First published in 1978, the NIV was a popular alternative to the King James Version.
Over one hundred scholars from the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand were enlisted on the project. Each book of the Bible was assigned to a team of scholars. Working from the best ancient texts, they translated their respective sections. Each translation went through three editorial revisions, that checked it for accuracy and readability. Each book was read by stylists of the English language and tested on average readers. The result was a highly readable and accurate translation.
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