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#48 - NRSV is an updated version of the KJV

by Robert Nguyen Cramer

This BibleTexts website administrator has very much enjoyed questions and insights that have been emailed to him ever since this site was launched in September of 1996. On this page I share with BibleTexts browsers a few of the questions, insights, and responses, so that we all can further learn from and with each other.
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Question/insight #48: "Do I understand that the KJV with corrections for the original including Hebrew & Greek words/wording is the New Revised Standard Bible [NRSV]?"

Response #48:

The NRSV is an authorized revision of the RSV (1952), which was an authorized revision of the RV (1885) and ASV (1901), which were authorized revisions of the KJV (1611). For a more complete explanation of the NRSV, browse

You continued your question by writing, "If yes, then is there a side-by-side parallel available? If yes, where and by what publisher?"

The book that would best address your needs is, The Interlinear NRSV-NIV Parallel New Testament in Greek and English, by Alfred Marshall (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1993; ISBN # 0310401607). It retails for $39.99, but as of 3/3/99, Amazon.Com ( sells it for $27.99 and Christian Book Distributors ( or phone at 508-977-5000) sells it for $29.95.

You also wrote: "Is there a Computer Disk or CD-ROM available with KJV, Strong's, a Bible dictionary, concordance, etc., for my study?"

For serious biblical research, I myself primarily use the Logos Research Systems Logos4 software, but BibleSoft's PC Study Bible Complete Reference Library is also very good. The Logos software has many, many more research materials, translations, commentaries, etc., but the PC Study Bible is more user friendly. Both are CDROM-based and are described in some detail at

You can order either of these software programs from Christian Book Distributors (noted above). You also can order them directly from the publishers.

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