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Revised Version 1885


Revised Version 1885

The Revised Version (RV) of the Bible was the only officially authorised revision of the King James Version (KJV), also called the Authorised Version (AV). The work was entrusted to some fifty scholars from various denominations in Great Britain, and American scholars were invited to co-operate, by correspondence. The revisers were charged with introducing alterations only if they were required in order to be faithful to the original text. In the New Testament alone more than 30,000 changes were made, over 5,000 of them on the basis of a better Greek text. 

The work was begun in 1870. The New Testament was completed in 1881, and the Revised Version of the Old and New Testaments was issued on 19th May 1885. It was printed by Oxford and Cambridge Universities. 

The American edition, based on the Revised Version, was published in 1901 as the American Standard Version (ASV), which did not include the Apocrypha. 

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This text was digitised for the British and Foreign Bible Society (BFBS), including footnotes, paragraph markers, introductions and appendices.

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