Many thanks to two readers for alerting me that Catholic Book Publishing Corporation has now released the complete New Catholic Version of the Bible. This translation has been in progress for several years, with a team of scholars working under the direction of Fr. Jude Winkler, OFM. Here’s a brief synopsis of the history:
- The Psalms were published in 2002 and received approval from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
- The New Testament was published in 2015, and Catholic Book Publishing released several editions of the New Testament and Psalms. The Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines approved the New Testament.
- The Old Testament is now complete in 2019 and carries a nihil obstat and imprimatur. The FAQ page for the translation states that the Bishops Conference of the Philippines has also approved the Old Testament.
The publisher describes the NCV as a “formal or verbal equivalence” translation “which emphasizes a literal translation (word for word) of the Scripture text.” On the other hand, it does attempt to break apart long sentences and paragraphs that are difficult or confusing to read. It was intended to conform to the Church’s translation guidelines (in particular, this probably means that the translators were consciously following Liturgiam Authenticam’s principles of translation). The FAQ page states that the NCV was “not necessarily designed to be gender neutral.”
The complete NCV bible is now available in paperback, hardcover, and DURA-LUX (imitation leather) editions, with prices ranging from $32.95 to $55.95. For the moment, the publisher only lists giant-print editions on their website.