Thursday, March 12, 2015
Knox on Translation
"And yet, is the Douay, as it has come down to us through Challoner, really so familiar to us, so universally beloved? I understand that for several years, during and after the war, it was impossible, in England or Scotland, for a Catholic to buy a copy of the New Testament. Would any other Christian denomination in the world have sat down under that? In my experience, the laity's attitude towards the Bible is one of blank indifference, varied now and again by one of puzzled hostility. The clergy, no doubt, search the Scriptures more eagerly. And yet, when I used to go round preaching a good deal, and would ask the P.P. for a Bible to verify my text from, there was generally an ominous pause of twenty minutes or so before he returned, banging the leaves of the sacred volume and visibly blowing on the top. The new wine of the gospel, you felt, was kept in strangely cobwebby bottles (On Englishing the Bible 11)."
This short quote is another reason why Msgr. Knox is the (un)official patron saint of this blog. His insights into the Church, and ability to point out the obvious, is only matched by his wit. We could use a few more Knox-like people in the Church today. On Englishing the Bible is available through Baronius Press, but only if you purchase the Knox Bible. It is not sold separately. However, I have two brand new copies to give away. So, if interested, just put your name in the comment section of this post by the end of the day on Sunday and you will be entered to win a copy of it. This is open to everyone, no matter where you live. And if you don't have the Knox Bible, go get one!