Is the NSRV - Catholic Edition OK for Orthodox Christians?

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Re: The NRSV Catholic Edition- OK for Orthodox Christians?
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2012, 04:47:02 PM »
I don't think the NRSV translation is okay for anyone (really, horrible translation). Unfortunately, as this is the first I've heard of "go-anywhere" or "thinline" Bibles I cannot make a counter-recommendation. If you can find an RSV in this format, go for it.
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Re: The NRSV Catholic Edition- OK for Orthodox Christians?
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2012, 01:16:00 PM »
Fr. Hopko recommended the original RSV in his podcast, currently sold as the Ignatius Bible - RSV Ed.


He didn't like the the NRSV very much. If I recall correctly, it was due to some of the gender-inclusive language and such distorting the meaning of certain passages, as well as some other reasons.

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Re: The NRSV Catholic Edition- OK for Orthodox Christians?
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2012, 01:55:48 PM »
This was probably the best RSV (picked up one for $1 at a library sale):

There have been many adaptations of the RSV over the years.

[edit] Common BibleThe Common Bible of 1973 ordered the books in a way that pleased both Catholics and Protestants. It was divided into four sections:

The Old Testament (39 Books)
The Catholic Deuterocanonical Books (12 Books)
The additional Eastern Orthodox Deuterocanonical Books (three Books; six Books after 1977)
The New Testament (27 Books)
The non-deuterocanonicals gave the Common Bible a total of 81 books: it included 1 Esdras (also known as 3 Ezra), 2 Esdras (4 Ezra), and the Prayer of Manasseh, books that have appeared in the Vulgate's appendix since Jerome's time "lest they perish entirely", but are not considered canonical by Catholics and are thus not included in most modern Catholic Bibles. In 1977, the RSV Apocrypha was expanded to include 3 Maccabees, 4 Maccabees, and Psalm 151, three additional sections accepted in the Eastern Orthodox canon (4 Maccabees again forming an appendix in that tradition), although it still does not include additional books in the Syriac and Ethiopian canons. This action increased the Common Bible to 84 Books, making it the most comprehensive English bible translation to date in its inclusion of books not accepted by all denominations. The goal of the Common Bible was to help ecumenical relations between the churches.



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