Religion: Out with the Old

New Bible translations seem to be born every year: there are Bibles in Basic English, in meter, in I-see-the-cat prose for kindergartens, in Reader's Digest-like condensations. But the New English Bible that is being translated by British Protestant scholars is no such trifle. It is a serious effort to create an accurate Bible in contemporary prose, and its sponsors hope that it will be good enough to replace the King James Version in Christian worship services. The New Testament went on sale last year; the Old will not be ready for publication until 1968....

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