Great Sunday (or Any Day) Listening

by Michael Potemra

Monsignor Ronald Knox (1888–1957), a prominent convert from Anglicanism to Roman Catholicism, was a noted literary stylist, and his midcentury translation of the Bible into English will soon be republished by Baronius Press. I like his translation, especially his New Testament, which is eloquent and beautiful. (I like his Old Testament somewhat less, because he made a programmatic decision to render it in a faux-archaic style. As anyone who has grappled with the Hebrew Scriptures can tell you, they can be hard enough to understand without a translator’s adding an extra layer of distancing between the text and the reader.) If you go on this website and scroll down, you will find a section titled “The Spoken New Testament read by the Rev. Hugh Thwaites SJ”: a free listen-on-demand audio recording of the Knox translation of the four Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, and the Book of Revelation. Father Thwaites’s voice is both clear and pleasant, and he does justice to Knox’s lovely rendition.

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