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EARLY ENGLISH VERSIONS

 

 

OF THE BIBLE

 

 

We are blessed to have the Bible in our English language. It goes without saying that the Bible was not originally written in English but Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek--languages that are now confined to the classrooms of Bible colleges.

Our English language has change over the centuries and it has been necessary to "update" our English versions of the Bible to reflect the English as spoken and understood by people living in the times. Here is a history of those changes. Only the language changes--the truth of the Bible remains unchanged.

The Anglo-Saxon versions are in old-English; Wycliffe wrote in middle-English; all other versions are in modern-English--but even modern-English has evolved.

Origin of our English Bible

 

 

EARLY VERSIONS

DATE

Anglo-Saxon Gospels 1000
Anglo-Saxon Gospels 1200
Wycliffe Bible 1395
Tyndale Bible 1525
Miles Coverdale Bible 1535
The Great Bible 1540
Matthew's Bible 1549
The Bishop's Bible 1568
The Geneva Bible 1587

 

KING JAMES VERSIONS

DATE

Original Translation 1611
First Revision 1769
Second Revision 1850

 

MODERN REVISIONS of the KING JAMES VERSION

DATE

Revised Version        (Great Britain) 1885

American Standard Version

 (United States)

1901

 

OTHER INTERESTING VERSIONS 

KJV Apocrypha  

Greek New Testament 

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Wesley New Testament

1755

The Jefferson Bible