What Bible translation is used in Catholic seminaries?


#1

I was curious about what Bible translation(s) is used in American Catholic seminaries. Is there a standard translation mandated by the USCCB, or do seminaries choose? Are there any seminarians or seminary faculty here who can answer this question?

I know that the NRSV/RSV are considered by many to be the scholarly standard. However, the NABRE is the official Catholic Bible here in the US.

I’m just asking this question out of curiosity.


#2

I suppose it depends on the seminary


#3

Have a friend that was in seminary - pretty sure he said they did not use the NAB - he couldn’t stand the NAB.

Can’t recall what they used, but he liked the RSV.


#4

I don’t know for sure, but I’d imagine it wouldn’t just depend on the seminary, but upon the seminary professor. This is based on my experience at a Catholic university (not a seminary), but each professor would use the translation he or she preferred. There was no college-wide mandated translation.

Indeed, I cannot see the point in mandating a particular English translation of the Scripture for a college or seminary. It seems more likely a professor would encourage you to go to the original source languages if anything. Or else to be familiar with several translations. :shrug:


#5

I have to imagine they use multiple ones.


#6

Perhaps not for Scripture studies, but given that the U.S. Lectionary comes from the NAB and its variants, and thus preaching at Mass would follow a NAB passage, it’s hard to believe that the NAB would be ignored entirely.


#7

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