The Bible: One for All

Protestant and Roman Catholic Bibles have historically evolved like two separate streams that shift course from time to time but never quite join. The best-known Protestant translations of Scripture in English, the King James and Revised Standard versions, come essentially from the original Hebrew and Greek; such Catholic editions as the Douay and Knox Bibles follow St. Jerome's 4th century Latin Vulgate. For centuries, the churches have stressed the differences. Now the two streams seem destined to join in a common Bible that would be acceptable to all Christians.

Scholars agree that...

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