COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (UMNS)—The New International Version of the Bible, the top-selling Bible in North America, will undergo its first revision in 25 years.
It will be revised to reflect changes in English usage and advances in biblical scholarship, according to the Committee on Bible Translation, the independent body of global biblical scholars solely responsible for the translation of the world’s most popular Bible.
The revision is scheduled to be published in 2011, the 400th anniversary of the King James Version of the Bible. The NIV’s sibling, Today’s New International Version, was criticized for its gender-inclusive language, but the new NIV will have more natural language, its publishers said.
“We want to reach English speakers across the globe with a Bible that is accurate, accessible and that speaks to its readers in a language they can understand,” said Keith Danby, global president of Biblica, which holds the NIV copyright. Once the revision is published, the TNIV will cease publication.