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The Revised Version, Standard American Edition of the Bible, more commonly known as the American Standard Version
American Standard Version
(ASV), is a Bible translation into English that was completed in 1901, with the publication of the revision of the Old Testament; the revised New Testament had been released in 1900. It was originally best known by its full name, but soon came to have other names, such as the American Revised Version, the American Standard Revision, the American Standard Revised Bible, and the American Standard Edition. By the time its copyright was renewed in 1929, it had come to be known by its present name, the American Standard Version. Because of its prominence in seminaries, it was in America sometimes simply called the "Standard Bible".

Contents

1 History 2 Features 3 Revisions 4 Usage by Jehovah's Witnesses 5 See also 6 Notes 7 References 8 External links

History[edit]

Title page to the ASV

The American Standard Version, which was also known as The American Revision of 1901, is rooted in the work begun in 1870 to revise the Authorized Version/King James Bible
Bible
of 1611. This revision project eventually produced the Revised Version
Revised Version
(RV). An invitation was extended to American religious leaders for scholars to work on the RV project. In 1871, thirty scholars were chosen by Philip Schaff. The denominations represented on the American committee were the Baptist, Congregationalist, Dutch Reformed, Friends, Methodist, Episcopal, Presbyterian, Protestant
Protestant
Episcopal, and Unitarian. These scholars began work in 1872. Three of the editors, the youngest in years, became the editors of the American Standard Revised New Testament: Drs. Dwight, Thayer and Matthew Riddle.[1][2] Any suggestion the American team had would be accepted by the British team only if two-thirds of the British team agreed. This principle was backed up by an agreement that if their suggestions were put into the appendix of the RV, the American team would not publish their version for 14 years. The appendix had about three hundred suggestions in it. The New Testament
New Testament
was published in 1881, the Old Testament
Old Testament
in 1885, and the Apocrypha in 1894. Around this time, the British team disbanded. Also around this time, unauthorized copied editions of the RV appeared with the suggestions of the American team in the main text. This was possible because while the RV in the UK was the subject of a Crown copyright as a product of the University Presses of Oxford and Cambridge, this protection did not extend to the U.S. and the text was never separately copyrighted there. In 1898, publishers for Oxford and Cambridge Universities published their own editions of the RV with the American suggestions included. However, these suggestions were reduced in number (but it did incorporate all of those suggestions which were listed in the Appendixes, as can be verified by comparing the Appendixes with the main text of the 1898 edition). Some of those Americanized editions by Oxford and Cambridge Universities had the title of "American Revised Version" on the cover of their spines. Some of Thomas Nelson's editions of the American Standard Version
American Standard Version
Holy Bible
Bible
included the Apocrypha of the Revised Version. The Revised Version (both the 1885 and the American Standard Version
American Standard Version
of 1901) are some of the Bible
Bible
versions that are authorized to be used in services of the Episcopal Church and the Church of England.[3][4] In 1901, the 14-year agreement between the American and British teams expired, and the Revised Version, Standard American Edition, as the ASV Bible
Bible
was officially called, was published by Thomas Nelson & Sons that same year. It was copyrighted in North America
North America
to ensure the purity of the ASV text. In 1928, the International Council of Religious Education (the body that later merged with the Federal Council of Churches to form the National Council of Churches) acquired the copyright from Nelson and renewed it the following year. The copyright was a reaction to tampering with the text of the Revised Version by some U.S. publishers, as noted above. By the time the ASV's copyright expired for the final time in 1957,[citation needed] interest in this translation had largely waned in the light of newer and more recent ones, and textual corruption hence never became the issue with the ASV that it had with the RV. Because the language of the ASV was intentionally limited to Elizabethan English, as well as because of what some perceived to be its excessive literalism, it never achieved wide popularity, and the King James Version
King James Version
would remain the primary translation for most American Protestant
Protestant
Christians until the publication of the Revised Standard Version in 1952. There were two rationales for the ASV. One reason was to obviate any justification for the unauthorized copied editions of the RV that had been circulating. Another reason was to use more of the suggestions the American team had preferred, since the British team used few of their suggestions in the first place, even in the later version which they had published incorporating some of them.[citation needed] While many of the suggestions of the American scholars were based on the differences between American and British usage, many others were based on differences in scholarship and what the American revisers felt the best translation to be. Consequently, there were several changes to the KJV text in the ASV that were not present in the RV. A Christian mail order publisher, Star Bible, continues to make the ASV available and High Village Publishing began doing so in recent years (their edition, like the King James but unlike the earlier editions of the ASV, presents each verse as a separate paragraph); however High Village Publishing seems to be out of business as of 2013[update]. Gospel Light Publishing Company publishes ASV New Testament editions (including a large print edition). This company also publishes the People's New Testament
New Testament
with Notes, which is a late Victorian Era commentary which incorporates within the work both the entire Authorised Version
Authorised Version
New Testament
New Testament
text and a parallel columnar presentation of the English Revised Version
Revised Version
New Testament
New Testament
of 1881, which is, as noted above, the basis for the ASV. Like the ASV, this commentary is a work formerly under copyright which has now expired so that it is in the public domain and free to be published at will without the payment of a royalty.[5] Features[edit] The divine name of the Almighty (the Tetragrammaton) is consistently rendered Jehovah
Jehovah
in 6,823 places of the ASV Old Testament, rather than LORD as it appears mostly in the King James Bible. However, there are notably seven verses in the King James Bible
Bible
where the divine name actually appears which are Genesis 22:14, Exodus 6:3, Exodus 17:15, Judges 6:24, Psalms 83:18, Isaiah 12:2 and Isaiah 26:4 plus as it's abbreviated form, Jah, once in Psalms 68:4. The reason for this change, as the Committee explained in the preface, was that "...the American Revisers... were brought to the unanimous conviction that a Jewish superstition, which regarded the Divine Name as too sacred to be uttered, ought no longer to dominate in the English or any other version of the Old Testament..."[6] Other changes from the RV to the ASV included (but were not limited to) substituting "who" and "that" for "which" when referring to people, and Holy Ghost was dropped in favor of Holy Spirit. Page headings were added and footnotes were improved. Revisions[edit] The ASV was the basis of six revisions. They were the Revised Standard Version, 1971 [1946–52] , the New Revised Standard Version, 1989 , the Amplified Bible, 1965 , the New American Standard Bible, 1995 [1963–71] , the Recovery Version, 1999  and the World English Bible, 2000. The ASV was also the basis for Kenneth N. Taylor's Bible
Bible
paraphrase, The Living Bible, 1971 . Usage by Jehovah's Witnesses[edit] The ASV has also been used for many years by Jehovah's Witnesses. The reasons for their choosing of the ASV were twofold: its usage of "Jehovah" as the Divine Name, which is the literal translation of the Tetragrammaton
Tetragrammaton
(YHWH) into Modern English as many early Bible
Bible
scholars had done before (i.e. Tyndale at Ps. 83:18[7]). They also derived their name from Isaiah 43.10, 12, both of which contain the phrase, "Ye are my witnesses, saith Jehovah." Also, there was a perception that the ASV had improved the translation of some verses in the King James Version, and in other places it reduced the verses that they found to be erroneously translated in the KJV to mere footnotes, removed from the main text altogether.[8] Jehovah's Witnesses' publishing organization, Watch Tower Bible
Bible
and Tract Society of Pennsylvania, had printed its own edition of the King James Version since 1926, but did not obtain the rights to print ASV until 1944. From 1944 to 1992, they printed and distributed over a million copies of the ASV. By the 1960s, the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures, made by members of their group and the rights to which they controlled, had largely replaced ASV as the Bible
Bible
used most by Witnesses.[9] Though now preferring the NWT, Jehovah's Witnesses' publications frequently quote from other translations, including ASV. See also[edit]

The Bible
Bible
in English

Title page to the King James Version

List of English Bible
Bible
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Notes[edit]

^ Roland H. Worth Bible
Bible
Translations: A History Through Source Documents 1992 p107 "In between these two periods, the American translators continued to meet on a yearly basis to lay plans for the eventual publication of their work. Matthew B. Riddle, the last survivor of the original group of Americans, writes of how the group went about their work: Three of these, the youngest in years, became the editors of the American Standard Revised New Testament: Drs. Dwight, Thayer and Riddle. Dr. Thayer lived to see the published volume, but died a few months afterward ..." ^ Matthew Brown Riddle, The Story of the Revised New Testament, American Standard Edition (Philadelphia: Sunday School Times, 1908) “Dr. Ezra Abbot was the foremost textual critic in America, and his opinions usually prevailed when questions of text were debated." ^ [1] The Episcopal Church - American Standard Version
American Standard Version
of the Bible (1901) - On July 7, 1870, the Convocation of the Province of Canterbury, England, voted to invite some "American divines" to join in the work of revising the Bible. An American Revision Committee was organized on Dec. 7, 1871, and began work on Oct. 4, 1872. In 1901 their work was published as The Holy Bible
Bible
Containing the Old and New Testaments Translated Out of the Original Tongues, Being the Version Set Forth A.D. 1611 Compared with the Most Ancient Authorities and Revised A.D. 1881-1885. Newly Edited by the American Revision Committee A.D. 1901. Standard Edition. This is one of the versions of the Bible
Bible
authorized by the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion for use in worship. ^ Versions of Scripture The Church of England - A Note by the House of Bishops - While the Church of England authorises the Lectionary - what passages are to be read on which occasion - it does not authorize particular translations of the Bible. Nevertheless, among the criteria by which versions of Scripture are judged suitable for reading in church during the course of public worship are the following: 3 Versions of Scripture which are translations and appear to satisfy at least four of the criteria set out in paragraph 1 above include: The Authorized Version or King James Bible
Bible
(AV), published in 1611, of which a Revised Version
Revised Version
was published in 1881-5. Retrieved 5 June 2015. ^ http://stores.gospellightbooks.com/peoples-new-testament-with-notes/ ^ "Preface", ASV (American ed.), Christian Classics Ethereal Library . It is speculated that because of this, the Jehovah Witness name-dogma was created by Joseph Franklin Rutherford around this time. ^ https://www.jw.org/en/publications/bible/nwt/appendix-a/tetragrammaton-divine-name/ ^ "Why a new translation was commissioned", New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures . ^ "Printing and Distributing God's Own Sacred Word", Jehovah's Witnesses – Proclaimers of God's Kingdom, Watch Tower, 1993, p. 607 .

References[edit]

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Metzger, Bruce M. The Bible
Bible
in Translation. pp. 101–103. Grand Rapids: Baker. Capoccia, Tony. Choosing A Bible
Bible
at http://www.biblebb.com/files/NEWBIBLE.TXT Brindle, Brian. The Bibles of the Jehovah
Jehovah
Witnesses, Then and Now at the Wayback Machine
Wayback Machine
(archived August 18, 2004)

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English-language translations of the Bible

5th–11th century

Wessex Gospels Hatton gospels Old English Hexateuch Old English Bible
Bible
translations

Middle English

Wycliffe Middle English Bible
Bible
translations

16th–17th century

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18th–19th century

Challoner Webster's Young's Literal (YLT) Revised (RV) Living Oracles Darby Emphatic Diaglott Joseph Smith Quaker Julia E. Smith Parker Translation

20th century

American Standard (ASV) Rotherham's Emphasized Ferrar Fenton Worrell New Testament Moffatt, New Translation Knox Basic English (BBE) Revised Standard (RSV) Anchor New World (NWT) Modern Language (MLB) New English (NEB) Living English (BLE) New American Standard (NASB) Good News (GNB) Jerusalem (JB) New American (NAB) Living New International (NIV) New Century (NCV) Bethel New King James (NKJV) New Jerusalem (NJB) Green's Literal Translation
Green's Literal Translation
(GLT) Recovery Christian Community (CCB) New Revised Standard (NRSV) Revised English (REB) Contemporary English (CEV) The Message (MSG) Clear Word (TCW) New Life (NLV) 21st Century King James (KJ21) Third Millennium (TMB) New International Reader's (NIrV) New International Inclusive Language God's Word New Living (NLT) Heinz Cassirer's translation Complete Jewish Bible International Standard (ISV) Holman Christian Standard (HCSB)

21st century

World English (WEB) World Messianic English Standard (ESV) Today's New International (TNIV) New English (NET) Ignatius (RSV2CE) New English Translation
New English Translation
of the Septuagint The Voice Common English (CEB) Apostolic Bible
Bible
Polyglot Open English (OEB) Eastern Orthodox New American Bible
Bible
Revised Edition (NABRE) Lexham English The Orthodox Jewish Original Aramaic Bible
Bible
in Plain English Divine Name King James Names of God Tree of Life Bible Modern English (MEV) Literal English (LEV) Christian Standard (CSB) Revised New Jerusalem (RNJB) Evangelical Heritage (EHV)

Study Bibles

Life Application Study Bible Oxford Annotated Bible Reformation Study Bible Scofield Reference Bible Thompson Chain-Reference Bible Dake Annotated Reference Bible Logos International Study Bible Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible MacArthur Study Bible Ryrie Study Bible The Wesley Study Bible Lutheran Study Bible Orthodox Study Bible NIV Study Bible ESV Study Bible NLT Study Bible Good News Study Bible NASB Study Bible New Interpreter's Study Bible Reflecting God Study Bible Archaeological Study Bible The Life with God Study Bible The Green Bible

Notable publishers

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Oxford University
Press American Bible
Bible
Society Zondervan Thomas Nelson Tyndale House HarperCollins Holman Lockman Foundation Crossway Hendrickson Publisher Ignatius Press Saint Benedict Press Baronius Press

Additional lists

List of English Bible
Bible
translations Old English (pre-1066) Middle English (1066–1500) Early Modern English (1500–1800) Modern Christian (1800–) Modern Jewish (1853

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