In many ways, 2012 was a fairly quiet year in regards to Catholic Bible publications. Yet, there were some true gems published for Catholics this year, most notably the HarperOne NABRE and the Baronius Press Knox Bible. Both publications exceeded my expectations, although in different ways.
In addition to those two publications, we found out two rather important pieces of translation-related information. First, earlier in the year we discovered that the ESV would become the translation used for the Liturgy in the UK and Wales, as well as Australia (and New Zealand?). The process of adapting the ESV for the Lectionary is on-going, and permission has been given by Crossway. (Well, at least we assume that it is Crossway.) Therefore it seems certain that we could legitimately see (or more properly hear) the ESV Lectionary in only a few years time. (Well, at least those of you outside of North America will experience this.) It seems that they are moving quite fast on this project. This comes after the revelation that the NRSV was the translation scheduled to be adapted for the Lectionary in these countries, but there appears to have been a falling out with the NCCUSA.
The other major announcement, which came during the USCCB summer meetings, was that the NAB(RE) was going to be revised again. This time, however, it would be done, hand-in-hand, with approval for use in the Liturgy. Thus, at least in America, the readings you would hear at Mass would theoretically be exactly the same as you would read in the NAB. Of course, that isn't the case currently. One thing we know for certain is that this process is going to take a very long time.
With that, here are my 7 Questions for the year 2013:
1) Will there ever be an official ESV-CE published for Catholics?
2) What will be the full extent of this new revision of the NAB?
3) How will the NAB, and ESV for that matter, integrate the Revised Grail Psalms into their revision/adaption projects?
4) Will we hear anything from Ignatius about their soon to be completed Ignatius Catholic Study Bible?
5) Will Oxford make a clear announcement regarding their updating of the Catholic Study Bible NABRE reading guides?
6) Will Cambridge or Allan's produce a high-end Catholic Bible edition?
7) Will Catholic Bible software, like Logos, continue to grow in popularity?