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Tuesday, 05 July 2011 10:27

Monday, 10 January 2011 20:27

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.

Ian Boxall

Monday, 10 January 2011 00:00

Henry Wansbrough is a monk of Ampleforth. He has been Chairman of the Faculty of Theology at Oxford University, and served on the Pope’s Biblical Commission for eleven years. He is General Editor of The New Jerusalem Bible, and has written a number of books on biblical subjects.

The decision to found a Catholic Biblical Association was taken at the Easter meeting in 1940 of the Conference of Higher Studies, an annual gathering of Catholic teachers of tertiary education. The Chairman was to be Fr Cuthbert Lattey SJ of Heythrop, the Secretary was Fr Reginald Fuller. Cuthbert Lattey, in whose honour Reggie Fuller founded the series of Lattey Lectures, died in 1954.

Monday, 10 January 2011 20:11

Nicholas King SJ teaches New Testament and Greek at Campion Hall, Oxford and in the Oxford Faculty of Theology.

It is a pleasure to be welcoming in these pages the quatercentenary of that great monument and guiding light of the English language, the King James Version. It is necessary, of course, to make certain clarifications when we speak of this massive translation. It was not, as is sometimes oddly supposed, the work of James VI of Scotland, James I of England himself, for all that he was an alert and interested theologian, with a greater share of biblical scholarship than many monarchs have had.

Monday, 10 January 2011 19:52

Fr Adrian Graffy is Director of the Commission for Evangelisation and Formation in the Diocese of Brentwood, and formerly taught Scripture at St John’s Seminary Wonersh. He is the editor of the Take and Read series (Alive Publishing).

The newly released post-synodal apostolic exhortation on the Word of God – Verbum Domini – refers to the document of the Second Vatican Council Dei Verbum as ‘a milestone in the Church’s history.’ It could be argued that Verbum Domini, which rejoices in a title synonymous with that of the Council document, is also such a milestone. An apostolic exhortation is not of course of equal importance, and Verbum Domini shows considerable deference to Dei Verbum by the frequency of citations and allusions. It might nevertheless be regarded as a milestone in that it evaluates the progress Catholics have made in their understanding and use of the Scriptures in the forty-five years since the end of Vatican II.

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