New Revised Standard Version

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The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) of the Bible, released in 1989, is an update of the Revised Standard Version (RSV).

There are three editions of the NRSV:

  1. the NRSV standard edition, containing the Old and New Testaments (Protestant canon);
  2. the NRSV with the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books in addition to the Old and New Testaments;
  3. the NRSV Catholic Edition containing the Old Testament books in the order of the Vulgate.

The NRSV has received acceptance among a broad range of Christian churches including the Catholic church, nearly three dozen Protestant churches, and at least one Greek Orthodox leader.

Although the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Vatican approve only the New American Bible for liturgical use, the NRSV is used in the American edition of the Catechism. Several versions of the Bible, including the NRSV, carry an imprimatur.

There are also Anglicised editions of the NRSV, which modify the text slightly to be consistent with British spelling and grammar.

History

The NRSV was translated by the Division of Christian Education (now Bible Translation and Utilization) of the National Council of Churches, an ecumenical Christian group. There has also been Jewish representation in the group responsible for the Old Testament.

Only one of the translators of the main original RSV, Harry Orlinsky, was also involved with the NRSV. However, the Chairman of the NRSV translators, Bruce Metzger, had been involved with the RSV Apocrypha.

The revisions made to the RSV include: more accurate translations due to newly found manuscripts, modernizing archaic English (such as "thee" and "thou"), and the use of gender-inclusive language, which has been criticized by some conservative Christians. For example, where Paul says "Brothers" in the original Greek (adelphoi), the NRSV says "Brothers and sisters."

An alternative revision of the RSV that does not use gender-inclusive language was published in 2001: the English Standard Version (ESV).

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