Confraternity Bible

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The Confraternity Bible
Complete Bible
New Testament published in 1941, OT released in sections 1952-1969 and became the New American Bible
CopyrightSeveral, published between 1941 and 1969
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth; the earth was waste and void; darkness covered the abyss, and the spirit of God was stirring above the waters. God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. God saw that the light was good.
For God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, that those who believe in him may not perish, but may have life everlasting.

The Confraternity Bible is any edition of the Catholic Bible translated under the auspices of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) between 1941 and 1969. The Confraternity Bible strives to give a fluent English translation while remaining close to the Latin Vulgate. It is no longer in widespread use since it was supplanted in 1970 by the New American Bible.


Volumes were released serially by St. Anthony Guild Press in New Jersey as they were completed. Their publishing history is as follows:[1]

  • The Book of Genesis – 1948: this was a unique translation, the only one that was revised for the 1970 NAB
  • The Book of Psalms – 1950 and 1955, reprinted 1959
  • The Octateuch: Genesis to Ruth – 1952 (published as Volume One)
  • The Sapiential Books (Job to Sirach) – 1955 (published as Volume Three — with Volume Two left to be filled in later)
  • The Prophetic Books (Isaias to Malachias) – 1961 (published as Volume Four)
  • The Historical Books – Samuel to Maccabees (1 Samuel to Esther; 1 and 2 Maccabees) – 1969 (published as Volume Two)

Because of the hybrid nature of the various versions of the Confraternity Bible, it has been referred to as the "Douay-Confraternity Bible", referencing the fact that the Old Testament section was made up partly of books from the Challoner-Douay Old Testament and partly from books translated or revised by the CCD Publishers released "Confraternity Bibles" up to 1969, always indicating to what extent they featured Confraternity translations of the Old Testament. They typically included some variation on the following description of the edition's Old Testament contents: "With the New Confraternity of Christian Doctrine Translation of the First Eight Books, the Seven Sapiential Books, and the Eighteen Prophetic Books of the Old Testament. The balance is in the Douay Version."[2]

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  1. ^ "Confraternity", Bibles, Wikidot.
  2. ^ "Douay Confraternity", Bibles, Wikidot.