New American Bible Revised Edition

The New American Bible Revised Edition (NABRE) is an English-language, Catholic translation of the Bible, the first major update in 20 years to the New American Bible (NAB), which was translated by members of the Catholic Biblical Association and originally published in 1970.[1] Released on March 9, 2011, the NABRE consists of the 1986 revision of the NAB New Testament with a fully revised Old Testament approved by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2010.[2]

New American Bible Revised Edition
Full nameNew American Bible Revised Edition
Complete Bible
March 9, 2011
Derived fromConfraternity Bible, New American Bible
Textual basisOT (2011 revision): Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia[citation needed] with Dead Sea Scrolls and minor Septuagint influence. Deuterocanonicals: Septuagint, Dead Sea Scrolls, and some Vulgate. NT: (1986 revision): "UBS3," the third edition of United Bible Societies' Third Edition Greek New Testament, and consultations of Novum Testamentum Graece 26th edition, i.e., "NA26."
Translation typeFormal equivalence (from the Preface), moderate use of dynamic equivalence.
Reading levelHigh School
CopyrightConfraternity of Christian Doctrine

In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth—and the earth was without form or shape, with darkness over the abyss and a mighty wind sweeping over the waters—

Then God said: Let there be light, and there was light.
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.

Approved for private use and study by Catholics, the NABRE has not received approval for Catholic liturgical use.[3][4] Although the revised Lectionary based on the original New American Bible is still the sole translation approved for use at Mass in the dioceses of the United States, the NABRE New Testament is currently being revised so that American Catholics can read the same Bible translation in personal study and devotion that they hear in Mass.[5]