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Timeline

A brief timeline of English Bible

The Bible was originally written in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek

4th CenturyDuring the 4th century, St. Jerome translated the Bible into Latin- the Vulgate, meaning “common” or “of all people”.
10th CenturyIn the 10th century, some accounts from the New Testament were translated into English.
14th CenturyIn the 14th century, John Wycliffe, professor of theology and philosophy at the University of Oxford, translated the whole Bible into English from Latin.
1525-1534William Tyndale (1494-1546) became the first to translate the Bible into English from the original languages.
1611When King James came to power in 1603, he authorized a revision of earlier versions due to their stylistic and doctrinal inconsistencies. This is the King James Version. (KJV) or Authorized Version of 1611.
19th century to the presentModifications to the King James Versions include Revised Version (1885), Revised Standard Version (1952), the New Revised Standard Version (1989), and the English Standard Version (2001).
Today popular English Bible versions include the Living Translation (1971) that translates into contemporary English based on American Standard Version of 1901; the Good News Bible (1976), a modern-day readable translation produced by American Bible Society; and most popular of them all, the New International Version (1978), a translation that goes between the more literal translation of King James Bible and the more informal Good News Bible.

Introducing important English Bible translations that inspired early writers

Wycliffe’s Bible

Tyndale’s Bible

Geneva Bible

King James’ Bible (1611)


A brief timeline of English Bible

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FIND THE ORIGIN OF IDIOMS

A lot of phrases, such as "two-edged sword" and " an eye for an eye", are taken from the English Bible. Learning the stories behind these idioms is fun, and can help boost your vocabulary. Click here to find out now!

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What's in a name?

Common names such as Joseph and Rachel have their origins in the Bible. Want to know their stories before picking the right name for yourself? Click here to find out.