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New American Standard Bible (2020 NASB)

New American Standard Bible (2020 NASB)


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The NASB has been produced with the conviction that the words of Scripture, as originally penned in the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek, are inspired by God. Therefore every word must be accurate and precise so that they are read with confidence. Since these words are the living and eternal Word of God, the Holy Scriptures must speak clearly with fresh power to each generation, to give wisdom that leads to salvation so that all people may serve Christ for the glory of God.

The NASB does not attempt to interpret Scripture through translation. Instead, the NASB adheres to the principles of a formal equivalence translation. This is the most exacting and demanding method of translation, striving for the most readable word-for-word translation that is both accurate and clear. This method more closely follows the word and sentence patterns of the biblical authors in order to enable the reader to study Scripture in its most literal format and to experience the individual personalities of those who penned the original manuscripts.

Translating text from one language to another always comes with trade-offs, but the NASB places the highest priority on consistently adhering to formal equivalence translation, so the literalness of the original manuscripts is not sacrificed.

Instead of the translation choices telling the reader what to think, the NASB simply provides the most precise English translation it can. This way readers can study the text as they personally journey through the Word of God.

The NASB was translated with accuracy and precision to ensure every reader is experiencing an incredibly accurate translation from the original languages. Since some meanings of words in the English language can change or are no longer commonly understood from one generation to another, it is also critical to provide updated translations to meet the need of each generation in a style of English most comfortable and understandable for them. Therefore, each translation utilizes a unique English style to achieve that goal while maintaining accuracy to the original inspired Word of God.

After completion in 1971, the NASB was updated in 1977, 1995, and most recently in 2020, according to the best scholarship available at the time. The purposes of the updates have been to increase accuracy, clarity, and readability. Every aspect of vocabulary, grammar, sentence structure, and meaning was carefully reviewed during each update. The result is an accurate translation that clearly communicates the Word of God in contemporary English.

Accuracy will always and forever be the unmovable cornerstone of the NASB translation philosophy. Changes are never made lightly. With this in mind, updates consistently maintain the highest standards of formal equivalence translation that is familiar and understandable in English each time the work is done.

The NASB 2020 is an update of the NASB 1995 that further improves accuracy where possible, modernizes language, and improves readability. These refinements maintain faithful accuracy to the original texts and provide a clear understanding of Godís Word to those who prefer more modern English standards. The long-established translation standard for the NASB remains the same as it always has been, that is to accurately translate the inspired Word of God from the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek texts into modern English that is clearly understandable today.

About the Translator(s)

In 1604 a revision of the Bishops' Bible of 1568 was commissioned. This revision, first printed in 1611, came to be known as the King James Version and is considered a landmark in the history of English Bible translation. More than two centuries later, in Britain, the KJV itself became the basis for the English Revised Version, completed in 1885, with its American counterpart, the American Standard Version, being published in 1901. The ASV, a product of both British and American scholarship, has been highly regarded for its scholarship and accuracy.

Recognizing the values of the American Standard Version, The Lockman Foundation launched a new translation project in 1959. It sought to preserve the lasting values of the ASV while incorporating recent discoveries of Hebrew and Greek textual sources, all with more current English. This new and original translation project created the NASB.

The Lockman Foundation of La Habra, California, employed a dedicated team of scholars who worked for more than ten years to produce the New American Standard Bible. First published in its complete form in 1971, the NASB came to be known as a trusted Bible for reading and study because it provides a precise translation of the original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek in familiar English.

Underlying the New American Standard Bible is the evangelical commitment of the translators, all of whom believe that the original writing of the Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God.

2020 NASB Translators

Dr. David Allen, Ph.D., M.Div.
Dr. Noel Enete, Th.M.
Dr. Paul Enns, Th.M., Th.D
Dr. Jack Greenoe, Ph.D., M.Div.
Dr. Moyer Hubbard, D.Phil, M.Div., Th.M.
Dr. Alan Hultberg, Ph.D., M.Div.
Dr. Robert G. Lambeth, C.P.A., LLD (h.c.)
Dr. H. Bruce Stokes, Ph.D.
Dr. Ryan Stokes, Ph.D., M.A.
Rev. Michael Voytek, M.Div
Dr. W. Don Wilkins, Ph.D., Th.M., M.Div., M.A.
Dr. Malcolm Yarnell III, Ph.D., Th.M., M.Div.

Critical Consultants

Dennis Hukel
Ryan Keen, M.Div.
Dr. Phoebe Lambeth, M.A., LHD (h.c.)
Pike Lambeth
Dr. Walter A. Price
Marilyn Saliby
Nathan Steiner, M.Div.
Wes Walker, M.Div.
Andrew Wiggin

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Installed size (unless otherwise indicated): Approximately 7.125 MB. iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch Requires iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad running latest version of iOS. Download size: 7.125 MB. Android Requires Android OS 4.4 or later. Download size: 7.125 MB. Windows Phone Requires Windows Phone 7.5 or later. Download size: 7.125 MB. Windows Store Requires Windows 8, 10, 11 or later. Download size: 7.125 MB. Windows Desktop Requires Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7, 8, 10, 11 or later. Mac OS Requires macOS 10.13 or later. Download size: 7.125 MB.

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