NRSV comes to E-sword (UPDATED for v. 8.04, 11-10-08)

In case you haven’t checked the E-sword or Estudy Source pages lately, there is a new translation in town: the New Revised Standard Version has come to e-Sword.

That’s good news, as it is (for me at least) the last major translation I was eager to have for e-Sword. E-Sword NRSV can be purchased in two flavors:

NRSV with Apocrypha, with all the apocryphal/deutero-canonical books used by Catholics and the Orthodox, or NRSV Catholic, which includes the standard apocryphal/deutero-canonical books used by Roman Catholics. With the recent upgrade to the complete Catholic and Orthodox apocrypha, I don’t really see the need but for the one edition, actually, but there you are.

In order to use the newest NRSV e-Sword module, you will need Esword version 8.04 or higher, which can be accomplished simply by using the automated installation files on the Esword download page, for either a new installation or an update. This is a good upgrade, as it also improves several other features like the bible browser, and the sharpness of the fonts. The upgrades main claim to greatness is its support for true foreign language versions of Esword.

I know there are people who will always want a few more books in any bible (Enoch, Jubilees, Gospel of Thomas, Ignatius, etc.), but the NRSV is about as “complete” a bible as one can get, and has beeen since its original publication as close to a universal translation as one can get in these days of ever- multiplying English Bible translations. It is commonly used in many mainline Christian denominations, and has been for years a standard for quoting in biblical scholarship. NRSV’s New Testament has been especially well-received, not the least due to it’s senior editior being the late Bruce Metzger, author of both A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament and Lexical Aids for Students of New Testament Greek, among other works. The Old Testament of the NRSV has always been a bit more controversial, as many feel it too dependent on the Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Old Testament, rather than the standard Hebrew Masoretic Text.

If you want some further opinion and info on the NRSV, you can look at this tag page on Rick Mansfield’s This Lamp site.

A number of other translations receiving attention in the biblioblogosphere recently are available for purchase at eStudy Source: TNIV as part of an NIV package; NLTse; and HCSB. Check them out.


7 thoughts on “NRSV comes to E-sword (UPDATED for v. 8.04, 11-10-08)

  1. Iyov: True. That would likely be a way to get the full apocrypha version free.

    OTOH, Rick Meyers and e-sword could use a little financial bump, since only one percent of all downloaders actually send contributions.

  2. I always feel bad for not contributing to the e-sword guy. I don’t use it very often and have never purchased any of the modules, only use the free ones. Maybe I will in the future but haven’t so far. By the way, I’m happy to see orange is back, or is it tangerine?

  3. Iyov: Thanks for pointing that out! I was just getting ready to complain about how I got all excited over e-Sowrd offering the NRSV but was disappointed when I found out I’d have to pay for it.

  4. >There is bad news however: e-Sword NRSV only comes in two of its three typical flavors:

    Currently, (August 2008) e-Sword 7.9.8 does not have support for the Anagignoskomena. As such, at this point in time, releasing a copy of the NRSV that includes those books would be premature.

    When e-Sword has support for the Anagignoskomena, the NRSV with that material will be available.

    Do remember the password to your eStudySource account, for a gratis update of the NRSV to that edition.



  5. Nathan: Yes. That’s why I plan to buy about three new translations from estudy source.
    As for the color, we’ll call it “Florida orange” for our storm tossed friends.

    Nick: Tsk tsk. I’ve known you to pay for things, and it is a good cause. Can either your blog or mine put up a sign saying, “Over 5 million served”? (A lot of traffic on mine comes from the search term “esword”, in fact.)

    Roger: I haven’t really seen Bible Desktop before. Doesn’t look as snazzy as e-Sword, but I’m all for all the quality free bible software people can put out.

    Jonathon: Thanks for the information. The canon lists on your wiki pages are helpful on this issue.

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