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Capitalization in english translations of the Gospel of Matthew

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This chapter discusses the subject of capitalization in recent English translations of the Bible, and specifically capitalization in the Gospel of Matthew. We have seen in recent years a notable series of new English translations of the Bible. The King James Version (KJV) still exercises a remarkable influence both in the Church and among students of English literature. Solid and wide-spread influence, however, has deservedly been exercised by the Revised Standard Version (RSV), first published in complete form, including the Apocrypha, in 1957. Noteworthy developments in Roman Catholic scholarship, especially since 1943, have made possible two outstanding translations made essentially from the original languages: the Jerusalem Bible (JB) whose English form dates from 1966, and the New American Bible (NAB), published in 1970. The chapter presents examples of the way in which passages in the English translation of the Gospel of Matthew use capitalization to bring out meaning.

Keywords: Apocrypha; Gospel English translations; Jerusalem Bible; New American Bible (NAB); Roman Catholic scholarship



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