*The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has ordered up a new translation of the Bible, one it says is more accurate, more  accessible and more poetic.

Now “booty,” a word that sets off snickers in Sunday school, will be replaced by the “spoils” of war when the newest edition of the New American Bible, the English-language Catholic Bible, comes out on Ash  Wednesday, March 9.

“We needed a new translation because  English is a living language,” says retired  auxiliary bishop of Milwaukee Richard Sklba,  part of the review and editing team.

Fifty scholars and translators, linguistics  experts, theologians and five bishops spent  17 years on the project. They were immersed  in original manuscripts, the Dead Sea Scrolls and archaelogy findings unearthed since  research behind the current text, published  in 1970.

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