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.

The dates prior to the 15th century are questionable. Please comment if you have information to help substantiate the dates.

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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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