The New Revised Standard Version stands in the tradition of the great mainstream English Bible translations of the past half-millennium. The NRSV was commissioned in 1974 as an update of the RSV. Its purpose was to fine-tune the translation process in light of advances in the study of Semitic languages, as well as recent documentary discoveries such as the Dead Sea Scrolls.
The NRSV builds on the legacy of the RSV as a highly accurate “formal equivalence” translation with great scholarly integrity. It speaks across a wide range of traditions and denominations. Today, the NRSV is used in many university classes, theological colleges, church halls, and also by Bible scholars.