Thursday, April 14, 2011
What to do with the RSV-2CE?
The RSV-2CE from Ignatius Press is truly an enigma. This blog has spent considerable time over the past two years looking at it, dissecting it, and discussing various topics related to it. In many ways it is an improvement over the already established RSV-CE, most notably with the elimination of the archaic "thees and thous", as well as making more than simply "minor" changes to the text. It is also the basis for the wonderful Ignatius Catholic Study Bible. Yet, at least for me, there is something strange about the RSV-2CE. However, I can't really pin down what it is. Is it that there are very few editions of the RSV-2CE available? Maybe. Or is it perhaps the lack of information about the revision coming from Ignatius Press? Maybe. Or perhaps the "hideously garish cover" as commented previously by Theophrastus. Maybe. How about the very little promotion that this translation has received? (See how much press the NABRE received recently?) Many people who I speak with at "Church gatherings" are simply unaware that the RSV-2CE even exists. So what is it about the RSV-2CE? I say this with the belief that if I were to only choose one English Bible translation, I would probably go with the RSV-2CE. Strange.