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The Bible CauseA History of the American Bible Society$
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John Fea

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190253066

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190253066.001.0001

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Good News

Good News

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The Bible Cause

John Fea

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the translation and cultural history of Good News for Modern Man or Today’s English Version. It starts with the translation theory of dynamic equivalence behind the translation and introduces translator Eugene Nida, one of the most important Bible translators of the twentieth-century and the head of ABS translations, to the book’s narrative arc. This chapter examines the Good News for Modern Man as a cultural phenomenon, exploring its mass-market appeal, its place among American Catholics, and the story of its illustrator, Anne Valloton. Finally, this chapter examines the reviews of the Good News Bible and the letters the ABS received about its publication.

Keywords:   Good News for Modern Man, Bible in America, Eugene Nida, Anne Carrolton, Catholicism, mass paperbacks

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