Oremus Bible Browser – The New Revised Standard Version of the Bible

By lan Warner

The New Revised Standard Version of the Bible (NRSV) was published in 1989 and has received the widest acclaim and use amongst academics and leaders in the church of any of the English translations of the modern era.


The Bible For Any Christian – Oremus Bible Browser

Rooted in the right tradition, but still very useful for today, the NRSV continues the tradition of William Tyndale, the King James Version, the American Standard Version, and the Revised Standard Version. By mixing these different versions, a new modern standard has been set.

Why The Oremus Bible Browser (NRSV) Stands Out 

  • As Literal As Possible
  • Text is free and flexible as it needs to be
  • Creates a clear understanding of the text but does not move the grace
  • Draws on new sources that older versions did not have access to
  • Sources like the Dead Sea Scrolls and other archaeological finds from the modern era
  • New understandings of Greek and Hebrew grammar for the Old and New Testament

The NRSV differs from the RSV in four primary ways:

  • Updating the language of the RSV,
  • Getting rid of old forms of speech addressed to God (Thee, Thou, wast, dost, etc.), and by
  • Updating words whose meaning has changed significantly since the RSV translation
  • Making the translation as accurate and literal as possible
  • Helping to improve its clarity, especially for reading it out loud
  • Creating a clearer picture of gender roles

The Bible Translation is Used by Many Different Churches

  • The ecumenical NRSV Bible Translation Committee consists of thirty men and women who are among the top scholars in America today. They come from Protestant denominations, the Roman Catholic church, and the Greek Orthodox Church. The committee also includes a Jewish scholar to help provide a balanced perspective.
  • The RSV was the only major translation in English that included both the standard Protestant canon and the books that are traditionally used by Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christians (the so-called “Apocryphal” or “Deuterocanonical” books). Standing in this tradition, the NRSV is available in three ecumenical formats: a standard edition with or without the Apocrypha, a Roman Catholic Edition, which has the so-called “Apocryphal” or “Deuterocanonical” books in the Roman Catholic canonical order, and The Common Bible, which includes all books that belong to the Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Orthodox canons.
  • The NRSV stands out among the many translations available today as the Bible translation that is the most widely “authorized” by the churches. It received the endorsement of thirty-three Protestant churches. It received the imprimatur of the American and Canadian Conferences of Catholic bishops. And it received the blessing of a leader of the Greek Orthodox Church.

Conclusion of the Oremus Bible Browser – The New Revised Standard Version of the Bible

The Bible is one of the best versions you can get your hands on. It has the clout and respect of the ESV with the smooth sound and clarity of the NIV. This version is made with the roots of old like the King James Version but mixed with the modern touch that many readers crave today.

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