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The Committee for the Revision of the New Testament at The Catholic University of America

An inventory of The Papers of The Committee for the Revision of the New Testament at The Catholic University of America at The American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives


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Descriptive Summary

Repository: The Catholic University of America, The American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives
Creator: The Committee for the Revision of the New Testament at The Catholic University of America
Title: The Papers of The Committee for the Revision of the New Testament at The Catholic University of America
Dates: 1936-1945
Extent: 1 linear foot; 2 boxes
Abstract: The papers for the Committee for Revision of the New Testament contain published as well as unpublished writings, correspondence, and the edited manuscripts of the books of the New Testament.
Collection Number: ACUA 036
Language: English

Historical Note

In January of 1936 the Episcopal Committee on the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD), under the direction of Bishop Edwin V. O'Hara, met with biblical scholars at the Sulpician Seminary in Washington, D.C. (later Theological College) to talk about a revision of the New Testament based on the Challoner-Rheims Edition. There was also a proposal, made by Romain Butin, for the formation of an association of Catholic biblical scholars. Twenty revisors were nominated by the CCD along with an editorial board. In April of the same year work began at the first meeting where an editorial board of ten members was organized.

Some guidlines for the revision were as follows: The translation would be of the Clementine Vulgate. The Greek version would only be consulted if there was a difficult reading of the Latin. These variations were to be placed in the footnotes and not in the actual text. Obsolete words and forms (e.g. "ye") were to be eliminated.

In September of 1938 the Gospel of John was completed and was circulated to Catholic biblical scholars for critical feedback. By and large, the criticism was positive. In 1939 it was decided that all parts of the New Testament should be re-edited in accordance with the suggestions gained from the circulation of the Gospel of John.

Between the Winter of 1939 and the Spring of 1940 the English of the revision was examined and edited. This phase of editing was no less important than the translation from the Vulgate since, as Rev. William L. Newton expressed, "...[I]f we want the Bible read by our people, if we want it understood by those who read it, we must present it in a language and dress that will be found more attractive and comprehensible."

The project was completed in 1941 and was published by St. Anthony Guild Press, Patterson, New Jersey.

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Scope and Contents

The Papers of The Committee for Revision of the New Testament (1936 - 1945) contain three series. Series 1 contains published as well as unpublished writings (e.g. The Revision of the Challoner-Rheims New Testament prepared by the Catholic Biblical Association of America..." - folder 1 - see also folders 1, 2, and 3). Series 2 contains correspondence (folders 3 - 7). Series 3 contains the edited manuscripts of the books of the New Testament (folders 8- 19). Of special note are the responses and criticisms given by the laity and clergy regarding the revision (see folders 6 and 7).

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Arrangement

The Papers of the Committee for the Revision of the New Testament at The Catholic University of America consists of three series:




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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

There are no access restrictions.

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Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Donated by Msgr. William L. Newton on April 11, 1951.

Processing Information

Processing completed October 4, 1999 by A. Agnew. EAD markup completed in April 2006 by Cathey Dugan.

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Related Material

The American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives:

Records of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD)

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.


Persons:
Butin, Romain F. (Romain Francois), 1871-1937
Newton, William L. (William Louis), b. 1894
O’Hara, Edwin V. (Edwin Vincent), 1881-1956

Organizations:
Catholic Biblical Association of America
Confraternity of Christian Doctrine
Theological College (Washington, D.C.)

Subjects:
Bible. N.T. Versions. Challoner-Rheims


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Bibliography

"The Confraternity Edition of the New Testament" in American Catholic Biblical Scholarship: A History from the Early Republic to Vatican II by Gerald P. Fogarty, S.J. "The Forthcoming Revision of the New Testament: II. The Need of a Revision" in The Ecclesiastical Review. Vol. XCVII, Feb. 1938. "Principles Governing the Revision of the Douay-Rheims N.T." by Rev. William L. Newton in Proceedings of The Catholic Biblical Association of America . First General Meeting St. Louis, Missouri, October 9 and 10, 1937.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

                       
Series 1: Published and Unpublished Writings, 1936-1944 (3 folders)
Series 1 contains the Revision of the Challoner-Rheims New Testament by the Catholic Biblical Association of America, Nugent's Timeline for the completion of the Committee for the Revision of the New Testament at Catholic University, and general correspondence.
Box Folder
1 1 N.T. Revision, n.d.
  2 Nugent’s Historical Outline of the N.T. Revision, n.d.
  3 General Correspondence, 1936-1944
                       
Series 2: Correspondence, 1936-1945 (4 folders)
Series 2 contains correspondence amongst the Committee members, correspondence with Lattey, suggested corrections/criticisms received - part I, and suggested corrections/criticisms received - part II.
Box Folder
1 4 Committee for new edition of N.T. from Gr. - Correspondence, 1944-1945
  5 Correspondence with Lattey, 1936-1942
  6 Suggested Corrections/Criticisms Received - I, 1941
  7 Suggested Corrections/Criticisms Received - II, 1942-1944
                       
Series 3: Edited Manuscripts of New Testament Books, n.d. (12 folders)
Series 3 contains the edited manuscripts of the books of the New Testament, including the Books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, the Epistles of Paul, and other Epistles. This series also contains revised Greek notes and translations from James Kleist.
Box Folder
1 8 N.T. Revised from Greek/Notes from Kleist, n.d.
  9 N.T. Translations by James Kleist, n.d.
Box Folder
2 10 New Testament - Introductory and Final Pages, n.d.
  11 Matthew, n.d.
  12 Mark, n.d.
  13 Luke, n.d.
  14 John - I, n.d.
  15 John - II, n.d.
  16 Acts, n.d.
  17 Epistles of Paul - I, n.d.
  18 Epistles of Paul - II, n.d.
  19 Minor Epistles and Apocalypse, n.d.

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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Administrative Information

Related Material

Index Terms

Bibliography

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Published and Unpublished Writings, 1936-1944

Series 2: Correspondence, 1936-1945

Series 3: Edited Manuscripts of New Testament Books, n.d.

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