An American Translation

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An American Translation
Full name The Bible, An American Translation
Abbreviation AAT
Language English
Complete Bible
published
1939
Authorship J.M. Powis Smith (OT) and Edgar J. Goodspeed (deuterocanonical books and NT)
Publisher The University of Chicago Press

The Bible, An American Translation (AAT) (not to be confused with Beck's American Translation done later) consists of The Old Testament translated by a group of scholars under the editorship of John Merlin Powis Smith, the Apocrypha translated by Edgar J. Goodspeed, and The New Testament translated by Edgar J. Goodspeed.

In a foreword to the 1949 edition, Goodspeed wrote, "The rapid advance of learning in recent years in the fields of history, archaeology, and language has thrown new light upon every part of the Bible. At the same time our changing English speech has carried us farther and farther from the sixteenth-century diction in which all our standard versions of it are clothed. Yet the great messages of the Old and New Testaments were never more necessary than in our present confused and hurried life. We have, therefore, sought to produce a new translation of them, based upon the assured results of modern study, and put in the familiar language of today."

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