NRSVue Audio Bible with Apocrypha

Hendrickson Publishers plans to release the complete NRSVue with Apocrypha in audio format on August 8th. Currently, I can only find a product listing for the CD set. I’m hoping an Audible or MP3 version will also be available. The pre-order price for the CD set is currently listed at $73.99 on ChristianBook.

SBL Study Bible

HarperOne plans to release the SBL Study Bible featuring the NRSVue on September 12th. This will be a fully-revamped successor to the Harper Collins Study Bible. Previous editions of the Harper Collins Study Bible featured notes by members of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), and the new SBL Study Bible continues that tradition, with its new name emphasizing the SBL’s role. It’s worth noting that the translation updates in the NRSVue were also completed by members of the SBL. The pre-order price for the hardcover edition is currently listed at $36.99 on ChristianBook.

9 thoughts on “New NRSVue Resources Coming in Late Summer”

  1. As I mentioned under last month’s post on the Oxford Study Bible sale, I was expecting the new Harper Collins Study Bible soon based on a report by someone who worked on another upcoming Study Bible from Westminster John Knox Press, who said these next 2 years were going to be the time for all the NRSVue resources rolling out, so here it is. Either way, I think I’m content to keep the Cambridge NRSV Reference Bible, with some pen emendations I’ve made in light of the NRSVue where actual textual changes were made due to the most recent critical Greek text and not just them fiddling with the wording where I don’t think it’s necessary. Just that and a good commentary alongside it.

  2. Is Harper Collins in the lead when it comes to Catholic Bibles? It seems like there’s a major paralysis with Catholic publishing for a solid Catholic Bible. Whereas Harper Collins succeeds very well in producing a very nice array of NRSV-CE and NAB-RE editions. Is this enough reason to give Harper Collins my business and buy my Bible from them since they seem to serve the Catholic community what it’s lacking, or is it justified to “puritanically” choose only Catholic sellers and publishers for a Catholic Bible or text.

    1. A “w/apocrypha” edition is not a Catholic Bible, as of today, the 2021 edition of the NRSV has no Catholic Edition, I’m not sure if the imprimatur from 1989 is still valid, even though the changes are very insignificant, I think it will need to be reviewed all over again, and who knows how many years that will take.

      1. Pretty sure that an Imprimatur is no longer valid if a single word is changed, so no, it’s not valid.

        1. Well, I don’t think the rule is quite that strict, given the frequency with which modern Bibles see minor corrections, that would make Imprimaturs close to useless

          1. Yeah. Considering Ignatius Press claiming the RSV2CE is covered by the RSVCE’s imprimatur, the number of typos corrected in the American Douay-Rheims that were are still tied to that 1899 imprimatur, later printings of the Confraternity Bible differing ever so slightly from the text of the 1941 first edition but still carrying a 1941 imprimatur, and some other examples, I’m pretty sure the Church has the right to cover a later tweak under a previous imprimatur if it’s deemed insignificant enough. That said, the NRSVue has quite a few more significant alterations to the NRSV than the RSV2CE has to the RSVCE, so I’d assume it would need a new imprimatur.

  3. To be precise, this is what the Code of Canon Law says: “Can. 829 The approval or permission to publish some work is valid for the original text but not for new editions or translations of the same.”

  4. Well, and, I had thought I heard that the RSV2CE was in some ways a collaboration between Ignatius Press and officials at the Vatican to produce a liturgical version of the original RSV:CE that could pass the new rules that caused the original RSV:CE lectionary to be rejected. It was only later that the project was turned into a full bible available for purchase. I seem to recall also that the Vatican’s involvement was to such a degree that in some instances Ignatius Press themselves didn’t even understand why Vatican authorities made some of the changes that they did and were even somewhat frustrated at the lack of clarification they were given.

    All this to say, I really don’t worry too much about the status of the RSV2CE’s imprimatur, though I know that others do and I think they have some valid points, but it seems clear that the RSV2CE is very much a creature of Catholic origin and intended for the highest purpose, namely use as a Liturgical translation. I mean really, is there actually a question about appropriateness of any passage in the RSV2CE from a Catholic theological perspective that anyone besides a Douay-Rhiems only-ist would make?

    So to my mind at least, case of the NRSV:UE is a totally different case. It wasn’t the result of internal Catholic efforts to produce a Liturgical use translation, it was a product of secular academics to produce something more in line with the current academic consensus on how to understand the biblical texts. A worthy effort to be sure, but one that I think a Catholic without knowledge of the original languages and the current state of biblical scholarship should be much more cautious to accept. This to me is precisely the scenario where imprimatur is needed.

    1. “The Vatican” did not participate in the revision. Ignatius wanted to get liturgical approval for the text, and when it was submitted, several changes were required to get that approval. In fact, getting liturgical approval is very difficult, even though it is a translation nearly 90 years in the making, at no point has the NAB ever gotten approval for use in the liturgy. The text read in Mass is not actually the NAB, it is “NAB plus hundreds of minor revisions required to get approval for use in the liturgy”, the version of the NAB read in Mass is not actually in print anywhere, it reflects no version of the NAB.

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