What Are Some Facts About the NIV Bible?

The New International Version, or NIV, is one of the most popular English translations of the Bible. Efforts to produce the NIV Bible began in 1965 and incorporated the work of scholars from various evangelical churches in the United States. Biblica, formerly the International Bible Society, is the worldwide publisher and copyright holder of the NIV as of 2015.

The initial version of the Bible was the work of Howard Long, an engineer working in Seattle who attempted to present the King James Version in a way that was easy to understand. In 1965, an international group of scholars met in Palos Heights to start the translation work. The scholars collected information from the best available Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic texts and later formed the Committee on Bible Translation to complete the translation. In 1968, Biblica took over financial sponsorship of the project and released the New Testament version in 1973 followed by a translation of the entire Bible in 1978.

The Committee on Bible Translation produced the Spanish version of the New Testament in 1979 and made minor revisions to the English version in 1984. In 1990, the committee completed translating the entire manuscript from English to Spanish and updated the translation in 2011 through working with pastors and Bible scholars.