Friday, May 27, 2011

Thank You to My Unofficial Bible Patron


Just wanted to take the time to thank reader Tim for being my unofficial Bible patron. He recently sent me two very cool Bibles:

New English Bible w/ Apocrypha 1970
*Oxford Pocket Text Edition in Moroccoette binding, gold edges and India paper.

King James Version: New Testament and Psalms
*Oxford burgundy east Indian Calf binding in India paper.

12 comments:

Victor said...

What is the translation for Wisdom 8:19-20 in the NEB w/ Apocrypha?

Timothy said...

NEB's Wisdom 8:19-20:
"As a child I was born to excellence, and a noble soul fell to my lot; or rather, I myself was noble, and I entered into an unblemished body."

Diakonos said...

I have that exact NEB. I first got the NEB following recommendation from Ven. Archbishop Sheen who thought it to be the best English translation then available. Now I use the Revised English Bible for daily prayer, which is QUITE a revision from the NEB but also has significant continuity. I wish an affordable leather or simulate leather REB with apocrypha was available in handy size.

One thing I have seen often commented upon by those who know is that the NEB is particularly fresh and enlightening in its translation of the Pauline espistles.

Victor said...

I really like the RSV-CE, but I have yet to see a better translation of this that conveys the meaning that is being expressed here than what is found in the NABRE. The NEB does come close though.

rolf said...

Diakonos,
discountbible.com carries the REB in an imitation leather binding, published by Cambridge University Press for $52.49. It is a nice portable size, I have the morocco leather version of this Bible. When you go to the website and click on Bibles, there is a Bible Publisher Section, just click on Cambridge University Press.

Tim B. said...

Unfortunately the imitation leather version doesn't contain the Apocrypha/Deuterocanonicals.

Diakonos said...

Rolf - thanks for the lead but yeah its missing the apocrypha. I have a paperback Oxford Study Bible REB and am thinking of maybe just getting it rebound in some nice durable imitation leather as i can;t afford the genuine thing. Just need to find a place that does this at a reasonable price.

rolf said...

Tim B,
Thanks for that information. I guess I didn't look closely enough.

rolf said...

Diakonos,
Yeah it is getting a little harder to find the REB in different formats anymore. I also have the Oxford Study Bible REB but it is in hardback, so I bought a genuine leather Bible cover for it, which works for me.

Timothy said...

Any of you interested in doing a guest review of the REB or REB Oxford Study Bible?

Diakonos said...

Rolf - I have a nice high end faux leather cover for mine and yes, that works, But still (and this is a personal quirk I guess) not the same as having ot bound.

Timothy - I don't think I know enough about the REB to do a review. I simply really like it translation style. nice flow. Even. Smooth and clear. One interesting thing is that the notes in the Oxford REB Study Bible as the SAME notes as found in the Oxford NEB Study Bible (its predecessor). I have yet to find any real difference. Also the footnotes, annotations and book introductions are very minimalistic - which can be very nice if one wants some basic info while reading without getting distracted into longer and detailed writings.

I think I read once that the REB and the NRSV came out at about the same time and the publicity for the NRSV is what gaveit the upper hand. The REB is more on the dynamic equivalence side of translation but not excessively, whereas I think the NRSV is more literal than dynamic.

Theophrastus said...

Diakonis: The REB Oxford Study Bible contains 191 pages of introductory essays; while the material in the NEB Oxford Study Bible is considerably less (and at the end of the volume). While the notes were largely retained in the two volumes (much like the notes in the NOAB [RSV] and the NOAB 2nd edition [NRSV]), they do differ in minor aspects of wording, e.g., the note to Job 1:3.