Commission of the Episcopal Conference Challenges Readers to Contribute to Improve the Text
Lisbon, 01 Nov2021 (Ecclesia) – The Commission for the Translation of the Bible of the Portuguese Episcopal Conference (CEP) released today the provisional text of the book of Exodus, the second of the Old Testament, to gather contributions from readers, “in order to improve its understandability”.
The text is accompanied by an introduction, in which the contents of the book are presented, the first 15 chapters related “the departure of the children of Israel from Egypt”.
“The title of Exodus gained an even more pertinent definition with the importance that its theme and its hermeneutics accumulated throughout the Bible and history. Applying specifically to the memories and reading of history and theology according to the experience of the Israelites, the themes of the Exodus are also acquired for other peoples, for whom the liberation from oppression was equally clear”, he says.
In addition to a description of the content, an introduction addresses the literary history and authorship of the second biblical book, “a lattice above all of narrative pieces and sets of commandments”.
The CEP commission also presents the “theological meaning” of the book of Exodus, based on the “theme of liberation from slavery”.
Since August, a new book of the Bible is available monthly in digital format, also through the channels of the ECCLESIA Agency.
In March 2019, the Portuguese Episcopal Conference presents the first volume of the new translation of the Bible into Portuguese made by 34 researchers from the original languages, with the publication of the edition of ‘The Four Gospels and the Psalms’.