Translation of the Bible commissioned in 1975 by publisher Thomas Nelson, Inc. Seven years later, with the work of 130 scholars, going back to the Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic texts, a modern "readable" translation, with updated verbs, punctuation, and pronouns, was released. It includes footnotes where manuscripts differ on translations. Though a brisk seller, many fundamentalists rejected this version as an "unholy counterfeit", some claiming it to be the work of Satan.

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