The New King James Version
) is an English translation
of the Bible
first published in 1982 by Thomas Nelson
The New Testament
was published in 1979, the Psalms
in 1980, and the full Bible in 1982. It took seven years to complete.
The anglicized edition was originally known as the Revised Authorized Version
, but the NKJV title is now used universally. It has capitalization of pronouns addressing God.
The NKJV translation project was conceived by Arthur Farstad
. It was inaugurated in 1975 with two meetings (Nashville
) of 130 biblical scholars, pastors, and theologians. The men who were invited prepared the guidelines for the NKJV.
The aim of its translators was to update the vocabulary and grammar of the King James Version
, while preserving the classic style and literary beauty of the original 1769 edition of the King James Version. The 130 translators believed in faithfulness to the original Greek, Aramaic, and Hebrew texts including the Dead Sea Scrolls
. Also agreed upon for most New King James Bibles were easier event descriptions, a history of each book, and added dictionary and updated concordance.
The New King James Version also uses the Textus Receptus
("Received Text") for the New Testament, just as the original King James Version had used. As explained in the preface, notes in the center column acknowledge variations from Novum Testamentum Graece
(designated NU after Nestle-Aland and United Bible Societies) and the Majority Text
The translators have sought to follow the principles of translation used in the original King James Version, which the NKJV revisers call "complete equivalence" in contrast to "dynamic equivalence
" used by many contemporary translations. The task of updating the English of the KJV involved significant changes in word order, grammar, vocabulary, and spelling. One of the most significant features of the NKJV was its replacement of early modern second-person pronouns, such as "thou" and "thine"; and corresponding verb forms, such as "speakest"; with their twentieth-century equivalents.
The Executive Editor of the NKJV, Arthur L. Farstad, addressed textual concerns in a book explaining the NKJV translation philosophy.
While defending the Majority Text (also called the Byzantine text-type
), and claiming that the Textus Receptus
is inferior to the Majority Text, he noted (p. 114) that the NKJV references significant discrepancies among text types in its marginal notes: "None of the three [textual] traditions on every page of the New Testament ... is labeled 'best' or 'most reliable.' The reader is permitted to make up his or her own mind about the correct reading."
The NKJV is the basis for the Orthodox Study Bible
. The New Testament is largely the same, being based on the Textus Receptus (which the Eastern Orthodox
consider most reliable). Although the Old Testament was translated from the Academy of St. Athanasius Septuagint (which the Orthodox consider an inspired text), it has been rendered in the NKJV fashion. In addition, the deuterocanonical
books are included, which is the first time they have been modeled according to the New King James style, as the original NKJV, being a largely Protestant translation, did not include them.
The NKJV translation has become one of the best-selling Bibles in the USA. As of July 2012
it is listed as the third best selling Bible after the New International Version
and KJV by the CBA (Christian Booksellers Association).[better source needed]
An unabridged audiobook
version called "The Word of Promise Audio Bible" has been produced by the publisher. It is narrated by well-known celebrities and fully dramatized with music and sound effects.
, an organization that places Bibles in hotels and hospitals, at one stage used the NKJV translation along with the KJV, offering the KJV as the default translation and offering the NKJV when an organization asked for a Bible in newer English to be used.
As of 2013, however, the Gideons have chosen to start using the English Standard Version
(ESV) instead of the NKJV.
- ^ The Holy Bible, New King James Version. Nashville: Nelson. 1982. ISBN 978-0840700537.
- ^ "New King James Version (NKJV Bible)". The Bible Gateway. Retrieved 2011-09-14.
- ^ a b Arthur L. Farstad, "The New King James Version in the Great Tradition," 2nd edition, 1989, Thomas Nelson Publishers, ISBN 0-8407-3148-5.
- ^ "CBA Best Sellers: Bible Translations" (PDF). Christian Booksellers Association. July 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 July 2012.
- ^ Groves, Martha (16 November 2009), "Stars lined up for elaborate audio Bible", Los Angeles Times
- ^ Cloud, David W. (2000-06-04). "Follow-up to Gideons and Modern Versions". Way of Life Literature. Archived from the original on December 11, 2001. Retrieved 2013-10-14.
- ^ Staff (June 2013). "Development and Growth of the English Standard Version". The Gideons International. Retrieved 2013-10-14.
- ^ Klein, Peter. The Catholic Source Book, p. 146, Harcourt Religious Publishers, 2000. ISBN 0-15-950653-0
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