particularly valuable for careful analysis of the text. Meanwhile, the JB, GNB, NJB, and Christian Community Bible represent the "thought-for-thought" school of Bible translation (technically described as dynamic or functional equivalent). This method places the priority on the intended meaning of the original vocabulary, adapting it to English syntax and grammar. Such a translation tends to be easier to read and understand. The texts are conveniently displayed on facing pages (four translations per page), with the same set of verses on each one. The order in which the translations appear on the pages demonstrates a progression in translation philosophy from formal to functional equivalency.

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Review Provided By - THE Catholic Book Review Site

This item received 5 stars overall. A must-have resource for Bible study

The Catholic Comparative New Testament  by Oxford University Press is a great resource for any Catholic studying the Bible.  Jeff Cavins and Tim Grey recommend using an RSV or New American Bible for the Great Adventure series, but this Bible will allow you to follow along regardless of which translation is being read in your group.  It contains the Catholic translations that have been approved for use by the USCCB as well as other versions that people might be reading.  The nice thing is that you will be able to see (side-by-side) the differences between these translations.

The eight translations included in this Bible are:

Douay-Rheims: A traditional translation based on the Latin Vulgate.  It was translated by Gregory Martin, St. Edmund Campion and others in the 1580s.  It contains poetic language and the thee's and thou's common to the King James Version.

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