New Portuguese translation of Bible text already available

Readers can contribute to improve comprehensibility of the text.
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The provisional version of the translation into Portuguese of the First Letter of Peter has already been made available on the website of the Portuguese Bishops’ Conference (CEP). The text, which is part of the New Testament, was made available this January

A new translation of the Bible is being launched since last year through the websites of CEP and the Christian news agency Ecclesia at a rate of one book per month, with readers being able to contribute to improving the understanding of the text by email. When the first book was launched, the coordinator of the Bible Translation Commission, Father Mário de Sousa, said that the challenge was to maintain fidelity to the original languages and, at the same time, to be “understandable for today’s readers”.

Authorship of the First Letter of Peter is questioned today

According to Catholic tradition, the First Letter of Peter was written by the apostle of Jesus Christ: “The author of the letter introduces himself to the recipients as Peter, apostle of Jesus Christ, priest like them, witness of the sufferings of Christ,” say the translators in the introduction, adding that the text is addressed “to the elect of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia” and “to communities made up predominantly of Christians of pagan origin and of low social status

However, this Catholic tradition is challenged by more recent research: “In the modern age, however, some objections have been raised to this tradition, taking into account, for example, the register of Greek used, which would not be typical of a fisherman like Peter, and the absence of direct references to Jesus of Nazareth, which a disciple close to Jesus would need to present”, they note.

Despite this issue, the text has “some significant theological themes”: “It has as its backdrop the nature of Christian life, begun with baptism, and the idea that in all circumstances, especially hostile ones, the point of reference is always the Lord Jesus, dead and risen, in such a way that one could summarize the doctrine of the letter as a reflection on the suffering and passion of Christ as a model of Christian life,” the Commission states

The provisional version is available on the CEP website

The First Letter (or Epistle) of Peter is one of the twenty-seven books of the New Testament

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