Archbishop of Brisbane and Chairman of the Australian
Catholic Bishops Commission on the Liturgy, Mark , formally launched
the international edition of The New Community Bible (NCB) in Sydney on the
feast day of Blessed James Alberione, the founder of the Pauline Family.
Welcoming the release of the NCB in Australia, Archbishop Mark Coleridge
said, “Now is the time when we have to become a more biblical Church, a
people more immersed in the word of God. This is the best way to know Jesus
whose voice we hear and whose face we see on every page of the Bible. That is
why The New Community Bible (international edition) is such a gift. May it find
its way into many hands and hearts and homes in this time of grace and
The NCB published by St Pauls Publications is a revised edition of the
popular Christian Community Bible translated by Late Bernardo Hurault, a French
Priest, from original languages to Spanish in 1971. Since then it has been
translated into many languages and millions of copies have been distributed with
its unique feature of a pastoral commentary that accompanied the text which has
helped the faithful to understand, assimilate and live the word of God in their
day to day life.
The Preface and the Presentation of the NCB states
that it is the fruit of a challenging project undertaken by the Society of St
Paul who brought together a competent team of Bible scholars who worked hard
over a decade and undertook the responsible task of “completely re-writing the
introduction and the commentary of each book of the Bible based on sound
exegesis and relevant pastoral application” and has done a ‘careful revision of
the text’ wherever it was required. Another unique feature of the NCB mentioned
is “its many references to the deep spiritual message and biblical values found
in the scriptures of other great world religions”.
The international edition of the NCB is published for special promotion in
the Year of Faith by St Pauls based in Sydney, London and New York. It is a
great resource for all those who wish to have a deeper understanding of the
scriptures and a great help for all those who make use of Scripture in daily
prayer, in Bible study groups and in small communities.
** You can also read a review of the NCB at the Raking through the Ashes of Christendom.
** I do not think this translation has anything to do with the Lectionary revision of the ESV, that Bishop Coleridge is currently involved in. Perhaps some of our friends in Australian can comment on the NCB.
You can check out a few renderings of the NCB here.
(HT: Servus Dei)
Psalm 23 (NCB)
A Psalm of David
1 The LORD is my shepherd, what more
do I need?
2 In green pastures he lets me rest.
streams of water he leads me,
3 and revives my failing
He leads me along the right paths
ever true to his
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of
no harm would I fear, for you are there by my side.
With your rod
and your staff you give me comfort.
5 You prepare a banquet for
in the presence of my foes.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup is
6 Only goodness and kindness will follow me
the days of my life,
I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
for ever and