Back in 2017, the National Council of Churches (NCC) entered an agreement with the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) to revise the New Revised Standard Version. The original announcement was printed on page 7 of the 2017 SBL annual report here. There are three broad goals for the revision:
- Incorporating new insights from text criticism and philology
- Improving the textual notes and ensuring that notes consistently identify text-critical issues.
- Improving style and rendering, consistent with the NRSV’s original translation philosophy: “as literal as possible, as free as necessary.”
Since the original announcement, it’s been difficult to track down any notable updates or news. I recently did some digging and found this job listing for section review leaders on the NRSV revision project. The original announcement listed the members of the editorial board. It appears that the section review leaders will work at an intermediate level, interfacing with scholars who are working on each individual book and making recommendations to the NCC Advisory Committee and publication staff.
This job description provides a lot more background information on the revision process. For anyone who is interested, I highly recommend taking a look. Here are a few details:
- The working name for the new translation is the New Revised Standard Version, Updated Edition of the Bible (NRSV-UE).
There are six goals listed for the NRSV-UE:
- Allow for normative interpretations of Christian faith and practices
- Provide space for diverse forms of expression and belief
- Honor the written traditions of the biblical Hebrew community and New Testament Church as the people of God
- Recognize the life and centrality of Jesus Christ, the testimony of the prophets, and the teachings of the apostles in the scriptures as part of the witness to the traditions of revelation
- Provide for ways to encourage individual and communal usage of scripture in prayer and spiritual practices, learning and liturgy, worship and witness in Christian faith communities
- Affirm God’s will for unity while respecting the diversity of experiences, traditions, and visions presented in the Scriptures