Into the early 19th century, because of changing literary styles, diction, and language usage, several attempts had been made periodically to revise the King James Version to make its language more current. None of these had any lasting significance. However, since the translation in the early 17th century, earlier and more accurate biblical manuscripts had been discovered, a greater understanding of the intricacies of Greek and Hebrew grammar construction had developed, and archeological research had provided new perspectives on life in biblical times. As well, in several centuries, the English language itself had undergone significant changes. In the 1870s, serious work began on a major revision of the King James Version to reflect all of these new realities. A committee of over 50 English and American scholars was established and began meeting in 1871. The result was the publication in 1881 of the English Revised Version, or Revised Version, which was the first and remains the only officially authorized revision of the King James Bible. The New Testament was published in 1881, the Old Testament in 1885, and the Apocrypha in 1895. During the project, an American revision committee had consulted with the English revisers of the Revised Version and in 1901 the American Standard Version, which was officially the American standard edition of the English Revised Version, was published. The ASV had a much stronger reception in the United States than the Revised Version had in England. In fact, copies of the ASV were imported back into England, but neither the RV nor the ASV replaced the popularity of the King James Bible. While the language of the ASV lacks the beauty of the King James Version, it became the standard Bible for many of the Sunday School publications in the early 20th century because of its greater precision in language use. As the 20th century moved on, a plethora of new translations appeared, but none, like the English Revised Version or the American Standard Version, were seen as revisions of the King James Bible.