Catholic translations are better than most when it comes to reading scripture aloud, an essential quality where lectionary texts form an important focus in the church service. And of course this is the way they were originally intended to be heard, given widespread illiteracy in the ancient world. Here the NCB makes a strong showing, though perhaps not with the power of either the Jerusalem Bible or New Jerusalem Bible. The NCB, as all Catholic bibles do, includes the deuterocanonical books, which are also becoming increasingly common in non-Catholic bibles, and were clearly influential in the formative years of the church. More importantly, though it carries its own agendas, it is sound in its scholarship, and includes introductions to each of the books that are in tune with the current consensus about their authorship and origins, a task on which evangelical versions often prevaricate, or even mislead.
One significant change in this major revision of Hurault's work is the substitution of "the LORD" for Yahweh. This seems a backward step given the associations Lord has with male gender and hierarchic thinking. The reason lies in a 2008 Vatican directive that declared Yahweh unacceptable in Catholic prayer and music, citing sensitivity to Jewish scruples over the name of God. Another emphasis in this translation, particularly in the footnotes, is an open approach to readers whose background in is other world religions, clearly a significant matter on the Indian sub-continent. The notes to Matthew 6, for example, mention Hindu and Muslim fasting practices, Gandhi and parallels in the Bhagavadgita.
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Here's Psalm 1 in the NCB.
The Two Ways
How blessed is the oneOverall the NCB makes a valuable addition to the range of English translations available with its developing world perspective and a concern to communicate respectfully with non-Christians. Non-Catholic Christians may also find it intriguing. It would be a shame though to see Hurault's CCB disappear.
who does not follow the counsel of the wicked,
nor takes the way that sinners take,
nor sits where the scoffers sit;
instead, he finds delight in the law of the LORD
and meditates day and night on his law.
He is like a tree planted beside a brook
yielding its fruit in due season,
and its leaves never withering.
In all he does, he succeeds.
But it is different with the wicked, quite different,
they are like chaff driven away by the wind.
The wicked will not stand their ground when judgement comes,
nor will sinners be admitted into the assembly of the just.
Fot the LORD guards the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.
I would sure love to buy this Bible. Does anyone know if this is possible? I live in Canada.ReplyDelete
The New Community Bible [NCB] is highly controversial in India. It has been described as a "New Age" bible and a "Hindu-ised" bible. When it was introduced in 2008, there was a Catholic outcry against its commentaries and drawings. It was withdrawn by the Bishops' Conference of India and a "Revised" edition was brought out in 2011. The revised edition is not much less syncretized than the first. Its commentaries smack of relativism and religious pluralism.ReplyDelete
It is not clear from Gavin's analysis whether the Australian edition is the withdrawn Indian edition or the "revised" one as in both cases Matthew 6 has the same references to Gandhi as well as the Bhagavad Gita. One wonders if the unsold Indian copies were shipped off to Australia to be off-loaded on the unsuspecting Catholic public. The Australian edition cover is different from both of the Indian editions.
Maybe someone can get back to me with the details of the year of publication and the names of the bishops who gave the Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur. The 2011 revised edition does NOT have a Nihil Obstat.
18 Catholic criticisms of the NCB may be read at www.ephesians-511.net.
Michael Prabhu email@example.com
Catholic apologist INDIA March 7, 2013
I have just bought this Bible..had my suspicions about it..can u recommend a good Catholic BibleDelete
Both the NCB and the CCB are available at http://www.stpauls.us/ for about $20 and are also on the Australian site at http://www.stpauls.com.au/. I love the CCB and look forward to the NCB I just ordered. Having references to link cultures and other religions only helps expand the fruit of God's Spirit through the Church - the one God of Grace who give to all without partiality.ReplyDelete
The copyright dates in the Australian edition are 2011 and 2012. The imprimatur is given by:ReplyDelete
Most Rev Albert D'Souza
Most Rev Joseph Kallarangatt
Most Rev George Punnakottil
Most Rev Abraham Mar Julios
Most Rev Thomas Dabre
There is mention of Hindu scriptures in the comments on the Lord's Prayer in Matthew chapter six.
On the whole the bible appears to be well translated. I am not sure what is so objectionable about a footnote mentioning Hindu scripture if Saint Paul felt free to quote pagan Greek Poets in his sermon in Athens (See Acts 17).
Yes it's a great translation and has a way of speaking to you.ReplyDelete