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New Testament Studies: NRSVue

Resources available at Yale Divinity Library for New Testament studies.

Introducing the New Revised Standard Version Updated Edition (NRSVue)

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.

For the Hebrew Bible, revisions resulted from new manuscript discoveries. By contrast, revisions to the New Testament text primarily take the form of language changes to conform to "modern sensibilities." Examples from the press website include:

  • changes "slave woman" to "enslaved woman" (Galatians)
  • changes "wise men" to "magi" (Gospel of Matthew)
  • changes "demoniacs, epileptics and paralytics" to "people possessed by demons or having epilepsy or afflicted with paralysis" (Gospel of Matthew)
  • adding capitalization to Jewish High Holy Days
  • changes "servant-girl" to "female servant" (Mark 14:69)

Resources for the NRSVue

As of January 2022, the NRSVue is available electronically.

NRSVue, Holy Bible (August 2022)

NRSVue Permissions Policy

Not in print until August 2022, the NRSVue does not yet carry a formal permissions policy. For sake of consistency, follow the previous edition guidelines:

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)