The American Standard Version of the Holy Bible was first published in 1901.
It has been hailed as one of the most accurate English translations of the Bible and earned the reputation of being the Rock of Biblical Honesty. Although the English used in the American Standard Version is somewhat archaic, it isn’t nearly as hard to understand as some passages of the King James Version. Other names for the American Standard Version are Standard American Edition or Revised Version.
The ASV Bible is the result of cooperation between British and American scholars who worked on the revision of the King James (Authorized Version) Bible between 1872 and 1901. The goal was to provide readers with accurate, literal, word-for-word translation of the Holy Scriptures. The revisers retained the archaic language of the KJV in most instances. ASV has served as the basis for a number of modern translations and paraphrases, such as Revised Standard Version, Amplified Bible, New American Standard Bible, the Recovery Version, the World English Bible, and the Living Bible.
“A fascinating fact about the ASV”, writes Pastor Brett Maragni, “is that both the RSV (Revised Standard Version) and the NASB (New American Standard Bible) are revisions of the ASV. Since the NRSV (New Revised Standard Version) and ESV (English Standard Version) are both revisions of the RSV, that means the ASV, second of course to the King James Version, is perhaps the most influential literal translation produced in the English language. That is remarkable considering you have to search high and low to find a copy to purchase.”
You can read more about this Bible translation at OnlineBible.org.
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