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NRSV: How a Close Scripture Reading Informs Social Action

Browse the print editions of the NRSV Bible translation in the Bible Gateway Store where you'll enjoy low prices every dayRenowned for its beautiful balance of scholarship and readability and vetted by Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox, Evangelical, and Jewish scholars, the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) faithfully serves the church in personal spiritual formation, in the liturgy, and in the academy.

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Read about the two greatest commandments in Matthew 22:37-40 (NRSV) and the Parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37 (NRSV).

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From the NRSV Preface

[A]mong the mandates given to the [NRSV translation] Committee in 1980…was the directive to continue in the tradition of the King James Bible, but to introduce such changes as are warranted on the basis of accuracy, clarity, euphony, and current English usage. Within the constraints set by the original texts…the Committee has followed the maxim, “As literal as possible, as free as necessary.” As a consequence, the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) remains essentially a literal translation….

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