African Bible (New American Bible)

The African Bible New Testament was published in 1995 with a translation by Conor Murphy. When the complete Bible was published in 1999 the text of the New American Bible was used. This entry is for the complete Bible using the New American Bible text.

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Title: The African Bible ✛ Biblical Text of the New American Bible.
General Editors: Victor Zinkuratire SSS & Angelo Colacrai SSP
Date: ⓒ St Paul Communications / Daughters of St Paul 1999. Third reprint 2004. –– Imprimatur: Kenya 1999
Scripture text: New American Bible ⓒ 1991, 1986, 1970 by Confraternitiy of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C.
Publisher: Nairobi (Kenya): Paulines Publications Africa / Daughters of St Paul
Contents: Catholic Bible. Presentation by the Archbishop of Conakry, Guinea; Preface by the publishers. A multi-page General Introduction to the Bible itself and the reading thereof in Africa today. The Scripture text in single column is accompanied by numerous study helps, Introductions, reference tables and explanations which give this book a true Study Bible character. Appendixes with Sunday scripture readings, World history and biblical Chronology, Glossary and thematic supplement.
References: Chamberlin 49-2, Taliaferro-EELBV 8070.
Images: Cover, Title page, Additional information
Location: Collection Bibelarchiv Birnbaum. Karlsruhe/ Baden, Germany
Comments: Hardbound octavo, 2176 pp, numerous black-and-white illustrations. As far as can be seen in the lists of Editors and Contributors, some of the names have already appeared in the 1995 NT. One can only speculate why the New Testament- translation done by Conor Murphy has not again been incorporated into this complete Bible or a why there was no attempt made to produce a new one for the Old Testament and the deuterocanonical books; instead the texts of the NAB with the revised New Testament (1986) and Psalms (1991) have been chosen, not another proven text e. g. from the New Community Bible; neither in the Preface nor in the General Introduction a word has been said. The study helps are very useful as they also contain amongst others references to extra-biblical and patristic books, Septuagint readings, Hebrew language allusions to & within the New Testament and the Greek underlying it. Worthy of mentioning are the two chronologies, namely the earliest dates in world- and biblical history, which are shown besides each other: The Big Bang Theory c. 12/ 10,000,000,000 years ago; Abraham c. 2100 B.C.


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