It’s been about a year since the Augustine Institute announced that they were beginning an entirely new Bible translation called the Catholic Standard Version (CSV). The Gospel of Matthew was released in January of 2023, and we discussed it at some length in a few posts here.
Today, the Augustine Institute announced the next installment of the translation: the Gospel of Mark. The edition is a single-column paperback with the same typesetting and layout as the Gospel of Matthew. Both books are available for $9.99 through Catholic Market (the Augustine Institute’s store). There is also bulk pricing available.
The product page includes a preview of the page layout, introduction, and the text of the translation for Mark 1:1-2:8.
The introduction contains a few interesting pieces of information. First, addressing the goals and name of the translation, it explains:
…Catholic Standard Version (CSV). “Catholic” because it will contain the full Catholic canon of 73 books, translated by a team of Catholic biblical scholars and theologians, according to the principles set forth by the living Magisterium of the Catholic Church. “Standard” because our aspiration is to set a new standard for Bibles in English by relying upon the most up-to-date findings in textual, linguistic, historical, and archaeological research, maintaining the highest level of accuracy in rendering the original languages, while also striving for an English expression that is marked by clarity and dignity. “Version” to signal that the CSV, as a vernacular translation of the written word of God, can never rival the authority of the original texts of scripture.“About the Catholic Standard Version” – The Gospel of Mark, Catholic Standard Version
Eventually, the Augustine Institute plans on producing a variety of editions:
As the work of translation progresses, the Institute plans to publish elegant editions of the four gospels, the Psalms, and other important portions of Scripture for prayerful reading, serious study, catechesis, and evangelization by Catholics and other Christians throughout the English-speaking world.“About the Catholic Standard Version” – The Gospel of Mark, Catholic Standard Version
At the current publication rate, it would be a very long time before the entire translation is complete. It will be interesting to see whether the Augustine Institute will continue translating and publishing at the same rate or increase the pace in the future. If the project continues at the current rate, this seems likely to be a generational project that will not be complete for a few decades.