Sunday, March 6, 2011

USCCB announces "NABRE"

The USCCB website now has an announcement for the release of the New American Bible Revised Edition (NABRE). The revision of the NAB is the end of a long and arduous translation process, yet I do not believe that it will replace the translation in Lectionary for Mass. We have been told that we shouldn't expect a revision of the Lectionary for another 10 years.

The news release on the USCCB website is a few days early and has been marketed with the tagline "Love Your NABRE". Here is the release, followed by a very pertinent video commentary:

Released on March 9, 2011, the New American Bible, Revised Edition (NABRE) is the culmination of nearly 20 years of work by a group of nearly 100 scholars and theologians, including bishops, revisers and editors. The NABRE includes a newly revised translation of the entire Old Testament (including the Book of Psalms) along with the 1986 edition of the New Testament.

The NABRE is a formal equivalent translation of Sacred Scripture, sponsored by the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, using the best manuscripts available. Work on most books of the Old Testament by forty revisers and a board of eight editors began in 1994 and was completed in 2001. The 1991 revision of the Psalter, the work of thirty revisers and six editors, was further revised by seven revisers and two editors between 2009 and 2010. Work on the New Testament, begun in 1978 and completed in 1986, was the work of thirteen revisers and five editors.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops does not sell Bibles. The publishers listed below are licensed to publish the NABRE. Various editions will be available soon in Catholic bookstores and from online book retailers.