New American Standard Bible (NASB)

History of the New American Standard Bible

In 1604 a revision of the Bishops’ Bible of 1568 was commissioned. This revision, first printed in 1611, came to be known as the King James Version and is considered a landmark in the history of English Bible translation. More than two centuries later, in Britain, the KJV itself became the basis for the English Revised Version, completed in 1885, with its American counterpart, the American Standard Version, being published in 1901. The ASV, a product of both British and American scholarship, has been highly regarded for its scholarship and accuracy.

Recognizing the values of the American Standard Version, The Lockman Foundation launched a new translation project in 1959. It sought to preserve the lasting values of the ASV while incorporating recent discoveries of Hebrew and Greek textual sources, all with more current English. This new and original translation project created the NASB.

The Lockman Foundation of La Habra, California, employed a dedicated team of scholars who worked for more than ten years to produce the New American Standard Bible. First published in its complete form in 1971, the NASB came to be known as a trusted Bible for reading and study because it provides a precise translation of the original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek in familiar English.

Underlying the New American Standard Bible is the evangelical commitment of the translators, all of whom believe that the original writing of the Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God.

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