On February 26, as part of a Governing Board meeting of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA, the NCC celebrated at “re-launch” in publication of the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible. Often more known (and sometimes reviled) as the premier ecumenical council in the United States, emphasizing social justice as well as faith and order concerns, the NCC is also the owner of both the Revised Standard and New Revised Standard Versions of the Bible.
The NRSV is widely recognized as the world’s most trusted, most accepted, and most accurate translation of the Scriptures available in English. Both the RSV and NRSV have incorporated much new scholarship derived since the 20th century discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls and other archeological finds. The RSV was the first serious, scholarly effort to translate the Bible from the original texts since the 1611 Authorized Version, also known as the King James Bible.
Under a new publishing agreement with HarperCollins, attractive new editions will soon be available at outlets like Borders, Barnes and Noble, and even Walmart in addition to the more academic religious book stores. I share this, not as a commercial, but to witness to the fact that the NCC, and its partner Church World Service, make many ecumenical contributions quietly and faithfully which most people never hear about.
And “all scripture is inspired by God and us useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)