Monday, January 10, 2011

New Revision to Catholic Bible

by Steve Ray on January 10, 2011

54227_largeAll Bibles are revised and updated. That’s why there is the King James and the NEW King James, the New American Standard and the New American Standard 1995 revision.

The Bishops are now releasing a revised New American Bible based on new studies, new development in the English language and more. I for one am happy about this. Here is the Zenit review:

Revised Bible Translation Coming Soon: Reflects Advances in Biblical Languages

WASHINGTON, D.C., JAN. 10, 2011 ( A revised translation of the New American Bible, which aims to be more accurate, will be released March 9.

The U.S. Catholic Bishops’ Conference announced the forthcoming publication of the New American Bible, Revised Edition (NABRE), which was approved last Sept. 30.

This revision, the most extensive in the past 20 years, reflects advances in linguistics of the biblical languages, new discoveries of ancient manuscripts, and changes in the English language.

The conference referenced Benedict XVI, who affirmed in “Verbum Domini” that “the inculturation of God’s word is an integral part of the Church’s mission in the world, and a decisive moment in this process is the diffusion of the Bible through the precious work of translation into different languages.”

The press release noted that this new edition “has attempted to be more consistent in rendering Hebrew (or Greek) words and idioms, especially in technical contexts, such as regulations for sacrifices.”

The Psalms were completely revised, and an effort was made to “provide a smooth, rhythmic translation for easy singing or recitation and to retain the concrete imagery of the Hebrew.”

The bishops approved the NABRE for private use and study, though they noted that it was not be used for the Mass, which uses an earlier version of the New American Bible translation.

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Catholic Answers Live – Questions I Answered

by Steve Ray on January 10, 2011

Today I was on Catholic Answers Live. The topic was “ARE YOU STILL SAVED?”

It was a rousing show with a lot of calls and heated (well, calmly heated) discussion. This topic is always bound to bring out the passion in people because it is such an important question and there are such divergent opinions on it.

The questions I answered are below. Here is the audio link. For other listening options, click here.

IMG_18551 – When Protestants claim “once saved, always saved” are they confusing salvation and redemption?

2 – My Protestant family member says that the Catholic Church does not recognize her salvation because it forbids her to partake in communion.

3 – Many Protestants also believe you can lose your salvation. Can you explain the difference? How do Catholics maintain their salvation?

4 – What do you make of the Bible verses in Romans that says “Nothing can separate you from the love of God”?

5 – How does a Catholic believe they get to heaven?

6 – How can you say you are saved by your works when the Bible says we are saved by grace?


God and Dog and my Weakness

by Steve Ray on January 10, 2011

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