You already know about the New American Bible Revised Edition – the new Bible translation officially commissioned by the U.S. bishops’ conference. The first copies appeared, hot of the press, this past Ash Wednesday.
The New Testament of the NABRE is still the (high quality, in my view) translation issued back in 1986. It was successfully argued, with the support of Bishop Serratelli, that Liturgiam authenticam does not apply to translations of the Bible, and so no revision of 1986 was necessary. It is the Old Testament which is completely revised from the 1970 version, based of course on the many advances in Scripture studies in the past 40 years.
I wanted to see a NABRE asap and went right to Amazon. Oddly, only Saint Benedict Press had a copy for sale. Mine came in the mail last week. And I kept it for exactly one day before mailing it right back. No scholarly essays such as in my 1986 paperback bible from Catholic Bible Press / Thomas Nelson. Only a two-page ultramontanist defense of the papacy – never mind Vatican II or ecumenism – followed by a list of all the popes, which is fine. And then the biblical text itself, including the brief official introductions to each section and each book by the translation team. Here’s the deal breaker: Saint Benedict Press prints the words of Our Lord are in red! Just like the Protestant fundamentalists. Just what you need if you think everything attributed to Jesus in the canonical Gospels was said by him – as the Catholic Church does not quite teach.
I’ve registered my complaint with the USCCB. I vote for a policy prohibiting publishers from putting Jesus’ words in red. (When I’m pope…)
The other publishers are on the way. Oxford will be out within a month or two. Catholic Book Publishing is coming – but they seem to be hiding any info quite well at their impenetrable website. Thomas Nelson is no longer publishing Catholic bibles – a casualty of downsizing there. Liturgical Press will be using NABRE in their forthcoming Little Rock Catholic Study Bible – paperback or hardcover. Highly recommended. (I get no commission…)
From the USCCB website:
Releasing in March 2011:
Catholic Book Publishing: gift editions
Saint Benedict’s Press: ultra-soft and paperback
Fireside: Fireside Catholic Youth Bible NEXT
OSV: Prove It! Catholic Bible and New Catholic Answer Bible
Oxford University Press: Compact editions and Large Print editionsLater releases:
Soul-Centered enterprises: flash-drive computer version
American Bible Society: soft cover (July 2011)
Liturgical Press: Little Rock Study Bible (June 2011)
Autom: soft cover (June 2011)
Royal: handheld electronic Bible (May 2011)
Saint Mary’s Press (2012)
Our Sunday Visitor: My Daily Catholic Bible (date TBA)
DeVore: Kindle and e-book editions and family editions (date TBA)
Catholic Book Publishing: additional editions (throughout 2011)
JustWord: iApp (May 2011)