I received in the mail, from the Pauline Sisters in Africa, these two new editions of the New African Bible. The New African Bible was published back in 2011 and includes the New American Bible Revised Edition translation with completely new intros and commentary. I wanted to give you all a sneak peak of the standard hardbound edition, which is in a single-column setting, and the compact edition. More to come in the coming weeks when I hopefully have a bit more time to write up a proper review. However, if you have any questions, feel free to comment here. Also, below is some additional information on the New African Bible from the Paulines site. To order, you can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SECOND EDITION OF “THE AFRICAN BIBLE”!
This second edition of “The African Bible”, from now on, will be called “The New African Bible” and rightly so. The features are the same. However, this new edition contains the revised version of the Old Testament from the New American Bible. The New Testament was already revised in the first edition. The revision was done over 35 years in order to bring the biblical text closer to the original texts. Introductions, comments and notes have been revised and many added. The Glossary comes to you with many more entries, making it a precious tool for students and those who want to deepen relevant specific topics. New illustrations were also added. The African Bible now has 2240 pages and it costs only US$ 15.00. A golden-edge edition is also available and it costs only US$ 25.00.
In summary, The African Bible presents the following characteristics:
•Introductions to each book giving updated information about the book and the theological and pastoral relevance for Africa today.
•Explanatory notes are provided in the various domains of exegesis, theol¬ogy and spirituality as well as in catechesis and pastoral ministry.
•The comments, running alongside the biblical text, work as a key to un¬derstand a chapter or a section of the book and to see the relevance of the passage in Africa today.
•The illustrations aim at making the historical background easier to understand and offer an artistic insight into some texts.
•The Bible is enriched by cross-references, the 3-year cycle of liturgical readings, the chronology,’ and the glossary/thematic index.
I have the previous African Bible and use it frequently (it was given me by the late Bishop Trevor Rhodes on the occasion of my Ordination). One thing lacking is a Concordance though, it has a Glossary/Thematic Index only. I wonder if the ‘new’ version has one?