What is the Christian Standard Bible?

The Christian Standard Bible (CSB) is a highly trustworthy, faithful translation that is proven to be the optimal blend of accuracy and readability. It’s as literal to the original as possible without sacrificing clarity. The CSB is poised to become the translation that pastors rely on and Bible readers turn to again and again to read and to share with others.

Is the Christian Standard Bible a new translation?

The Christian Standard Bible (CSB) is a revision of the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB), updating translation and word choices in order to improve on the HCSB’s balance of faithfulness and clarity, as well as to enhance the shareability of the translation to new Christians or those reading the Bible for the first time.

When will the CSB be available on my favorite Bible apps, website, and digital platforms?

The Christian Standard Bible is available for free on your iOS and Android devices. You can also access the CSB on Kindle, Bible.com, Bible Gateway, YouVersion, and more. We are working diligently with many partners to ensure that you will be able to access the Christian Standard Bible everywhere Bible translations appear. Check this page for most updated list of all digital platforms where the CSB is available.

How is the Christian Standard Bible (CSB) different from the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)?

The Christian Standard Bible is a revision of the HCSB, updating translation and word choices in order to optimize both fidelity to the original languages and clarity for a modern audience. The Translation Oversight Committee, co-chaired by Drs. Tom Schreiner and David Allen, incorporated advances in biblical scholarship and input from Bible scholars, pastors, and readers to sharpen both accuracy and readability.

Why was the Holman Christian Standard Bible updated?

We are committed to improving the translation based on advances in biblical scholarship and input from Bible scholars, pastors, and readers. Taking each of these factors into consideration, the Christian Standard Bible has improved on the HCSB’s faithfulness to the original text and clarity for a modern audience.

Who serves on the Translation Oversight Committee for the CSB?

The revision and oversight committee, co-chaired by Dr. Tom Schreiner and Dr. David Allen, is composed of top biblical scholars from variety of colleges and seminaries and a range of conservative, evangelical viewpoints and denominations. These scholars provide oversight for the Christian Standard Bible, keeping the text up-to-date with current biblical scholarship and ensuring clarity for a modern audience. See complete list of Translation Oversight Committee members and their biographical information.

What denominations were involved in creating the Christian Standard Bible?

One hundred scholars from 17 denominations translated the HCSB from the original Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic manuscripts. Keeping that trans-denominational focus, the revision and oversight committee of the CSB is comprised of top biblical scholars from a variety of conservative, evangelical denominations, including Southern Baptist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, conservative Anglican and non-denominational Bible churches. See more information about these world-class biblical scholars here.

Who provides oversight and stewardship of the Christian Standard Bible

Holman Bible Publishers, a division of LifeWay, is the non-profit ministry that holds the copyright of the CSB and is responsible for its stewardship and its commercial publishing.

What is the translation philosophy of the Christian Standard Bible?

The CSB was translated using a methodology called Optimal Equivalence, which balances contemporary English readability with linguistic precision to the original languages. This process assures that both the words and thoughts contained in the original text are conveyed as accurately as possible for today’s readers. Learn more.

How does the Christian Standard Bible compare to other translations?

The CSB lands in the sweet spot between the more formal (“word-for-word”) translations and more dynamic (“thought-for-thought”) translations. Research has proven that the Christian Standard Bible is the optimal combination of fidelity to the original languages and readability for a modern audience. The CSB was created using a methodology called Optimal Equivalence, which balances contemporary English readability with linguistic precision to the original languages, making it ideal not only for preaching and study, but for sharing with others. Learn more.

Why should I choose the Christian Standard Bible over other Bible translations?

Three reasons:

  • The CSB is an original translation: more than 100 scholars from 17 denominations translated directly from the best available Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic source texts into English. Its source texts are the standard used by scholars and seminaries today.
  • The CSB is trustworthy: the conservative, evangelical scholars of the CSB affirm the authority of Scripture as the inerrant Word of God and seek the highest level of faithfulness to the original and accuracy in their translation.
  • The CSB is clear: it is as literal a translation of the ancient source texts as possible, but, in the many places throughout Scripture where a word-for-word rendering might obscure the meaning for a modern audience, it uses a more dynamic translation. This makes the CSB ideal not only for preaching and study, but for reading and sharing with others.

Is the Christian Standard Bible considered a good translation for serious study?

Yes. The CSB is translated directly from the best available Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic source texts into English by biblical scholars who affirm the authority of Scripture as the inerrant Word of God and seek the highest level of accuracy in their translation. The CSB is as literal a translation of the original languages as possible while still balancing clarity in English, making it ideal not only for preaching and study, but also for reading and sharing with others.

Why was the word “Holman” removed from the name of the translation?

Holman Bible Publishers carries the name of a Philadelphia-based book binder, Andrew Jackson Holman and has a proud heritage as the oldest North American Bible publisher, dating back to 1743. While the publishing entity retains the name, the Holman family name in the name of a Bible translation often created more questions than answers. “Christian Standard Bible” removes those questions and increases appeal to the broad audience that the CSB is designed to serve.

When will CSB Bibles be available?

The full text of the Christian Standard Bible is available to read online. A variety of text, reference and specialty Bibles for children, teens and adults will be available in March 2017, while others will be released over the next year. Learn more.

Is the Christian Standard Bible available on a mobile app?

The Christian Standard Bible app is now available for your iOS or Android device at the following links:

With a simple interface that highlights the biblical text, the Christian Standard Bible mobile app ensures that you can take your Bible with you anywhere you go. App features include offline access, light and dark theme, social image sharing, text-centric interface, and built-in reading plans.

Stay tuned for updates including adjustable font sizes, seamless scrolling, additional reading plans, and more.

 

Where can I read the Christian Standard Bible online?

The full text of the Christian Standard Bible is available to read online as well as on your favorite Bible reading website/app.

What is the reading level of the Christian Standard Bible?

Each individual book of the Bible measures at a different reading level, due to differing writing styles of the biblical authors; some books are more readable than others. The average reading level for the entire text of the Christian Standard Bible is 7th grade.

May I use the Christian Standard Bible in my writing?

The text of the Christian Standard Bible may be quoted in any form (written, visual, electronic, or audio) up to 1,000 verses without the written permission of the publisher, provided that the verses quoted do not account for more than 50 percent of the work in which they are quoted, and provided that a complete book of the Bible is not quoted. The following credit lines must appear:

Scripture quotations marked CSB have been taken from the Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Christian Standard Bible® and CSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

Requests for permission beyond the 1,000 verses should be directed to and approved in writing by Holman Bible Publishers, One LifeWay Plaza, Nashville, Tennessee 37234.

For further questions, email contact@csbible.com.