The revisers were charged with introducing alterations only if they were deemed necessary to be more accurate and faithful to the [[Koine Greek#Biblical Koine|Original Greek]] and [[Biblical Hebrew|Hebrew]] texts. In the New Testament alone more than 30,000 changes were made, over 5,000 on the basis of what were considered better Greek manuscripts. The work was begun in 1879, with the entire work completed in 1885. (The RV Apocrypha came out in 1895.)<ref name="Revised Version - CAMBRIDGE"/>
The Revised Version of 1885 was the first post-King James Version modern English Bible at the time to gain popular acceptance;<ref>[ GREATSITE - English Bible History] This English Bible History Article & Timeline is ©2002 by author & editor: John L. Jeffcoat</ref> and it was used and quoted favorably by ministers, authors, and theologians in the late 1800s and early 1900s, such as [[Andrew Murray (minister)|Andrew Murray]], [[T. Austin-Sparks]], [[Watchman Nee]], [[H.L. Ellison]], [[F.F. Bruce]], and [[Clarence Larkin]], in their works. Other important enhancements introduced in the RV include arrangement of the text into paragraphs, printing Old Testament [[poetry]] in indented poetic lines (rather than as [[prose]]), and the inclusion of marginal notes to alert the reader to variations in wording in ancient manuscripts. In its Apocrypha, the Revised Version became the first printed edition in English to offer the complete text of Second Esdras, inasmuch as damage to one 9th-century manuscript had caused 70 verses to be omitted from previous editions and printed versions, including the King James Version.
In the United States, the Revised Version was adapted and revised as the "Revised Version, Standard American Edition" (better known as the [[American Standard Version]]) in 1901. The American Standard Version is largely identical to the Revised Version of 1885, with minor variations in wording considered to be slightly more accurate. One noticeable difference is the much more frequent use of the form "[[Jehovah]]" in the Old Testament of the American Standard Version, rather than "the {{Sc|L|ORD}}" that is used more so in the Revised Version of 1885, to represent the Divine Name, the [[Tetragrammaton]].
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