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Holy Bible: NRSV Holy Bible: NRSV
Anglicised Edition with Cross-References

HarperCollins
ISBN 9780007242429 (0007242425)
HarperCollins, 2007
£14.99

Category: Bibles and Bible Guides

The NRSV — New Revised Standard Version — Bible is well enough known to almost need no introduction: it's been around now since 1989, the Anglicised Edition completed in 1995, and has become firmly established in many churches, particularly the Church of England where it has been adopted for liturgical use in Common Worship. The NRSV is widely regarded as one of the best translations available for serious theological study, following the original languages as closely as possible without becoming inaccessible to today's English readers.

This new edition from HarperCollins features centre column cross referencing and is clearly laid out in an easy-to-read typeface. It's suitable for study or devotional reading, although those who like scribbling in the margins will soon find themselves short of space for notes: the margins are very narrow.

On a somewhat pedantic note, it's unfortunate, given that this is the Anglicised edition, that for the most part the word 'Anglicised' itself is rendered in what most anglophiles regard as the American spelling, 'Anglicized', although there is no consistency in this: spelt with an 's' on the spine it becomes a 'z' on the front cover, then remains a 'z' until the heading 'Preface to the Anglicised Edition', p.xiii, after which it reverts to a 'z'. Rather amusingly, as if to add insult to injury, a parenthetical note to the reader in that preface explains that the -ize ending has been retained where etymologically possible...

Pedantry aside, however, this new lease of life for the NRSV is good news: over the last year or so it became increasingly difficult to obtain copies of the NRSV as Oxford University Press (who previously held the UK publication rights) failed to keep up with demand. It's to be hoped that HarperCollins will do a better job than OUP of keeping this important translation readily available. As of the time of this writing there are at least six different editions available, ranging from a trendy two-tone gift edition through economically priced paperbacks to a hardback cross-reference edition complete with Apocrypha, as well as a bulk-purchase pack for churches.

Phil Groom, May 2007

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