The New Revised Standard Version Updated Edition (NRSVue) is an updated English translation that listened broadly and closely to the variety of faith-based constituencies reading the Bible in our current times. It emerges as a testament to what translations should be when they intentionally engage members of the National Council of Churches of Christ Historic Black Churches and other diverse Christian communities and scholars historically absent from the translation endeavors of our English Bibles. Thus, this NRSVue marks the first step in capturing the diverse voices and reading strategies of Christians in North America and beyond while sticking closely to the original context and meaning of the Bible in its original languages. I commend this translation to our churches and its leaders, lay readership, and students of the Bible as a tool for accessing the meaning and significance of the biblical text for the past, present, and forward into our collective, faithful future.
Itinerant Elder in African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME
The NRSV Updated Edition brings a treasured and trusted translation of the Bible firmly into the first half of the twenty-first century. Numerous changes—from punctuation to spelling to new renderings—serve to solidify this version’s place as indeed the new standard in English (language) versions of Holy Scripture.
The NRSV Updated Edition provides a much-needed update to this long-beloved academic translation, ironing out inconsistencies and inaccuracies while striving to attend to the most pressing needs of today’s reader.
Roberts Wesleyan College
I am likely to use the NRSV Updated Edition for teaching in undergraduate, graduate, and professional contexts and will encourage those in my denomination to make use of it as well. …it will be vital to have a thorough, critical, and accessible introduction to this updated edition that: helps readers understand its relationship to the RSV and NRSV; sheds light on the intersection of translation and social context; and helps readers appreciate the historical and interpretive dimensions of translation as art.
University of Notre Dame
Digging into God’s word with the NRSV Updated Edition will keep you close to the truth of the Scriptures, and help you find new ways of understanding your own faith as you live it out in the world. Reading and studying the NRSV Updated Edition is also the best way to combine your love of humanity with the best scholarship on the Bible for sharing your faith in community.
With the most diverse team of contributors of any translation, the NRSVue comes as a fresh wind at a critical time for the Church and the global community. I celebrate the integrity demonstrated throughout the entire process to produce a version of our sacred scripture that continues to speak prophetically and pastorally to believers and seekers, while advancing its value to academicians. We rejoice in the fact that the NRSVue is an incredible work by scholars, an authentic act of worship through community, and a gracious gift of the Spirit.
AME Zion Church
Accurate. Readable. Benefitting from thirty years of new textual discoveries, attentive to the evolving English language. The New Revised Standard Version Updated Edition is the Bible I will reach for first every time.
Bethany Memorial Church, Bethany WV, former General Minister and President Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
By adopting a more inclusive language, the NRSV-Update version offers an egalitarian representation of humanity while accurately rendering the biblical text into today’s idiomatic English. This well-choreographed and carefully performed tandem between the world-in-the text and the modern reader’s world makes this version a worthwhile read.
Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology
This important and timely update to the NRSV is an invaluable tool for the classroom. I look forward to using this resource to introduce students to the complexities of translation, the mysteries of manuscripts, and the influence of even a single iota.
Enlightening. Spiritual. Scholarly. The updated biblical language of the NRSVue provides contemporary clarity and hermeneutical accuracy. This update is critical to the scriptural analysis of undergraduates, seminarians, and graduate students in the general disciplines of religious studies. Furthermore, this translation proves pivotal to the spiritual formation of theologically conscious laypersons in Christian congregations.
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
The NRSV Updated Edition offers clarity and advancement while preserving tradition. The NRSVue is by far the most comprehensive and highly regarded translation among translations. The NRSVue is now the new benchmark.
Howard University School of Divinity
I am delighted to see the arrival of this 30th anniversary NRSV Updated Edition Bible, a work remarkable both for retaining the impressive scholarship of past translations and for offering important and necessary changes for our 21st-century context. This truly is a Bible for our time, for our mission and ministry.
The Episcopal Church
The Bible is central to our Christian faith; an informed, accurate translation is essential! The NRSV Updated Edition follows in the footsteps of the RSV and the NRSV , as a trustworthy rendition of Holy Scripture for faith, instruction, and personal devotion. Like the NRSV , it will now become my go-to translation for its accuracy and its beauty.
Friendship Press, Inc.
“The revisions to the text made the reading experience more elegant and effortless in many places. It was a pleasure to experience renewed meaning emerge in several instances in which the text was amended from the previous iteration of the NRSV. I am confident that I will enjoy exploring this updated translation in my personal study and using it in settings of worship to draw communities of faith into the ancient texts of sacred scripture. I am deeply appreciative of the work that has gone into this effort.
Old Cambridge Baptist Church of Cambridge, Mass.
American Baptist Chaplain to Harvard University
The NRSV Updated Edition is the quintessential exemplar of English Bible translations in our contemporary world. It is the most historically accurate, compellingly clear, and broadly vetted English language translation I know. Academic reliability and everyday readability meet each other on every page. Furthermore, Jewish and Christian readers of all stripes can find in it a work that will be good for faith, study, and wisdom for many years to come.
Perkins School of Theology
Southern Methodist University
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.
The NRSV Updated Edition Bible incorporates many key advances in biblical scholarship, even as it strives to use prose that is readable and language that is inclusive. As a result, it will be among my “go-to” Bibles when using English translations in teaching, worship, and even academic settings.
Saint Anselm College
We are excited to present what I believe to be one of the most lovingly revised translations to date. When we embarked on this journey our goal was to increase the accessibility of Scripture. This update with its attention to accuracy, clarity, inclusivity and readability has far exceeded even our wildest expectations.
National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.
…I firmly believe that a translation informed by the textual witnesses and modern sensitivities furthers the Christian life and the ministry of the gospel. I regard the NRSV Updated Edition, as standing squarely, but not stiffly, in this theological stance, for it cannot do otherwise. I hope that the NRSV Updated Edition gets circulated…even more widely that the NRSV did and contributes to the furtherance of the gospel and the extension of the awaited reign of God.
New York Theological Seminary
The NRSV has become the go-to translation for my circle of academic colleagues, pastors, and laity. Once the update is published, I will encourage everyone I know and associate with to purchase and use the NRSV Updated Edition.
American Baptist Seminary of the West & Graduate Theological Union