The Bible & Christian Life

The National Council of Churches is proud, through its work in Christian Education, to have produced the Revised Standard Version (1952) and New Revised Standard Version (1989) Bible translations.

The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) has received the widest acclaim and broadest support from academics and church leaders of any modern English translation. It is the only Bible translation that is as widely ecumenical: Endorsed by thirty-three Protestant churches, it has also received the imprimatur of the American and Canadian Conferences of Catholic bishops, and the blessing of a leader of the Greek Orthodox Church.

Through the Bible Translation and Utilization Committee, the NCC works to provide contemporary, ecumenical, accurate English translations of the Bible, and to promote the use of the Bible in public worship and education, and in private study and devotion. The latter ministry includes programs on Biblical literacy, translation, and interpretation, and supporting emerging scholars.

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