New Bible No Booty?!

By: Kara Gilmour - Staff Writer
Published: Mar 3, 2021

New Bible No Booty. A new bible will have no mention of the word booty, according to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. In addition, the 2011 translation of the Bible will replace “virgin” with “young woman.”

This Bible will be put out by a bishops group based in Washington. This latest edition of the New American Bible is due out March 9. It will be more accurate and more accessible than previous versions, USA Today reported Wednesday.

It was compiled by a team of 50 scholars and translators assisted by language experts, theologians and bishops. Among the changes in the new version is the replacing of the word “booty” with “spoils” of war. The word booty, which has become American slang for buttocks, has been known to elicit snickers from school children. The 2011 version also replaces the word “virgin” in Isaiah 7:14 with “the young woman,” explaining the original Hebrew word, almah, may or may not refer to a virgin.

The USCCB is the episcopal conference of the Catholic Church in the U.S. It was founded in 1966 as the joint National Conference of Catholic Bishops and U.S. Catholic Conference. It is composed of all active and retired members of the Catholic hierarchy in the U.S. and the Territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands. In the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the bishops in the six dioceses form their own episcopal conference, the Puerto Rican Episcopal Conference. The bishops in U.S. insular areas in the Pacific Ocean — the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Territory of American Samoa, and the Territory of Guam — are members of the Episcopal Conference of the Pacific.


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