Wednesday, September 2, 2009


The global board of Biblica yesterday announced its intention to update the New International Version (NIV) of the Bible, the first time it has been revised since 1984. The Committee on Bible Translation (CBT), the independent body of global biblical scholars solely responsible for the translation of the world’s most popular Bible, is slated to finish its revision late next year, with publication in 2011.

“As time passes and English changes, the NIV we have at present is becoming increasingly dated. If we want a Bible that English speakers around the world can understand, we have to listen to, and respect, the vocabulary they are using today.”

The new edition of the NIV Bible will be coming out in 2011, the year which marks the 400th anniversary of the King James Version. The 2011 NIV will represent the latest expression of the CBT’s translation work. Previous expressions included the 1978 and 1984 editions of the NIV and the 2005 TNIV.

Zondervan, the North American publisher of the NIV Bible, will begin producing print and digital versions of the updated NIV Bible once the CBT has completed its translation. “We are tremendously excited about this initiative and we wholeheartedly support our colleagues from Biblica and the CBT as they work again with the same recipe that made the NIV the most popular Bible translation in the world,” said Zondervan President Moe Girkins.

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