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Liverpool Hope University, November 2016.
David Alton, Lord Alton of Liverpool.
This year, 2016, marks 50 years since, in 1966, the English edition of the Jerusalem Bible was published.
The translation was undertaken here at Hope, at what was Christ’s College, my old College. The work was led by the brilliant scripture scholar, Fr.Alexander Jones.
J.R.R.Tolkien was one of those who contributed to the translation and it includes his translation of the Book of Jonah and an acknowledgement of his role.
Fr.Henry Wansborough OSB said “It was the first translation of the whole Bible into modern English to appear. It was an iconic presentation of the best of Catholic biblical scholarship in the previous half century.”
When, in 1969…
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