NAB - 1987
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In 1944, the Catholic Bible Association of America was requested to produce a completely new translation of the Bible from the original languages and to present the sense of Biblical text as accurately as possible. The Old Testament was first published in a series of four volumes. The New Testament was completed in 1970, resulting in the New American Bible. It has widespread use by American Catholic people in public worship.

Further advances in Biblical scholarship and identification of pastoral needs brought about a revision of the New Testament in 1986. This fulfilled the need for greater consistency of vocabulary, sensitivity to the need of inclusive language in favor of women, greater attention to public proclamation in sacred liturgy, and provision of more abundant and upgraded explanatory material. Scholars from other Christian churches collaborated in preparing this version.

There is an introduction and, usually, an outline at the beginning of each book. It has four imprimaturs.

Catholic Press, a division of Thomas Nelson (1987)

[Tyndale House, Cambridge, United Kingdom]

Genesis 1: 1, 2

In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless wasteland, and darkness covered the abyss, while a mighty wind swept over the waters.


Wisdom 1: 1

Love justice, you who judge the earth;
      think of the LORD in goodness,
      and seek him in integrity of heart;


John 1: 1 - 3

In the beginning was the Word,
      and the Word was with God,
      and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
      All things came to be through him,
      and without him nothing came to be.

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