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Publisher: Thomas Nelson

The New Century Version (NCV) Bible

The New Century Version (NCV) is a revision of the International Children's Bible (ICB). The ICB is a Bible translation aimed at young readers and those with low reading skills/limited vocabulary in English. It is written at a 3rd-grade level (from the introduction) and is both conservative and evangelical in tone. The New Testament was first published in 1983, and the Old Testament was published in 1987. The ICB was revised to a more sophisticated 5th-grade reading level and was dubbed the New Century Version. A gender-neutral edition was first published in 1991, supplanting the original. Grudem and Poythress wrote, "The earliest complete translations of the Bible to adopt a gender-neutral translation policy were apparently the New Century Version (NCV) and the International Children's Bible (ICB), both published by Worthy Publishing Company, which was sold to Word Publishing in 1988. The simplified ICB says nothing about its gender-neutral translation policy in its preface. But the NCV gives some explanation. The goal of the NCV was to make a Bible that was clear and easily understood, and the translators based their vocabulary choice on a list of words used by the editors of The World Book Encyclopedia to determine appropriate vocabulary ('Preface,' p. xiii).

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