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|RSV Bible Anniversary,
Awards, Resolutions Conclude NCC Assembly
November 16, 2002, TAMPA, Fla. -- Joy and reverence marked the National Council of Churches General Assembly's celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, as translators shared what it means to them to work so closely with the Bible's sacred texts.
"Translation is a serious business," Dr. Walter J. Harrelson reflected at the dinner celebration in Tampa, Fla., Nov. 16, which concluded the assembly's Nov. 14-16 annual meeting. The Bible is "a reality so mysterious and powerful that it has opened the eyes of many through the centuries. It's a text that has claimed our own lives."
The NCC holds the copyright on the RSV -- of which the Old and New Testaments were published Sept. 30, 1952 -- and its successor, the New Revised Standard Version Bible, published in 1989.
The Rev. Arthur (Bud) O. Van Eck, former director of the NCC's Bible Translation and Utilization work, described the decision to keep the Revised Standard Version in print, not terminate it upon publication of the New Revised Standard Version. "People love it," he said of the RSV.
A second celebration of the golden anniversary of the Revised Standard Version of the Bible is slated for a luncheon on Monday, November 25, during the meetings in Toronto of the American Association of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature.
Also at the Saturday night dinner:
On Saturday, the NCC General Assembly also:
approved establishment of an NCC-wide planning commission to recommend next steps in ecumenical work around the issue of genetic engineering. The commission is to bring its recommendations to the May 2003 meeting of the NCC Executive Board. Click here for the resolution's text.
voted unanimously to call on the Israeli government to recognize the August 2001 canonical election of His Beatitude Irenaios as Patriarch of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem. Without that recognition, explained NCC President Elenie Huszagh, the Patriarchate is unable to function as a legal entity in Israel, and is thus unable to oversee properly the Holy Shrines and other property under its jurisdiction and to operate the schools, hospitals and other institutions through which is serves Greek Orthodox Christians in the Holy Land. The American Jewish Committee repeatedly has asked the Israeli government to recognize Patriarch Irenaios, she noted. Click here for the resolution's text.
Also on Saturday:
Index to Stories and Documentation from the 2002 General Assembly:
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