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, Revised Standard Version, New Revised Standard Version, and New American Bible are called formally 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 Jerusalem Bible, Good News Bible, New Jerusalem Bible, 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.
* New readers of the Bible will find answers to their search for an entry point to the confusing choices of Bible translations available today.
* People familiar with any of these version will gain further insights by comparing translations new to them with those they have already studied.
* Teachers will help their students discover new texts that will provoke their interest.
* Homilists will find new renderings of familiar texts that deliver fresh insights to listeners as the Word of God is broken open in worship.
* Lay persons with a hunger to read the Scriptures will find how the thoughts and stories of the New Testament writers come alive in the different versions, leading to the deeper meaning and clearer understanding.