Religion: Farewell To Thee's and He's

An "inclusive" Bible translation joins a crowded market

"Of making many books there is no end." The famous wary complaint in Ecclesiastes could aptly apply to the Bible itself. For, verily, there is a Babel of Bibles. No fewer than 26 modern English translations have appeared during the past generation, beginning with the landmark Revised Standard Version of 1952. This week a major verse-by-verse overhaul of that work, sponsored by the National Council of Churches and known as the New Revised Standard Version, is being shipped to bookstores around the country. It will be used by millions of American Christians, for both private reading and public worship.

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