The New American Standard Bible is widely regarded as the most literally translated of 20th-century English Bible translations. According to the NASB's preface, the translators had a "Fourfold Aim" in this work:
<li>These publications shall be true to the original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. </li>
<li>They shall be grammatically correct. </li>
<li>They shall be understandable. </li>
<li>They shall give the Lord Jesus Christ His proper place, the place which the Word gives Him; therefore, no work will ever be personalized.</li>
The NASB is a revision of the American Standard Version of 1901. This translation was an alternative to the Revised Standard Version (1946-1952/1971), itself a revision of the ASV, but considered by many to be theologically liberal.