Accurate. Beautiful. Trusted.
Renowned for its beautiful balance of scholarship and readability, the NRSV faithfully serves the church in personal spiritual formation, in the liturgy, and in the academy. The foremost Bible translation vetted by Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox, Evangelical, and Jewish scholars invites you to deeply explore Scripture. This edition places the apocryphal and deuterocanonical books between the Old and New Testaments. These include books found in the Roman Catholic, Greek, and Slavonic Bibles as well as books found in the Vulgate and Greek Bible index.
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About as close as one gets to he ideal
There will never be a perfect translation, of the Bible or anything else. In the case of the Bible, the task is particularly difficult. First one must determine the text, examining the Hebrew and Greek manuscripts, the one must understand the text, then one must convey the meaning -- without bringing in too much interpretation. The tasks are incompatible.
But the NRSV compromises brilliantly. In some of the more damaged books of the Hebrew Bible, such as 1 and 2 Samuel, it makes excellent use of the Greek and the Qumran texts. It rarely brings a theological bias. It tries for close attention to the original language but does not become stiff or misleading. Neither does it become a paraphrase. There are easier-to-read translations. There are more literal translations. There are many, many translations with stronger sectarian biases. But no translation does a better job of being all things to all Christians (and, indeed, non-Christians) than the New Revised Standard Version.
Needs additional info on the pages
I like the book overall. It is easy to find the particular book of the Bible you want and then the chapter you want. The available fonts are easy to read.
If I could suggest an improvement - please put the name of the book of the Bible on each page. Once you navigate away from page one, chapter one of the particular book, there is no reference on the page to what book of the Bible you are in. Same goes for the highlights you make. It doesn't give you the reference such as Matthew 5: 12-15. It tells you the highlight is on page 6432, but that is not really much help when referring to it later.
The NRSV is the standard translation for those who take Biblical scholarship seriously. We'll all benefit when the Harper Collins Study Bible and related publications become available on iBooks.