Bible Publication Dates

This article contains a list of names of Bibles ordered from the oldest to the newest. This list primarily contains English Bibles and is not exhaustive.

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1400 BC – Moses’ Ten Commandments

1312 (Orthodox Judaism tradition) – Moses given Oral Torah at Mount Sinai

1273 – Moses writes 13 scrolls of the complete Torah and gives one to each tribe, puts one in Holy Ark

500 BC – Completion of all original Hebrew Manuscripts which make up the 39 books of the OT

200 BC – Completion of the Septuagint Greek Manuscripts which make up the 39 OT books and the 14 Apocrypha books

1st Century AD – Completion of all Original Greek Manuscripts which make up the 27 books of the NT

315 AD – Athenasius, Bishop of Alexandria, identifies the 27 books of the NT recognized today

382 – Jerome’s Latin Vulgate Manuscripts produced with all 80 books (39 OT, 14 Apocrypha, 27 NT). The bibles below that have *LV after them are based upon the Latin Vulgate of Jerome.

1382-1384 – John Wycliffe is the first to translate the entire Bible into English from Latin Vulgate. He is also the first person to produce a handwritten manuscript copy of the complete bible, 80 books. *LV

c.1450s – The printing press is invented.

1455 – The first thing ever printed is the Gutenberg Latin Bible printed in Germany.

1475 – The Codex Vaticanus surfaces out of obscurity. The bibles below that have *CV after them are based upon the Codex Vaticanus.

1496 – Oxford professor John Colet

1516 – Erasmus produces Greek/Latin parallel NT, not containing the corrupt Vulgate, but his own rendering. This is the Textus Receptus. The bibles below that have *TR after them are based upon the Textus Receptus of Erasmus.

1522 – Martin Luther’s German NT.

1522 – Complutensian Polyglot Bible.

1524 – The Masoretic Text is first printed. The bibles below that have *MT after them are based upon the Masoretic Text.

1525 – William Tyndale completes NT translation from the Greek in 1525. *TR

1530 – Jacques Lefèvre d’Étaples translated the Vulgate into French (which was also the first complete Christian bible available in the French language). *LV

1534 – Martin Luther’s complete Bible is published. The bibles below that have *ML after them are based upon the Bible of Martin Luther.

1535 – Miles Coverdale prints first complete Bible in English, Coverdale Bible (TCB). *LV, *ML, *MT, *TR

1537 – Matthew’s Bible, 2nd complete edition of Bible in English (80 books). *LV, *ML, *MT, *TR

1539 – Great Bible published, over 21,000 copies printed in 7 editions in 1 year, working under patronage of Thomas Cromwell. Crammer’s Bible, First English Bible authorized for public use (80 books). *LV, *ML, *MT, *TR

1539 – Taverner’s Bible. A minor revision on Matthew’s Bible. *LV, *ML, *MT, *TR

1560 – Geneva Bible (GEN) completed (90% William Tyndall’s English translation). The first English Bible to add numbered verses to each chapter (80 books). *LV, *MT, *TR

1568 – Bishops Bible printed (80 books). *TR

1571 – Queen Elizabeth decrees Bishop’s Bible placed in every parish church. The Bishop’s Bible was a basis for King James Bible. *TR

1582 – Douay-Rheims Bible based on Latin, Greek, and Hebrew MSS. *LV

1600s – Codex Alexandrinus is discovered in the first half of the century. This codex goes on to be the basis for many bibles.

1609 – Douay-Rheims Bible (DR), Douay OT added to Rheims NT (1582), First Complete English Catholic Bible (80books). *LV

1611 – King James Bible (KJV) printed (80 books), Apocrypha removed in 1885 leaving 66 books. *LV, *MT, *TR

1752 – Douay-Rheims Bible (Challoner Revision) (DRC). *LV

1764 – Quaker Bible. *MT, *TR

1769 – Oxford Standard Edition of 1611 KJB. *TR

1782 – Robert Aitken’s Bible – First English Bible printed in America

1791 – Isaac Collins and Isaiah Thomas produce first family bible and first illustrated bible, KJV (80 books)

1808 – Jane Aitken’s bible, first bible printed by a woman

1808 – Thomson’s Translation. *CV

1833 – Noah Webster’s Bible, revision of KJV. *TR

1841 – English Hexapla NT, early text comparison of the Greek and 6 famous English translations.

1844 – Brenton’s English Translation of the Septuagint

1846 – The Illuminated Bible

mid-1800s – The Codex Sinaiticus is discovered by Tischendorf. The bibles below that have *CS after them are based upon the Codex Sinaiticus.

1852 – Murdock Translation of Western Peshitto

1853 – Ferrar Fenton Bible. *MT

1862 – Young’s “Literal” Translation. *MT, *TR

1872 – Rotherham’s Emphasized Bible (REB), 1872 edition. *TR

1876 – Julia E. Smith Parker Translation. *MT, *TR

1881 – Westcott-Hort Bible. Based heavily on *CV, *CS.

1890 – Darby Bible (DBY). *CV, *CS, *MT, *TR

1901 – American Standard Version. The first major American revision of the KJV. *TR

1913 – Westminster Version of Sacred Scripture (WVSS)

1917 – Jewish Publication Society of America Version Tanakh (OT) (JPS)

1926 – Moffatt, New Translation

1926 – Concordant Literal Version (CLV) (Rev.1931, 1966)

1933 – Lamsa Bible

1941 – Confraternity Bible. A recension of the Challoner-Rheims Bible. *LV

1950 – Knox’s Translation of the Vulgate. *LV

1950 – New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures (NWT) (NT)

1952 – Revised Standard Version (RSV), revision of the 1901 American Standard Version.

1958 – Berkeley Version.

1960 – New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures (NWT) complete bible (2013 revised).

1963 – Judaica Press Tanakh (OT).

1965 – Amplified Bible.

1966 – Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSV-CE).

1966 – Jerusalem Bible (JB).

1969 – Modern Language Bible.

1969 – Bible in Worldwide English (NT)

1970 – New American Bible (NAB)

1970 – New English Bible (NEB)

1971 – New American Standard Bible (NASB)

1971 – King James II Version (KJ2)

1971 – The Living Bible (TLB)

1971 – The Story Bible

1971 – New American Standard Bible (NASB)

1972 – “The Bible in Living English”

1973 – Cotton Patch series (NT)

1976 – “An American Translation”

1976 – Good News Bible (GNB)

1978 – New International Version (NIV)

1978 – Simple English Bible

1982 – New King James Version (NKJV), “Modern English version maintaining the original style of the King James”. *TR

1985 – Green’s Literal Translation. *TR

1985 – New Jerusalem Bible (NJB).

1985 – Recovery Version of the Bible

1985 – New Jewish Publication Society of America Version. Tanakh (OT)

1986 – Christian Community Bible (English version) (CCB)

1986 – New Life Version (NLV)

1989 – Easy-to-Read Version

1989 – Revised English Bible (REB)

1989 – New Revised Standard Version (NRSV), revision of 1952 RSV

1990 – Modern King Jame Version

1991 – New Century Version (NCV)

1994 – Leeser Bible Tanakh (OT)

1994 – Clear Word Bible

1994 – The Living Torah and The Living Nach. Tanakh (OT)

1995 – Contemporary English Version (CEV)

1995 – God’s Word (GW)

1996 – ArtScroll Tanakh (OT)

1996 – New International Version Inclusive Language Edition (NIVI)

1998 – Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

1998 – New International Reader’s Version (NIrV)

1998 – Third Millennium Bible. *TR

1999 – American King James Version printed

1999 – The Common Edition New Testament (NT)

2000 – English Jubilee 2000 Bible

2000 – King James 2000 Version. *TR

2000 – World English Bible (WEB)

2001 – EasyEnglish Bible

2002 – English Standard Version (ESV), published to bridge gap between accuracy of NASB and readability of NIV

2002 – The Message (MSG)

2002 – The Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB)

2003 – A Voice In The Wilderness Holy Scriptures

2004 – Hebraic Roots Version

2004 – Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

2004 – Updated King James Version

2005 – New English Translation (NET)

2005 – Today’s New International Version (TNIV)

2005 – The Beloved and I: New Jubilees Version of the Sacred Scriptures in Verse

2005 – Dabhar Translation

2006 – Revised Standard Version-Second Catholic Edition (RSV-2CE)

2007 – The Inclusive Bible

2008 – The Orthodox Study Bible (OSB)

2008 – The Comprehendsive New Testament

2008-2012 – Aramaic English New Testament (NT)

2009 – Catholic Public Domain Version (CPDV)

2009 – HalleluYah Scriptures

2010 – King James Easy Reading Version

2010 – SBL Greek NT (Orthodox)

2011 – International Standard Version (ISV)

2011 – New American Bible Revised Edition (NABRE)

2011 – Common English Bible (CEB)

2011 – Divine Name King James Bible (DNKJB)

2011/2014 – Names of God Bible (NOG)

2012 – The Voice Bible (VOICE)

2012 – A Conservative Version (NT)

2013 – New Messianic Version (NMV)

2014 – Modern English Version (MEV)

2014 – Tree of Life Bible

2017 – Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

2017 – Evangelical Heritage Version (EHV)

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References:

[1] – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Textus_Receptus#English_translations_from_Textus_Receptus

[2] – http://www.historyofinformation.com/detail.php?id=2227

[3] – https://hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/questions/5598/english-bible-translations-based-on-the-vulgate

[4] – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_English_Bible_translations

[5] – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masoretic_Text#History_of_the_Masorah

[6] – https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?recnum=4300

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