20 January 1998
he Catholic University of America Press has received a challenge grant of $380,600 from the National Endowment for the Humanities. When matched three-to-one by private gifts, the resulting endowment will provide income to support the development and publication of the Library of Early Christianity, a new series of texts with facing-page translations of the writings of the best minds of early Christianity.
"Each volume in the series will include the best available edition of the original text and a new translation from the languages of the Christian Near East as well as the Greek and Latin languages of the West," said David J. McGonagle, CUA Press director and lecturer in Greek and Latin. "When a sufficient number of volumes are in print, we may issue them in electronic form."
The Press is well positioned to publish the series because of university resources available in the Early Christian Studies Program and several departments - Greek and Latin, Semitics, philosophy, theology, and Church history. The Press will soon publish the 100th volume of the Fathers of the Church: A New Translation, a series of translations of Early Christian Greek and Latin texts.
Catholic University was established in 1887 as a graduate institution in the European tradition; the university has offered undergraduate programs since 1904. The university is the only American university with ecclesiastical faculties granting canonical degrees in theology, philosophy and canon law. Private and coeducational, the university has 10 schools, including law, nursing, arts & sciences, architecture & planning, engineering, library and information science, religion & religious education, philosophy, social service, and music.
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