NRSV Updated Edition Endorsements

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.

Robert Wilson Black, PhD, CEO


…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.

Jin H. Han, PhD, Professor of Biblical Studies, and Editor-in-Chief of The Living Pulpit

New York Theological Seminary

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.

The Right Reverend W. Darin Moore, Bishop in The AME Zion Church and Past Chair of the National Council of Churches, USA

AME Zion Church

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.

C. R. Robertson, The Rev. Canon

The Episcopal Church

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.

Shively T. J. Smith, Assistant Professor of New Testament

Boston University

Itinerant Elder in African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME

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.

Anna M. V. Bowden, PhD Visiting Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at Albion College

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.

Dr. Kristin Helms, Associate Professor of Biblical Studies

Roberts Wesleyan College

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.

Rev. Jermaine J. Marshall, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor of Historical Theology, Interdenominational Theological Center and Secretary, General Conference & General Connectional Board

Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

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.

Gilberto A. Ruiz, Associate Professor of Theology, Saint Anselm College

Saint Anselm College