Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Knox Bible

Baronius Press has recently re-released the Knox translation of the bible. This translation is also available online for free from Bible Gateway. With the release from Baronius, the full Knox Bible is now available again for the first time in over 50 years. From the reviews I've read on the blogosphere, I've heard multiple accounts of people being brought to tears (in a good way) from reading this translation. I knew this bible was something worth investigating.

Baronius press has several classic, high-quality books (bound in leather and hard backs). Here is the Knox bible from Baronius:
http://www.baroniuspress.com/knoxbible
I encourage you to read all the tabs for this bible (description, history, etc.) on this site to learn about the history and influence of this bible.

Here is the free online version at Bible Gateway:
http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Knox-Bible/

In case you were wondering how good this translation is, Fulton Sheen quoted from it exclusively in his book The Life of Christ. This translation is often recommended for private devotional reading or Lectio Divina because of its poetic style. For instance, here is Philippians 2: 6-11 from the New American Bible (which is the primary source for the Lectionary in the United States):
Who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross. Because of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Now here are the same verses from the Knox Bible:
His nature is, from the first, divine, and yet he did not see, in the rank of Godhead, a prize to be coveted; he dispossessed himself, and took the nature of a slave, fashioned in the likeness of men, and presenting himself to us in human form; and then he lowered his own dignity, accepted an obedience which brought him to death, death on a cross. That is why God has raised him to such a height, given him that name which is greater than any other name; so that everything in heaven and on earth and under the earth must bend the knee before the name of Jesus, and every tongue must confess Jesus Christ as the Lord, dwelling in the glory of God the Father.

It has the classical English feel like the Douay-Rheims (without the thees and thous), but is much more poetic in style.

The Knox Bible may not be for everyone, but I would suggest giving it a try. If you are thinking about Christmas gifts, why not surprise a loved one with a Knox Bible from Baronius? Baronius products seem to be extremely high quality from what I have seen and from reviews I've read, so I plan on supporting them with gift purchases in the future. Check out the rest of their website after visiting the Knox Bible link above. There are many classics that they have brought back into print.

"Msgr. Knox had a profound love for Sacred Scripture, a passion was to make the Bible accessible to as many people as possible … In the Knox translation, clarity is paramount." - Dr. Scott Hahn

"Praiseworthy achievement … a monument of many years of patient study and toil." - Ven. Pope Pius XII


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