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The Methodist church my aunt grew up in back in the 50s and 60s relied almost exlcusively on the RSV, and she continued to use it until her death a few years ago as her preferred translation.

However, when going through Christian bookstores (or just Christian sections of bookstores) today, I see the RSV (and NRSV) group with the NAB and other "Catholic" Bibles.

When/why did this occur (at least in the US)?

Are there aspects of the RSV/NRSV considered less ideal to Protestants now that were not as widely known/cared about half a century ago?

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I wouldn't call it a Catholic bible. The NRSV is still used in the Methodist church that I attend. –  Bruce Alderman Jul 17 '13 at 5:58
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The reason that many of them are considered "Catholic" is probably because there is now a "Catholic Edition" of the RSV and the NRSV. Both of these are gaining traction over the NAB if only because of the superiority of the translation.

The major difference between Catholic and Standard RSV is that the Deuterocanon is placed in the standard Catholic order and there are a number of small word changes (most notably "brethren" for "brother").

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I think the inclusion of the Deuterocanon at all probably has a lot to do with it. A protestant would be surprised to see this in his bible. A Catholoic would expect it. So imagine you are a book seller, and you find a bible that includes it. Where would you stock it? –  Joel Coehoorn Jul 18 '13 at 1:29
    
interesting - hadn't noticed that different in the "Catholic" vs "non-Catholic" [N]RSVs .. I see "brethren" and "brothers" used pretty frequently interchangeably in other "non-Catholic" translations :) –  warren Jul 18 '13 at 14:35
    
@JoelCoehoorn Yes, but there are [N]RSV's which include the Deuterocanon. The difference is that the books are labeled "Apocrypha" and placed as more-or-less an appendix to the Old Testament. –  Ignatius Theophorus Jul 18 '13 at 20:43
    
So the RSV with Catholic ordering was in the 'Catholic' section of the bookstore, and presumably a Protestant RSV could be found in the Protestant section. –  DJClayworth Feb 12 at 4:04
    
There's "NRSV with Apocrypha" which has the Apocrypha (including a few books the Greek Orthodox accept which Romans Catholics reject) in the middle between the Testaments, and "NRSV Catholic Edition" which has it spread throughout the Old Testament (and lacks the extra books accepted by the Eastern Orthodox). –  david brainerd Jun 6 at 4:58
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Simply because the Catholic will never use a Protestant Bible, the authors of the RSV were Catholic. Being that the RSV uses the Nestle Greek New Testament instead of the Textus Receptus Greek New Testament which the KJV uses. Furthermore, the Catholic sell the Nestle edition Bibles in their Book stores.

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Here is the list of NIV translators, who are not Catholics. –  DJClayworth Feb 12 at 4:08
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Um, do you know what the Textus Receptus and the Nestle-Aland are> –  Affable Geek Feb 12 at 4:27
    
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Lifeway sells Nestle-Aland in their bookstore too, and they're definitely a Protestant (mostly Baptist) centered store. –  david brainerd Jun 6 at 5:07
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