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New Testament Studies: NRSV

Resources available at Yale Divinity Library for New Testament studies.

Introducing the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

First published in 1989 by the National Council of Churches, the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) updated the Revised Standard Version (RSV). The update was precipitated by advances in scholarship, like the Dead Sea Scrolls discovery. 

One dramatic change was "inclusiveness in gender language," respecting both the cultural context of the NT and the modern world. Inclusiveness of audience was a primary goal for the translation. 

The NRSV is published in several major formats, notably a Roman Catholic edition and the Common Bible (which includes all Biblical books of Protestant and Catholic tradition). The NRSV is a popular academic translation.

During the 2017 meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), a committee was formed to initiate a new update of the NRSV, to be called the NRSV Updated Edition (NRSV-UE). As of January 2022, the NRSVue is available electronically with the print publication scheduled for May, 2022. According to editors, over 10,000 substantial revisions (alongside 20,000 minor revisions) mark this updated edition. 


Resources for the NRSV

NRSV Permissions Policy

The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) may be quoted or reprinted without express written permission of the publisher under the following conditions: 

  • extent of usage amounts to fewer than 500 verses

  • extent of usage does not constitute a complete book of the NT

  • extent of usage does not exceed 50% of target publication

The copyright notice runs as follows:

  • "New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved."

For non-commercial material (e.g. bulletins):

  • The initials NRSV should follow quotations in parentheses (NRSV)

NRSV at YDL Special Collections

Records of the Bible Translation and Utilization Program, NCCUSAThe Bible Translation and Utilization Program of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America determined policy for to the NRSV. The collection relates to the final stages of the NRSV and its initial dissemination. Come via Dr. Shannon Clarkson (BTU), who was involved with the NRSV project (1988-99).