Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Apparently I was asleep yesterday morning when I wrote my post. First, the revision of the RSV came out in 1971, not 1970. And the NT of the RSV appeared in 1946, with the whole Bible in 1952 (yes, Richard, I was right about that).
Now to more substantive matters. To anyone who thought I was making a connection between the CEB and the National Council of Churches, my apologies. The relevant line is, “And there appears to be no direct connection between the publishers of the Common English Bible and the Division of Christian Education of the
NCC.” To state it
more clearly, so that even the possible implication is removed: There is no
connection between the CEB and the NCC.
As to the “implicit support of the
for the CEB:” as far as I know all the modern versions available in English
have been done by translation teams made up entirely, or mostly, of scholars
who are members of SBL. In that sense, all
of the versions have the implicit support of the SBL,
though I doubt the SBL would be interested
in trying to stop any of its members from participating in a Bible translation
team. What seems interesting to me is the fact that the SBL
has devoted a panel discussion to the CEB. I don’t think that has previously
been done for a Bible translation, except maybe the NRSV. If any of my readers
knows to the contrary, I’ll be happy to stand corrected on that.
As far as the panel goes, this is the situation. I was wrong about the make-up of the panel. The presenting panel (Why We Need a New Bible Translation) includes one member of the CEB editorial team, and four people not associated with the CEB. The respondents, however, are all members of the CEB editorial team. This still seems to me to be an odd arrangement. I assumed that the presenting panel would be making the case for a new translation, while the respondents would be arguing contrary. Too bad I’m not going to
What the CEB does not have at this point is the explicit identification with the
SBL (compare the
HarperCollins Study Bible). Will it come? Who knows?