Welcome to the eighteenth week of comparing the New American Bible Revised Edition (NABRE) with the Revised English Bible (REB) for the second reading at Sunday’s Mass. This is a chance to compare a strongly literal translation like the NABRE New Testament with a much more dynamic translation like the REB. As the translators continue to work on revising the NABRE New Testament, it also provides a chance to reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of the current translation (which was completed in 1986).

Sunday, October 14th, 2018 — Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)
Second Reading: Hebrews 4:12-13

NABRE:

Indeed, the word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart. No creature is concealed from him, but everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must render an account.

REB:

The word of God is alive and active. It cuts more keenly than any two-edged sword, piercing so deeply that it divides soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it discriminates among the purposes and thoughts of the heart. Nothing in creation can hide from him; everything lies bare and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must render account. 

One thought on “REB vs. NABRE: New Testament Letters (28th Sunday in OT)”

  1. I have to say… The REB is WAY better in this passage than the NABRE. It just really gets the point across a lot better, at least to me. Maybe because it’s a lot more poetic?

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