Old English Bibles

Daniel Mace New Testament (1729)

Mace’s New Testament, 1729

[Daniel Mace], The New Testament in Greek and English, Containing the Original Text Corrected from the Authority of the most Authentic Manuscripts: And a New Version Form’d agreeably to the Illustrations of the Most Learned Commentators and Critics: with Notes and Various Readings, and a Copious Alphabetical Index. 2 vols. London: for J. Roberts, 1729.

Mace New TestamentDaniel Mace, a Presbyterian minister in Newbury, England, published this edition anonymously. It is a bilingual edition, Greek and English in parallel columns, with annotations. Continue reading

Bishops Bible

The Bishops Bible is an English translation of the Bible which was produced under the authority of the established Church of England in 1568. It was substantially revised in 1572, and the 1602 edition was prescribed as the base text for the King James Bible that was completed in 1611.-Wikipedia Continue reading

Charles Thomson Old Covenant Bible OT NT

Charles Thomson OT NT

Charles Thomson’s Translation of the Old Covenant is a direct translation of the Greek Septuagint version of the Old Testament into English, rare for its time. The work took 19 years to complete and was originally published in 1808. Thomson is credited with having created the work with little to no help from other scholars. Charles Thomson was a Greek scholar, and before the American Revolution, had been a teacher at several prominent schools. Thomson’s translation of the entire Greek Bible, excluding the Apocrypha, was published in one-thousand sets of four volumes each, the fourth volume being Thomson’s translation of the New Testament in that same year. The printer was Jane Aitken of Philadelphia.[1] Continue reading

Coverdale Bible of 1535

The Coverdale Bible, compiled by Myles Coverdale and published in 1535, was the first complete Modern English translation of the Bible (not just the Old Testament or New Testament), and the first complete printed translation into English (cf. Wycliffe’s Bible in manuscript). The later editions (folio and quarto) published in 1539 were the first complete Bibles printed in England. The 1539 folio edition carried the royal licence and was therefore the first officially approved Bible translation in English.-Wikipedia Continue reading

Geneva Bible

The Geneva Bible is one of the most historically significant translations of the Bible into English, preceding the King James Version by 51 years.[1] It was the primary Bible of 16th century English Protestantism and was the Bible used by William Shakespeare,[2] Oliver Cromwell, John Knox, John Donne, and John Bunyan, author of Pilgrim’s Progress (1678).[3] It was one of the Bibles taken to America on the Mayflower (Pilgrim Hall Museum and Dr. Jiang have collected several bibles of Mayflower passengers). The Geneva Bible was used by many English Dissenters, and it was still respected by Oliver Cromwell’s soldiers at the time of the English Civil War, in the booklet “Cromwell’s Soldiers’ Pocket Bible”.[4]-Wikipedia

Authorized King James Version Pure Cambridge Edition

The Pure Cambridge Edition of the Bible, first published in about the year 1900 by Cambridge University Press and Collins publishers, is also known as the Standard text. It is the product of textual purification that has occurred since 1611 when the Authorized Version was completed, and it has been used as the received text for many decades. Millions of copies were issued by Bible and missionary societies in the twentieth century. This text stands in contrast to all other editions (especially newly edited and modernized ones), uses the standard Cambridge spelling, and is scrupulously exact right down to the italics and punctuation. In many ways, this is the most accurate, reliable, and faithful edition of the Bible ever published. It has been newly designed and typeset using the sturdy but beautful Minion typeface. Originally referring to a specific size of type, the word “Minion” means “a beloved servant.” This full-text edition of the Authorized King James Version of the Bible includes both the Old and New Testaments. Those who care about accuracy and presentation will find this edition ideal for use in church and in personal study. – Description from amazon.com Continue reading