Something we don’t hear, but maybe we should, is the the old King James Bible (before the American Standard Version, or mid-19th century and earlier) is actually an older version of the RSV-CE! This is true, if the Old King James Bible includes the Apocrypha of course.
Consider that our current MOST favored Catholic Bibles are the RSV-CE ones. It is the Bible of Choice for the Ignatius Study Bible and the Navarre Study Bible.
In the appendix of many RSV-CE bibles, there is a list of all the differences between the RSV-CE and the RSV Bibles. Guess which Bible the Old King James Bibles exactly match?! Pat yourself on the back if you guessed the RSV-CE!
The ONLY difference I could find, was Luke 1:28 where the RSV-CE say “Full of Grace” and the RSV says “favored one.” Guess which Bible the NABRE exactly matches here. That’s right NOT the RSV-CE, but the RSV. What does the Old King James Bible say? “highly favored one.” Sounds more Catholic than the NABRE to me!
There is no list of differences for the OT in the appendix, which probably means, that other than adding the Apocrypha, there is little difference of note between the RSV-CE and the RSV.
I find this VERY interesting, as Bible Publisher Mathew Carey (a Catholic American who immigrated from Ireland to Philadelphia in 1784 and then published the FIRST Catholic D/R Bible ever printed in the USA in 1790, in his prospectus, made a plea to American Protestants to buy this Bible for the sake of accuracy! A few Protestants DID take him up on his challenge. Beginning in 1801 Carey started publishing the King James Bibles with Apocrypha, and for the next 25 yrs. became the largest Bible publisher in the USA. (He published one more D/R Bible in 1805.)
I wonder how Carey would view the current situation? Would modern Catholic Americans dare read the Old King James Bibles he used to publish? I know I do!