|Revised English Bible|
|Old Covenant||New Covenant|
In 1974, the Joint Committee of the Churches, which had produced the New English Bible, decided to begin a major revision of the text. By this time, there were changes in the composition of the Joint Committee. The Roman Catholic Church, with representatives from the hierarchies of England and Wales, of Scotland, and of Ireland, entered into full membership. The United Reformed Church, which was a recent union of the Presbyterian Church of England and the Congregational Church, was represented. Then representatives of the Salvation Army and the Moravian Church joined the committee.
The best available texts of both Testaments were used. Care was taken to ensure that the style of English used be fluent and of dignity for liturgical use, while maintaining intelligibility for all ages and backgrounds. Complex or technical terms were avoided, where possible. There was care that sentence structure and word order would facilitate congregational reading, without misrepresenting the meaning of the original text. "Thou" in addressing God has been replaced by you. A more inclusive gender reference than the male-oriented language was preferred. A more extensive use of textual sub-headings in italics has been used. These are not to be considered part of the text. The traditional verse numbering of the Authorized Version has been retained. Passages that appear in the manuscripts used for the Authorized Version but left out of the Revised English Bible have been reproduced in footnotes. Some modern equivalents of ancient terms are used.
The Joint Committee commends this version with humility, but with confidence that God has yet new light and truth to break forth from his word. The publishers consider the Revised English Bible to be a radical revision of the New English Bible.
Oxford and Cambridge Universities Presses (1989)
[Tyndale House, Cambridge, United Kingdom]
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was a vast waste, darkness covered the deep, and the Spirit of God hovered over the surface of the water.
In the beginning the Word already was. The Word was in God's presence, and what God was, the Word was. He was with God at the beginning, and through him all things came to be; without him no created thing came into being.
Comparisons which include this version:
The Epistle of James
From Eternity or From Ancient Times?
The Falsifying Scribes
The Fringe on the Borders of a Garment
God So Loved the World
Hebrew Poetry in the Bible
The Hebrew Synoptic Gospels
Horses from Egypt and Kue
The Israelites and Baal-Peor
The Letters of Paul
The Lord Is My Shepherd: An Anthology
The Miracle at Cana
Offering Sacrifices to the He-Goat
Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread
Sabbaths and Sundown
Scripture Inspired by God
The Sides of the Court of the Tabernacle
Some Variations in the Book of Acts
The Song of Solomon
The Speech Problem of Moses
The Story of the Adultress
That Which Will Happen Before the End
Those Who Work Iniquity
Words with Heathen Origins in the Scriptures