December 2010 witnessed the revival of the Lattey Lectures at St Edmund’s College, Cambridge, originally founded in honour of Fr Cuthbert Lattey SJ, first Chairman of the Catholic Biblical Association of Great Britain. Henry Wansbrough OSB delivered a commemorative lecture marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the CBA, a shortened version of which was published in The Tablet of 11th December 2010. We are delighted to be able to publish the full version here, in the on-line journal of the CBA. In his lecture, Fr Henry traces the CBA’s key phases and important publications, and provides affectionate pen portraits of its major players, against the backdrop of the great Roman encyclicals on Scripture.
Another anniversary, falling in this new calendar year, is the quatercentenary of the King James Version of the Bible. To mark this occasion, Nicholas King SJ, himself an accomplished translator of the Scriptures, reflects on the cultural context of this significant English version, and the influence of its antecedents, including the Catholic Douay-Rheims Bible. More broadly, he offers an insightful reflection upon the particular challenges confronted by all biblical translators.
In the third article, Adrian Graffy offers a lucid assessment of the recently-published Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini, the long-awaited post-synodal document to the 2008 Synod on the Word of God. He explores its threefold focus on the word in itself (Verbum Dei), in the Church, especially the liturgy (Verbum in Ecclesia), and vis-à-vis the world (Verbum Mundo). He suggests that Verbum Domini should itself been seen as a milestone in Catholic attitudes to the Bible, evaluating how far Catholics have come since the Second Vatican Council, and inviting a renewed commitment to the Scriptures within the life of the Church.