Bad name verses

So according to “The Companion Bible”, specifically this page we have a list of passages for which the name of God has been changed, possibly in the underlying masoretic text. I pass no judgement on this right now but I will list the passages here and I will go over them with a fine […]

Revising for Reading Level

For the future; an interesting concept is the reading level of the Bible. The RSV and KJV bibles are approximately Grade 12, as given by and listed for convenience below: Mounce — 12+ (ages 17+) KJV — 12+ (ages 17+) RSV — 12+ (ages 17+) Geneva — 12+ (ages 17+) WEB — 12+ (ages 17+) NRSV — 11+ (ages 16+) NASB — 11+ […]

Phase 3: The NSV is born

With Phase 2 now solidly complete, we have a wording of the KJV/ASV/DRA and other, Genesis only, with many custom word choices and phrasings, which we may now lay copyright claim to as the NSV. The link for this project will now be set as What follows is a theological consistency pass. This means […]

A Public Domain Rashi

As it turns out, the Rashi on is public domain.  According to their blog post “Rashi in English“, Sefaria is very fortunate to receive pro bono counsel from Simpson Thacher and our amazing intellectual property attorneys were able to help us in our effort to determine the status of the Silbermann Rashi’s copyright. Since the translations were published in the […]

Phase 3 Woes

I didn’t get as far as Genesis 4 before encountering some thorny issues with rewording the Bible before doing a theological pass, but once I hit Genesis 6 it became obvious that something was wrong with the process. Allow me to illustrate; the problem verse for today is Genesis 6:4. Genesis 6:4 There were giants […]

The NSV Process

The previous phase system was very difficult to implement and track. What would happen is that the individual steps would merge together into a sort of first, second, third pass, which really was the same thing. I’m going to revise this all based on how it actually worked out during the edit for Genesis. Phase […]