Dennis Dickerson of the American Bible society , one of the participants at the ongoing Synod of Bishops, tells us of his mission to make the message of the Bible available to all people.

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The American Bible Society presented the Biblia Polyglotta (Polyglot Bible) to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican on Tuesday, October 7th. The creation of this one-of-a-kind Bible marks the occasion of the XII Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Catholic Bishops taking place at the Vatican from October 5 to 26, 2008.

Developed in honor of the upcoming Synod of Catholic Bishops, which is themed The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church, the production of the Biblia Polyglotta heralds the beginning of a new relationship between the American Bible Society and the Holy See and is the result of an historic collaboration between the American Bible Society and the papacy. The Biblia Polyglotta bears the seals of the Vatican and the American Bible Society.

Plans are already underway for a Biblical Congress that will be held at the University Of Notre Dame during the summer of 2009 that will include the participation of the Vatican.

The Reverend Dennis C. Dickerson, Ph.D., Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Bible Society offered his gratitude in being able to share this multi-language Bible with Pope Benedict, “We join you on the journey to rediscover the Bible as a precious treasure both ancient and ever new. It is with great pleasure and happiness we return to the Bible again and again to deepen our understanding of the Word of God and rekindle our love for it.”

A polyglot Bible is a multilingual Bible in which the different texts are displayed in parallel columns. A massive undertaking for the Bible Society, the Biblia Polyglotta features the Old Testament in five languages: Hebrew/Aramaic, Greek, Latin, English and Spanish; and the New Testament in four languages: Greek, Latin, English and Spanish.

One of the things highlighted in the working document for the Synod of Bishops is the importance of Lectio Divina within the Catholic tradition. Lectio Divina, a dynamic centuries-old method for Bible reading and reflection, is an integral part of the devotional life of the Catholic Church. The American Bible Society currently conducts Lectio Divina workshops and training sessions in Catholic parishes around the country.

The 3200 page Bible took biblical scholars at the American Bible Society over a year-and-a-half to complete. Dedicated to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, the leather-bound volume is embellished with gold and silver titles. Brazilian artist Cl?�?¡udio Pastro, a specialist in Sacred Art, provided the artwork.

All those attending the Synod will receive copies of this Bible. An additional one thousand copies of the Biblia Polyglotta will become the official biblical gift of the Holy See to heads of state and other dignitaries.

About the American Bible Society

Founded in 1816 and headquartered in New York City, the mission of the American Bible Society is to make the Bible available to every person in a language and format each can understand and afford, so that all people may experience its life-changing message. The American Bible Society Web site is