The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


No 'virgin' or 'booty'

A new edition of the New American Bible, released March 9, replaces old references with ones the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops call "more accurate, more accessible and more poetic."

Intended for U.S. Roman Catholic study and prayer, the Bible's editors use: "spoils" of war instead of "booty," "burnt offering" instead of "holocaust," and — based on the use of the original Hebrew word, almah — "young woman" instead of "virgin" in Isaiah 7:14.

The changes don't affect the Vatican-approved Scriptures read during mass.


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