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Old Jul 28, '05, 10:30 pm
UKcatholicGuy UKcatholicGuy is offline
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Default best "Confessions" translation?


I want to buy a copy of St Augustine's "Confessions" but there are several translations available. Any advice on the "best" translation?

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Old Jul 29, '05, 5:23 am
WanderAimlessly WanderAimlessly is offline
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Default Re: best "Confessions" translation?

The problem I have with many of the translations of Confessions is that they are in older types of English. The only complete translation that I have found in "modern" english is the one by John Ryan. Here is a link to the book:
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Old Jul 29, '05, 12:55 pm
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Default Re: best "Confessions" translation?

Before you run out and buy Confessions, I have the John Ryan translation I'll loan you if you're interested. I haven't read it yet and don't plan on reading it any time soon.
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Old Jul 29, '05, 6:08 pm
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Default Re: best "Confessions" translation?

Heck, you can have my copy. Since I got that ECF book set, I don't need my old paperback. It's Ryan's translation.

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Old Jul 31, '05, 3:52 pm
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Default Re: best "Confessions" translation?

Learn to read Latin, and read the Confessions in Latin. That's the best way.
For they ranged about like horses, and bounded about like lambs, praising you, O Lord...their deliverer!
Wisdom 19:9
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Old Jul 31, '05, 9:18 pm
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Default Re: best "Confessions" translation?

I don't which translation is the best, but I love my F.J. Sheed translation. Seems to do a good job of being poetic without using archaic language.
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Old Feb 18, '12, 12:44 pm
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Default Re: best "Confessions" translation?

I've just started reading the translation by John K. Ryan. I recommend it highly. I've started "Confessions" twice before with other translations over the years, but got bogged down with the language. Ryan's translation makes "Confessions" very accessible.
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