The American Revision

The Independent

At last we have in our hands the much desired American Revision, beautifully printed in long primer type, with an admirably full and finely chosen body of references in the middle column and the variant notes in the two margins. This standard edition is printed and bound in different styles, with or without maps, and at prices varying from $1.50 to $9. It is by far the most exact, and, we will say, beautifully printed Bible that has yet appeared, and being the standard this edition should be much sought for and ought to be in the hands of every student of the Bible.

It is sixteen years since the Revision of the Old Testament appeared, and twenty-one years since the appearance of the New Testament Revision. As might well be supposed, the scholars chosen for the work were mostly of advanced age, and few of them could be expected to survive to carry out the work of incorporating the American corrections in the Revised Version. It must be remembered that the American revisers were under bonds to publish no such version incorporating their corrections for fourteen years. It has now been sixteen years, so they have kept their promise. Of course, the burden of this work, which has been carried on during the last six years, has fallen upon few survivors; and very fortunately two of them, Professor Thayer, of the New Testament section, and professor Mead, of the Old Testament section, were able to give nearly their whole time to the work. They are both men capable of the most minute and careful examination of the text, and have given great labor to it. We must not, however, omit to give credit to their associates, such as Professors Riddle, De Witt, and Osgood, to mention only some who are still alive.

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