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History of the LSB

  • 1942 – La Habra, California

    On December 3, 1942, Dewey & Minna Lockman donated 75% of their large citrus ranch, located in La Habra, California, to form The Lockman Foundation, a non-profit corporation with the established purpose of promoting Christian evangelism, education, and benevolence.

    The first project of The Lockman Foundation was the development of a Bible study program for the servicemen stationed at the nearby El Toro Marine base during World War II. The reach of this program was extended beyond the base, and over the course of 35 months, the Foundation provided free soft drinks, tracts, and Bibles reaching over half a million military men with the gospel and offering encouragement from God’s Word.

    Expanding upon their successful adult outreach, Lockman created a summer Bible school program aimed at children in the community. From 1944-1946, students from the Bible Institute of Los Angeles (now known as Biola University) traveled throughout sections of California, holding summer Bible schools at any churches that requested them. Seeing the value of children’s ministry, The Lockman Foundation conceptualized and financed Christian Time Released Education. This ministry, which first started in Anaheim, CA and soon expanded to other nearby cities, allowed grade school children to be released from the classroom for one period each week for religious instruction and study. Eventually over 20,000 children were reached through this innovative ministry.

  • 1959

    In 1959, Lockman sensed the need for a translation of the Bible that would be clearly readable in current English but would not sacrifice any accuracy in the translation from Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic. With this vision in mind, a group of scholars and pastors were organized to start work on the New American Standard Bible. This literal translation, direct from the original languages and modeled on the scholarship and accuracy of the 1901 American Standard Version, also incorporated new information taken from the Dead Sea Scrolls which had recently been discovered.

  • 1971 – First Baptist Church – Anaheim, California

    On August 28, 1971, the NASB was dedicated at a public service held at Dewey Lockman’s home church, First Baptist Church of Anaheim, California. The desire for a modern literal translation proved overwhelming and in 1977 the Christian Booksellers’ Association recorded the NASB as the number one selling Bible in America.

    Following the success of the NASB, The Lockman Foundation continued its far-reaching work in foreign language translation and produced the Korean Standard Bible, the New Chinese Bible (Mandarin/Cantonese), the New Chinese Bible (mainland simplified script), the New Hindi Bible (India), and La Biblia de las Américas (Spanish) using the same principles of literal translation used in the NASB.

  • 1981

    In 1981 the New American Standard Exhaustive Concordance was published, allowing for easy in-depth study of the Bible. This monumental project, the first totally new exhaustive concordance of its kind to be published in over a century, took over 11 years to complete and contained over 400,000 entries listing every word in the NASB. This tool further established the NASB as the version of choice for theologians and scholars. Because of its accuracy, readability, and clarity, the NASB soon became trusted and used by scholars, pastors, teachers, and everyday readers for daily reading and in-depth study. It was this accuracy and readability that drew Pastor John MacArthur to make it his primary translation of choice for the past 40 years. 

  • 1995

    From 1977-1995, the NASB went through an update, removing the archaic language of “thee”, “thou”, and “thy”. The result was the NASB ’95, which serves as the base text for the LSB. The pictures below show one of the original Bibles used by the translators to update the text from the ’77 edition to the ’95!

  • 2020 – Los Angeles, California

    In January of 2020, the leaders of The Lockman Foundation and Three Sixteen Publishing met with John MacArthur and Abner Chou to explore the idea of an update to the NASB. The vision was twofold, update some of the language of the NASB, while preserving the accuracy and trustworthiness of the translation, for generations to come. 

    The result is the Legacy Standard Bible. Produced by a team of scholars from The Master’s Seminary and University, they worked directly from the original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek to update the text of the NASB. If no update was necessary, then it was left as is. In that way, the LSB preserves and honors the legacy of the NASB. ‘


    The Legacy Standard Bible (LSB) is a translation that—at its core—seeks to be a window into the original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. By translating individual words as consistently as possible within their various nuances, it allows the reader to discern what God originally wrote and know the author’s intent. In this way, the LSB seeks to be an refinement upon the NASB, while simultaneously preserving its faithful legacy.

LSB – New Testament
with Psalms & Proverbs

Pre-order the LSB New Testament with Psalms & Proverbs! It will be available in 7 different covers, including faux leather, Italian Cowhide, and premium goatskin leather. Other features include:

• Two column, verse-by-verse format
• 8.5 font with black text
• Line matched Scripture text
• 32 gsm French-milled paper
• Sewn binding
• Double-sided satin ribbon
• Footnotes for currency, weights, and measurements

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