We’re happy to announce that the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine has granted permission to Bible Gateway to include the New American Bible Revised Edition (NABRE) in our extensive online free library of more than 180 Bible translations.
The NABRE is most commonly used among English-speaking Catholics in the United States. It’s a modern English Catholic translation equally suitable for private devotions, careful study, and reading aloud. According to its preface, the NABRE “is the achievement of some 50 biblical scholars, the greater number of whom, though not all, are Catholics.”
“A good translation is based on three pillars that must contemporaneously support the entire work. First, there must be a deep knowledge of the language and the cultural world at the point of origin. Next, there must be a good familiarity with the language and cultural context at the point where the work will arrive. Lastly, to crown the work with success, there must be an adequate mastery of the contents and meaning of what one is translating.” Pope John Paul II
The NABRE joins other translations on Bible Gateway that are searched, read, and shared by Catholics (which number 1.2 billion globally) and others, including:
- New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition
- New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition
- Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition
- Contemporary English Version
- Good News Translation
Each book of the NABRE begins with an explanatory introduction and an outline of the book. Deuterocanonical books are included in the translation. Here’s an example passage from Ben Sira 1:
All wisdom is from the Lord
and remains with him forever.
The sands of the sea, the drops of rain,
the days of eternity—who can count them?
Heaven’s height, earth’s extent,
the abyss and wisdom—who can explore them?
Before all other things wisdom was created;
and prudent understanding, from eternity.
The root of wisdom—to whom has it been revealed?
Her subtleties—who knows them?
There is but one, wise and truly awesome,
seated upon his throne—the Lord.
It is he who created her,
saw her and measured her,
Poured her forth upon all his works,
upon every living thing according to his bounty,
lavished her upon those who love him.
If you already enjoy reading the New American Bible Revised Edition, or are only now seeing it for the first time, we hope you’ll avail yourself of this translation on Bible Gateway and tell others about it. We’re grateful to the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine for making the NABRE available on Bible Gateway. Take a look at the New American Bible Revised Edition for yourself online. Print copies are available at the Bible Gateway Store.