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New Revised Standard Version Bible (NRSV)

The latest revision of the Revised Standard Version (RSV) Bible. It was published in 1989 under the authority of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA (NCCCUSA). It was the work of committees of scholars drawn mainly from Protestant churches, but also including Roman Catholic and Orthodox scholars, and a Jewish representative for the OT. The committees operated under certain principles laid down by the NCC: 1) to continue in the tradition of the King James Version; 2) to depart from that tradition only when required for accuracy, clarity, euphony, and current (American) English usage, with the result to be "as literal as possible, as free as necessary"; 3) to eliminate masculine-oriented language where the original texts were intended to be inclusive. The NRSV is authorized by the Episcopal Church for use in worship.

Glossary definitions provided courtesy of Church Publishing Incorporated, New York, NY,(All Rights reserved) from "An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church, A User Friendly Reference for Episcopalians," Don S. Armentrout and Robert Boak Slocum, editors.