New American Standard Bible (NASB) – 2019 release news

The Lockman Foundation Translation Committee is currently in the process of updating the NASB. This update, slated for release in 2019, looks to be a more significant release than their 1995 version. I will pass along any news of the upcoming release, as I find it.

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August 9, 2018: I’ve been checking monthly, but the Lockman Foundation hasn’t revealed any additional info regarding the next NASB release. I’ll keep checking.

March 22nd, 2018: I was pleased to discover that the NASB 2019 version will continue to capitalize names pertaining to God. Out of reverence, I always capitalize names and pronouns that refer to God. Their continuation of this practice is good news for me.

January 12th, 2018: The Lockman Foundation reported that they are still working on the next release of the NASB, and that their current estimate is sometime in 2019. I’m sure they’ll announce a more precise date later in 2018.

On July 21, 2017, the Translation Committee made the following statement on their Facebook page:

Our primary concern is that NASB remain the best English Translation available. To that end, we are still working hard in the Old Testament and this means that the publication, at this point, will be late 2018 to early 2019. We do not want to rush the update because, so many faithful pastors and scholars depend on the NASB and we want to make sure that you have the best translation of the Holy Word that can be put in your hands. Thank you so much for your patience while we work.

I’ll be checking on their progress regularly, and will update this post with any news I find.

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3 thoughts on “New American Standard Bible (NASB) – 2019 release news

    1. Hey Gilbert, nearly all the translations update their versions every 15-20 years or so to keep up with changes in predominant English usage. For example, the most recent New International Version (NIV) update was in 2011. The Holman Christian Standard Version (HCSV) was updated in 2017; it is now named the Christian Standard Version (CSV). Interestingly, the English Standard Version (ESV) was updated in 2016. Crossway, the publisher, declared it to be the “permanent text edition.” In other words, they will never update it again (see http://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2016/september/after-tweaking-29-verses-bible-esv-english-standard-version.html)

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