The Knox Bible is a noteworthy translation for a number of reasons. It was first translated from the Latin Vulgate by the English theologian and priest Ronald Knox. Knox’s aim was to produce a translation that was clear and accurate, yet which also captured the readability and flair of English literary tradition.
The result is a unique Bible translation that is reliable, but also beautiful to read. You can get a feel for the Knox Bible’s style in this familiar excerpt from John 3:
“God so loved the world, that he gave up his only-begotten Son, so that those who believe in him may not perish, but have eternal life. When God sent his Son into the world, it was not to reject the world, but so that the world might find salvation through him. For the man who believes in him, there is no rejection; the man who does not believe is already rejected; he has not found faith in the name of God’s only-begotten Son. Rejection lies in this, that when the light came into the world men preferred darkness to light; preferred it, because their doings were evil. Anyone who acts shamefully hates the light, will not come into the light, for fear that his doings will be found out. Whereas the man whose life is true comes to the light, so that his deeds may be seen for what they are, deeds done in God.”
The Knox Bible is a good choice for both reading and study; those of you following the Lectio Divina—the practice of praying through the Bible, as we’ve discussed recently here on the blog—will find this an excellent companion.
The Knox Bible’s arrival in the Bible Gateway library coincides with a new print edition from Baronius Press—the first time the full Knox Bible has been available for over 50 years! You can find it in the Bible drop-down on the BibleGateway.com homepage; you can read more about it at its page on Bible Gateway or at the Knox Bible website. We’re grateful to Baronius Press for making the Knox Bible available. (Baronius Press publishes a wide range of other Bibles as well, which you can browse in the Bible Gateway store.)
We hope you’ll find the Knox Bible to be a blessing and a help to your own personal Bible reading!
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