Thursday, April 27, 2017

English Bibles published before 1611

English Bibles published before the KJV in 1611 that can be found online:
Brief English Bible Timeline
  • 670s Parts of the Bible were translated in England as early as the 670s, AD. See The Anglo-Saxon Gospels
  • 1380s The first English language Bible manuscripts were produced by AD 1382 by John Wycliffe and others, from the Latin Vulgate.
  • 1520s William Tyndale translated the New Testament from the Greek into English by 1526.
  • 1530s Myles Coverdale in 1535 published the Coverdale Bible, the first complete Bible in English.
  • 1530s John Rogers, under the pseudonym “Thomas Matthew,” published the Matthew Bible in 1537.
  • 1530s Richard Taverner issued, with some revision, and edition of the Matthew Bible circa 1539.
  • 1530s In 1539 Myles Coverdale, under the auspices of the Archbishop of Canterbury, published the Great Bible.
  • 1560s The complete Geneva Bible was published in 1560 (also known as the “Breeches Bible”).
  • 1560s The Bishop’s Bible (a revision of the Great Bible) was introduced in 1568, superintended by Archbishop Parker.
  • 1600s The Roman Catholic Church acquiesed to the demand for English translation of the Bible and by 1609 produced the Douay-Rheims Version (the Rheims NT was available in 1582 and the complete Bible in 1609.
  • 1600s In 1611 the King James Bible was built on these foundations (excluding the Douay-Rheims), the culmination of over 200 years Bible translation work, and became the primary Bible of English-speakers for the next 300-400 years.

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