NIVIn 1965, the Committee on Bible Translation took on the most massive translation project of modern times: to prepare a contemporary English translation of the Bible from the best available original manuscripts. Since its release in 1978, the NIV has become the world’s most read and most trusted modern-English Bible translation with over 450 million copies distributed worldwide. Upon the 1978 release of the NIV, readers were ecstatic that they could finally understand the Word of God in contemporary language. But the CBT’s work was far from complete. A smaller group of committee scholars assembled study notes, maps, charts and diagrams to provide additional content and context, resulting in the NIV Study Bible. This Bible released in 1985 and provided unprecedented clarity with over 20,000 study notes and hundreds of study tools available to readers. The NIV Study Bible was designed for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the Bible. To date, the NIV Study Bible has sold more than 10 million copies, making it the best-selling single study Bible available over the past 30 years.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the NIV the CBT has made a video featuring CBT chair Douglas Moo and others as they explain the history behind this remarkable translation:


In this next video, CBT chair Douglas Moo delivers a paper at the annual 2014 ETS meeting titled “We Still Don’t Get It: Evangelicals and Bible Translation Fifty Years After James Barr”. In it, Moo discusses some more history and philosophy behind Bible translations:


Check back later this week for more info on the 50th anniversary of the NIV!