The goal of the NRSV Updated Edition is to offer a readable and accurate version of the Holy Bible to the global English-speaking community for public worship and personal study, for scholarship and study in classrooms, and for informing faith and action in response to God.
The NRSVue is informed by the results of discovery and study of hundreds of ancient manuscripts, such as the Dead Sea Scrolls, in the more than thirty years since the first publication of the NRSV.
With new textual evidence, historical insights, and philological understandings, the NRSVue brings greater precision in interpreting Scripture today. With modern scholarship applied to ancient texts, the NRSV Updated Edition is designed to help readers explore the meanings of ancient texts in light of the cultures that produced them with unprecedented readability, accessibility, and inclusivity.
We are pleased to present you with what we can in full confidence call “the world’s most meticulously researched, rigorously reviewed, and faithfully accurate” English-language Bible translation.
Elegantly rendered, the NRSV Updated Edition is intended to be as literal as possible to make the meaning of scripture as clear to the most dedicated biblical scholar as it is to the lay reader.
This new NRSV edition is the most extensively updated English-language Bible translation available on the worldwide market to date.
The National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. (NCC) commissioned the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) to review and update the NRSV.
The New Revised Standard Version Updated Edition (NRSVue) can claim a well-known line from the 1611 preface to the King James Version: “We never thought from the beginning that we should need to make a new translation … but to make a good one better.”
Together with religious leaders from diverse communities of faith, the NCC and Friendship Press join in the conviction that the Scriptures offer good news of God’s love—wisdom to guide, hope to sustain, truth to empower, forgiveness to change, and peace to bless all of creation.