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Monsignor Ronald Knox was commissioned in 1939 by the Bishops of England and Wales to produce a fresh translation of the Holy Scripture and, for the next nine years, he worked alone to achieve this task. He used Pope Clement VIII's edition of the Latin Vulgate as a base for his translation, diligently comparing it to Greek, Hebrew, Syriac and Chaldean manuscripts to determine the meaning of ambiguous passages.
The Knox Bible is the ideal translation for those looking to deepen their understanding of the Holy Scriptures. It was hailed as the finest translation of the 20th Century, approved for liturgical use and was endorsed by Pope Pius XII, Archbishop Fulton Sheen and many more. It is spiritual and literary, graceful and lyrical, making it one of the most beautiful vernacular versions of the Holy Bible.
The unique features of the Knox Bible are:
- Translated from the Latin Vulgate and compared with the Greek and Hebrew Texts single handedly by Ronald Knox over nine years.
- Uses timeless English, which is both sacral and reverent.
- Set in a single-column format with verse references placed at the side of the text in order to provide a clear and easily readable Bible.
- Was hailed as the finest translation of the 20th Century, was approved for liturgical use and was endorsed by Pope Pius XII, Archbishop Fulton Sheen and many more.
- The full Bible is now available again for the first time in over 50 years, in an edition from Baronius Press, beautifully bound in leather with gold page edges.
- Included with this new edition is a paperback edition of On Englishing the Bible (5.5" x 8", 72 pages) in which Msgr. Knox describes his account of the ordeal, which manages to be both illuminating and full of his wit. Anyone wishing to know more about Knox's translation—and the problems involved in rendering the sacred Scriptures into the vernacular—will be fascinated to hear from the translator himself how he tackled this mammoth project.
|Format: Genuine Leather|
Number of Pages: 1456
Vendor: Baronius Press
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.25 X 6.0 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
References: Side Column
|Text Layout: Single Column|
Text Color: Black Letter
Text Size: 9 Point
Note Size: 7 Point
Thumb Index: No
Ribbon Marker: Yes
Page Gilding: Gold
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Ronald Knox's translation of the Bible remains an exceptional achievement both of scholarship and of literary dedication. Again and again it successfully avoids conventional options and gives the scriptural text a fresh flavour, often with a brilliantly idiosyncratic turn of phrase. It most certainly deserves republication, study and use.
Archbishop Rowan Williams
Msgr. Knox had a profound love for Sacred Scripture, a passion was to make the Bible accessible to as many people as possible … In the Knox translation, clarity is paramount.
Dr. Scott Hahn
Praiseworthy achievement … a monument of many years of patient study and toil.
Ven. Pope. Pius XII
I am delighted at the republication of Mgr Ronald Knox's translation of the Bible. It was my father's favourite translation and I can remember the trouble he went to in order to replace a lost edition of the New Testament. Mgr Knox was a distinguished priest of the Diocese of Westminster and such a gifted preacher and giver of retreats. His memorable phrases are still quoted. He brought that same skill, together with considerable scholarship, to the immense task of Biblical translation. Many will welcome this new publication of his achievement.
Archbishop Vincent Nichols
Mgr. Knox's version continues to merit attention, and I welcome the publication of this new edition, as his remarkable work is likely to continue to be of interest for many years to come. I sincerely hope that many will read and profit from this new edition.
Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor
Vincent5 Stars Out Of 5Knox Bible is a hidden gem.October 23, 2014VincentQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Beautifully printed. Unforgettable and incomparable translation in the Roman Catholic tradition.
PD55Colorado, USAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5A Beautiful BibleJuly 23, 2013PD55Colorado, USAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I do wish the font was a bit larger. Text goes across the whole page, not two columns. I wear reading glasses and the print would be ideal if it was about half a point bigger. Daily readings are no problem.
Solid binding, well packaged, quick service.
Timothy5 Stars Out Of 5Fantastic BibleMay 12, 2013TimothyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This Bible is beautifully made and crafted in such a way that it will last a lifetime. Now on to what Baronius Press has done with Msgr. Knox's translation. What immediately stands out is the craftsmanship involved in producing this volume. (I have experienced this type of quality production before with their Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary volume.) The quality of the binding, the paper, ribbon markers, and endpapers make this Bible standout from all of the other ones I own. This Bible is sturdy, yet very comfortable to read both by placing it flat on a table or by holding it in your hand or lap. This is the case no matter where in the text you are reading, from Genesis to Revelation (the Apocalypse). While this is not a portable, compact Bible, it can easily be brought to study and prayer groups, even Holy Mass. It is simply a standard sized Bible. I wonder if Baronius Press will eventually make different editions of the Knox Bible, like in a compact form or flexible leather, similar to what they have done with their Douay-Rheims editions.
For me, the highlight of this Bible is its single-column page layout. It is very easy on the eyes, and the quality cream colored Bible paper minimizes any issues with ghosted print image from the reverse of the page. That being said, I am not sure if I will ever write in this Bible. It is just too pretty! While having the verse numbers on the side can be a bit tricky at first, it becomes quite easy to use after only a few minutes. The many notes, both textual and commentary, from Msgr. Knox are clearly visible at the bottom of each page. I should mention that while there are not a ton of cross-references in this Bible, the notes in the New Testament do indicate where there are direct quotes from the Old Testament, as well as referencing similar passages found in the among the four Gospels. In addition, there are cross-references in the notes in the Old Testament as well, but not as many as are found in the New Testament.
If there is one criticism, and this is only minor, I would have appreciated a small selection of Bible maps in the appendix. The older Knox Bible that I own contained two line-drawn maps, which would have been a nice conclusion to this beautiful Bible. While it is always nice to have "the extras" with any Bible edition you purchase, the quality of this Bible allows me to easily overlook this minor omission.
PeterCentral FloridaAge: 55-65Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Very nice product and a great translationJanuary 18, 2013PeterCentral FloridaAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This Bible met my expectations quite well, Baronius Press publications always do! The Knox translation is of the Clementine Vulgate which is itself a Latin translation of very old Greek and Hebrew manuscripts. The result is a fairly "dynamic equivalent" version made by a highly talented Oxford educated priest and teacher (friend of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien). The language reflects Msgr. Knox faith and erudition. I enjoy reading this version for personal reflection and lectio divina.
What's not to like? I would like rounded edges on the pages, these are square cut. I would like a flexible leather bound version, this is hardboard with bonded leather cover. Thumb indexing would be nice too.
What not to do. I had my name impressed in gold on lower right cover. In the center of the lower cover the words "Knox Version" are already impressed. I should have known the two would clash a bit and they do.
The Knox version is a high point of 20th century pre-Vatican II Catholic scholarship, I recommend it highly.
JunePhoenix, AZAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Fantastic Study Bible!December 26, 2012JunePhoenix, AZAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The font is easy to read. The paper is of high quality. The bible is very beautiful.
Q: What font is the KNOX bible printed in?
This edition has been re-typeset using the text of the 1963 edition. The font size is 9 point.