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Waxahachie, Texas - September 4, 2014 - Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) Alumna Dr. Verna Linzey, D.D., served on a team of 47 translators for the new Modern English Version (MEV), which was released Tuesday, September 2, 2014.

Verna Linzey attended what was then Southwestern Bible School in Enid, Oklahoma, from 1936 to 1938. She later received an honorary doctor of divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary to honor her for her accomplishments in the ministry. She has served as an essential player in several Bible translations, even translating the entire book of Proverbs for the MEV text. Her son and Chief Editor of the Modern English Version, James F. Linzey, began the production of the MEV in 2005.

“The Modern English Version is an outstanding update of the King James Version that is based on a modern English vernacular," Verna Linzey said. "I highly recommend it.”

The MEV is a literal, modernized translation of the Holy Bible that is based on the same texts as the original King James Version (KJV). After beginning the project in 2005, James Linzey formed a team of 47 scholars who would make it a priority to preserve a great amount of the original wording, rhythm and flow of the KJV. 

These scholars were able to accurately update the KJV by translating its Old Testament Masoretic Text and New Testament Textus Receptus by taking into consideration certain discoveries, information, and resources that were not available to King James I when he first commissioned the KJV in 1611. As a result, the MEV has become the KJV in a more modern dialect of the English language. 

Stanley M. Horton, the Senior Editorial Advisor of the MEV, has worked with Verna Linzey on other Bible translations, namely the New Tyndale Translation, for which she served as the Chief Editor. Horton states that "The MEV is a clear and concise translation that will appeal to modern Bible readers” and that he "highly recommends the Modern English Version for the entire English speaking world.”

The MEV New Testament was completed in 2011 for the 400th anniversary of the King James Version's publication, and the completed version was made available for purchase on September 2, 2014. Overall, it took a full nine years to complete the entire Bible. 

For more information, visit the Modern English Version website here.

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