Monday, March 7, 2011

"The Young Woman Shall be with Child, and Bear a Son, and Shall Name Him Immanuel"

Thus now lamentably reads Isaiah 7:14 in in the New American Bible, published by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops — U.S. Bible is a virgin-free zone.

The reasoning is that "whether the original Hebrew world 'almah' refers to an actual virgin is uncertain." [In Korean as well, the word for "virgin," ch'ŏ-nyŏ, is also used for "young woman."] It is also stated "that English was a 'living language,' and thus a new translation is needed." All the more reason to stick with tradition, then, as the Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition tends to do.

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Blogger Carl M. said...

Why should non-Jews hold the Hebrew to be more authoritative than the LXX quoted by Matthew and Luke? It's nuts. Everyone has bought into a Protestant theory of Scripture that makes no sense if you think about it. The *received* versions are the important ones. The "original" versions are bunk. How can anyone even believe in such a thing as an "original" version of Psalms or Chronicles?

12:33 PM  
Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

Sadly, the Catholic edition of the RSV uses "young woman" in Isaiah 7.14. Of all the major Catholic translations available, only the Douay-Rheims and the old Confraternity edition of the Old Testament (which was revised into the original New American Bible) contain the traditional rendering. I am planning on upgrading to the revised edition of the NAB when it comes out, but I will also be using the Douay-Rheims Bible alongside it.

12:56 PM  
OpenID danightman said...

I have the 2nd Edition Ignatius Bible, which is based off the original RSV. There is a revised RSV that, lamentably, swallows a lot of the modernist claptrap whole as well.

I just looked, and "virgin" is used in Isiah 7:14 in the Ignatius Bible, which any good Catholic bookstore should have.

9:06 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Carl M., good pints about the Septuagint, which is also the clearest evidence of why the Protestant reduction of the Old Testament books is wrong.

Mark, I need to get myself a Douay-Rheims.

danightman, tha ignatius Bible is the RSV I use.

5:57 AM  
Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

The second edition of the Ignatius Bible has "virgin," but the original Ignatius Bible and the original Catholic Edition of the RSV still use "young woman."

6:00 AM  

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