On the "Catholic Bibles" blog:
Mark Brumley is President of the Board of Directors of Guadalupe
Chief Executive Officer for Ignatius Press. He also oversees magazines
Ignatius Press, is project coordinator for the Ignatius Catholic Study
and is editor of Ignatius Press's Modern Apologetics Library and A Study
for Joseph Ratzinger's Jesus of Nazareth. You can hear him regularly on
the popular radio program Catholic Answers Live. Mark was kind enough
to answer my "7 Questions" surrounding the RSV-2CE and Ignatius Catholic Study Bible.
1) The Revised Standard Version-Second Catholic Edition remains the most popular translation as expressed by a majority of the readers of this blog. Could you speak a little bit about how the RSV-2CE came to be? Some of my readers have expressed a desire to know more about the changes from the original RSV-CE, particularly since the RSV-2CE does more than simply eliminate the archaic English from the text. One example would be the additions found in Sirach 24 of the RSV-2CE. Another would be changes similar to what we see in Luke 9:31, where “departure” was changed to the more literal Greek rendering of “exodus”.
Brumley: The history of the RSV2CE is straightforward. We published for many years the so-called Blue Bible, the Ignatius Bible, the Catholic Revised Standard Version. Many people loved it but some didn't like that the occasional archaic language of the translation--the "thees" and "thous" used in direct addressed to God. So we looked into a slight revision, while still keeping the Blue Bible available. Meanwhile, in discussions with the Congregation for Divine Worship, we became aware that some folks in the Vatican wanted a Bible that fit better with the norms for liturgical translations as found in Liturgiam Authenticam. So our edition of the Bible was reviewed by the Congregation and several biblical experts to make it more in conformity to Catholic liturgical use. That is why it's really a sort of RSV Catholic Edition Plus--plus a more standard English reflecting the removal of the archaic language and an enrichment of the translation of the text to reflect the Church's liturgical tradition.
2) Are there any future plans to release the RSV-2CE in different editions? Some readers have expressed a desire that Ignatius Press publish a full RSV-2CE compact, as well as a large print edition.