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The CPDV is in the process of being translated; the estimated date of completion is early It is not merely an update of the Douay-Rheims. It has perhaps as many differences from the Douay-Rheims, as it has similarities to it.

The CPDV draws on the eloquence and insight of the Challoner Douay-Rheims, so that this new version can present to the English reader both freshness and familiarity. A new edition of the Clementine Vulgate, edited by M.

Tweedale, but available as a work in progress in was very helpful.

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The Tweedale edition, which is in electronic form, was compared with the printed text of the Hetzenauer, in order to make an online version of the Hetzenauer edition, which itself was then used by the translator to make a new edition of the Clementine Vulgate in progress: The Neo-Vulgate Nova Vulgata was occasionally consulted as an additional point of reference for the Latin text, but it was not used as a source text.

The Clementine Latin Vulgate Bible was chosen as the source text for a number of reasons. First, the Sixtus V and Clement VIII editions were based on the scholarly study of literally thousands of manuscripts from the Latin Scriptural tradition, some quite ancient.

The Sixtus V and Clement VIII editions of the Vulgate draw upon centuries of scholarship and tradition, which find their roots not only in the Biblical work of Saint Jerome, but also in the Latin texts used from the earliest days of the Christian Church. Second, the fullness of truth found in Sacred Scripture is best expressed by maintaining separate, even if disparate, Scriptural traditions. No one version or language can encompass all the fullness of meaning found in written Divine Revelation.

The Clementine Vulgate maintains an important separate Scriptural tradition of the Latin texts, independent of the Hebrew and Greek texts. Unfortunately, most modern versions of the Bible rely mainly on the Hebrew and Greek texts, to such an extent that separate Scriptural traditions are being eroded. This attempt to merge all extant Biblical texts into one definitive version is a common, well-intentioned, but very misguided approach to Bible translation.

No one translation can be definitive in every chapter and verse, and no one translation can comprehend and explicitly express every truth found in written Divine Revelation. Nor should any translation attempt to do so. Each translation should attempt to accurately express one or more source texts, while still maintaining and continuing the separate Scriptural traditions that have been handed down to us since ancient times. Third, the Clementine Vulgate has undergone centuries of scholarship and critical review.

The members of the Church have prayed and meditated from the Latin texts from the Clementine Vulgate for several centuries. Some other source texts have not undergone this essential use and review by the faithful.

The faithful have also long used translations that are based on or influenced by the Clementine Vulgate. For these reasons, the Clementine Latin Vulgate version of the Bible makes an excellent source text for a new translation of the Bible into modern English.

The Challoner revision clearly used a text nearly identical to the Clementine Vulgate. Biible original Douay-Rheims version also seems to have relied on a text close to the Clementine Vulgate text.

Since the Challoner Douay-Rheims version was used as a guide in this translation, it was only reasonable to use the same source text used by Challoner et al.

Fifth, the Neo-Vulgate Nova Vulgatawhich is currently the official Latin text chosen by the Vatican, is not an acceptable cppdv text. It is, itself, both a loose translation into Latin from Hebrew and Greek source texts, and a loose paraphrase of Latin source texts.

It is not a representation or continuation of the Latin Scriptural tradition. The Neo-Vulgate is an acceptable paraphrase version for use by the faithful, just as there are many Bible versions that loosely translate the Hebrew and Greek manuscripts into various languages.

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But the Neo-Vulgate itself is biblee useful as a source text, because it is more a paraphrase of the Hebrew, Greek, and Latin texts, and less a continuation of the Latin texts used by the Church from the beginning. Paraphrase translations in any language are acceptable for end-use, but not as cpev basis for a new translation. The Douay-Rheims xpdv, particularly the Challoner revision, has been well-accepted in the Catholic Church for a long time.

It remains, even today, one of the better English language versions of the Bible. Using the Challoner Douay-Rheims version as an English guide text has distinct advantages over a translation done from the Latin without a guide. A one-person translation has both advantages and disadvantages.

One of the possible disadvantages is that the translation might become too eclectic, or too far from the general understanding of Scripture found in the rest of the Church. The use of the well-received and long-accepted Douay-Rheims version prevents this one-person translation, the CPDV, from straying too far from the path.

One can only expect bjble much eloquence and insight from any one person. The use of the Challoner Douay-Rheims allowed this bibble to achieve a much more eloquent and insightful translation text than would otherwise have been possible.

The use of the Challoner version as a guide text allowed the translation process to proceed at a faster pace than would otherwise be practical.

The estimated time required for the entire translation process is about 5 years. Some reference was made, on occasion, to Tyndale, to the King James Version, as well as to some of the more modern Protestant translations of the Bible. Most of the many English language versions of the Bible available today are Protestant versions. These translations tend to reflect a Protestant theology, in opposition to Catholic theology. This specifically Roman Catholic translation makes the Roman Catholic understanding of the text more easily accessible to the Catholic reader.

Some Catholic versions of the Bible, such as the Douay-Rheims version, are good translations, but they are difficult to understand because the English language has changed through bib,e centuries. Even a translation like the Revised Standard Version is showing its age in terms of the English language.

However, that document was never intended to cause the near total abandonment of the Latin Vulgate seen among Bible translators today. In fact, that encyclical reiterated the authoritative declaration of the Council of Trent, giving cpev Latin texts a special cpxv in the Scriptural life of the Church.

The CPDV attempts to continue this separate Latin Scriptural tradition, without in any way detracting from other essential Scriptural traditions based on Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic, and other languages.

Certainly, these separate Scriptural traditions can and should inform one another, but they should not be merged or averaged into one supposedly definitive version of the Boble, as if there could ever bjble only one Bible version: Inclusive or gender-neutral language deliberately alters or obscures the gender denoted by various words or phrases in the source text, so that the translation text has a clearly different meaning. Vatican norms for Bible translation reject this inclusive language approach.

The CPDV rejects inclusive language, instead translating each noun that refers to human persons in accordance with the gender pcdv number of the source text. Some scholars do not think that the Old Testament should be translated or interpreted in the light of the New Testament, or even that the whole Bible should be translated or bibe in the light of Faith.

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The CPDV is intended to be used in study, personal prayer and reflection, Scriptural interpretation and commentary, as well as in liturgical services. One advantage of a public domain version is that the text can be continually updated and bbible. Another advantage is that even small publishing houses can publish a Catholic version of the Bible, without permissions cpdvv royalty payments. Another advantage is that this version can be freely distributed in electronic form, since it is free from copyright restrictions.

Another advantage is that it can become the basis for numerous additional versions of the Bible, through translation into other languages, or through the updating and revision of this version. The Bible should always be free from copyright and other restrictions.

One should not need cppdv to quote from a particular version of the Bible. Literal versus Paraphrase Translations of the Bible can generally be placed cppdv along a continuum from a stricter, more literal translation to a looser, more paraphrased translation.

A literal or formal equivalency translation tries to provide a translation fpdv e. English that is as similar as possible to the source text e. Latin, or Hebrew, or Greek, or Aramaic.


Taking this approach to an extreme would result in an English hible that would be nearly incomprehensible; such a translation would then cease to retain the charism of infallibility generally found in any Bible.

Most literal translations are fairly literal, but not extremely literal. An ideal literal translation will be an accurate gible eloquent representation of the source text, not only in its meaning, but also in the way that it expresses that meaning; it would then retain the many different levels of meaning which can be present in a text written by the biblee of God. In the practical case, though, a literal translation offers a trade-off.

The text is a more accurate representation of the source text, but, as a result, it is less eloquent, and even somewhat awkward sounding, as compared to a paraphrased translation. A paraphrase or dynamic equivalency translation tries to provide a translation text e. English that is as similar as possible to a proper understanding of the source text. An ideal paraphrase translation would accurately express the full meaning of the source text, in an eloquent manner that is natural to the language used in translation.

In the practical case, though, a paraphrase translation offers a trade-off. The text is approachable and easily cpv, perhaps even eloquent, but some of the possible levels of meaning in the source cpdg are obscured; a paraphrase is a less accurate representation of the source text. In the Church on earth, both types of translations are needed. A paraphrase translation is needed for those readers of the Bible who are new to the text, or who do not often read it, or who have limited academic abilities.

Such translations are easy to approach and understand. The eloquence of paraphrase translations makes these fitting for use in liturgical services and in prayer groups.

But a more literal translation is needed for those who wish to dig deeper into the multiple levels of meaning found in the Bible, and who are willing to study a text more closely.

A good literal translation should also retain sufficient eloquence and cpfv for use in liturgical services and prayer groups. The CPDV of the Bible is a fairly literal translation, which provides a greater accuracy in its representation of the source text the Latin Clementine Vulgatevible accepts the trade-off of being less eloquent in English. This approach has advantages and disadvantages over the group or committee approach to translation.

Committee Translations Fpdv that you poll a group of citizens on an issue of political policy. You will likely get a particular majority view, along with at least several minority views. But if you poll a different set of citizens on the same issue, you will likely find the same majority view. In fact, if you continue to poll groups of citizens, you may eventually find a group with a different majority view, but you will probably never find, as the view of the majority, each and every reasonable, bibl view.

Some good insights are found within minority opinions on any subject, which never make their way into the majority. And the same is true of Biblical scholars.

If you have a group of Biblical scholars deciding on the wording cpsv translations, that group will tend to arrive at translation decisions that are, more or less, the majority view. The process is not voting or polling per se, because there are generally multiple committees that look at the same text, but the majority opinion tends to rise to the top. If you then take a separate group of Bible translators, and another, and another, each will tend to arrive at very much the same conclusions about the wording of the translation.

There are numerous cpev opinions within any group of Biblical scholars, but these have little influence over the final text of the translation.

The problem is accentuated if the different groups of scholars are from the same culture and are translating into the same language. So, if several groups are translating into English, and these scholars are all from Western culture, the versions are even more alike. This fact can be readily seen by comparing several different translations of the Bible.