English Bible Timeline
Here is a timeline of the development of our English Bible
1,400 BC: The first written Word of God: The Ten Commandments delivered to Moses.
500 BC: Completion of All Original Hebrew Manuscripts which make up The 39 Books of the
200 BC: Completion of the Septuagint Greek Manuscripts which contain The 39 Old Testament
Books AND 14 Apocrypha Books.
1st Century AD: Completion of All Original Greek Manuscripts which make up The 27 Books of
the New Testament.
315 AD: Athenasius, the Bishop of Alexandria, identifies the 27 books of the New Testament
which are today recognized as the body of New Testament scripture.
382 AD: Jerome's Latin Vulgate Manuscripts Produced which contain All 80 Books (39 Old Test.
+ 14 Apocrypha + 27 New Test).
500 AD: Scriptures have been Translated into Over 500 Languages.
600 AD: LATIN was the Only Language Allowed for Scripture.
995 AD: Anglo−Saxon (Early Roots of English Language) Translations of The New Testament
1384 AD: Wycliffe is the First Person to Produce a Hand−Written manuscript copy of
the whole Bible (All 80 Books.)
1455 AD: Gutenberg Invents the Printing Press; Books May Now be mass−Produced Instead of
Individually Hand−Written. The First Book Ever Printed is a bible in Latin.
1516 AD: Erasmus Produces a Greek/Latin Parallel New Testament.
1522 AD: Martin Luther Produces a German New Testament.
1526 AD: William Tyndale Produces a New Testament; The First New Testament printed in the English
1535 AD: Myles Coverdale Produces a Bible; The First Complete Bible printed in the English Language
(All 80 Books: O.T., N.T. and Apocrypha).
1537 AD: The "Tyndale−Matthews Bible" produced; The Second Complete Bible printed in English.
Done by John "Thomas Matthew" Rogers (All 80 Books).
1539 AD: The "Great Bible" Printed; The First English Language Bible Authorized for Public Use
(All 80 Books).
1560 AD: The "Geneva Bible" Printed; The First English Language Bible to add Numbered Verses
to Each Chapter (All 80 Books).
1568 AD: The "Bishops Bible" Printed; The Bible of which the King James was a Revision
(All 80 Books).
1609 AD: The Douay Old Testament is added to the Rheims New Testament (of 1582) Making
the First Complete English Catholic Bible; Translated from the Latin Vulgate (All 80 Books).
1611 AD: The "King James Bible" Printed; Originally with All 80 Books. The Apocrypha was
Officially Removed in 1885 Leaving Only 66 Books.
1782 AD: Robert Aitken prints a Bible; The First English Language Bible (KJV) Printed in America.
1791 AD: Isaac Collins and Isaiah Thomas Respectively Produce the First Family Bible and First
Illustrated Bible Printed in America. Both were King James Versions, with All 80 Books.
1808 AD: Jane Aitken prints a Bible (Daughter of Robert Aitken); The First Bible to be Printed
by a Woman.
1833 AD: Noah Webster prints a Bible; After Producing his Famous Dictionary, Webster Printed his
Own Revision of the King James Bible.
1841 AD: English Hexapla New Testament; an Early Textual Comparison showing the Greek and
6 Famous English Translations in Parallel Columns.
1846 AD: The Illuminated Bible; The Most Lavishly Illustrated Bible printed in America. A King
James Version, with All 80 Books.
1885 AD: The "English Revised Version" Bible; The First Major English Revision after the KJV.
1901 AD: The "American Standard Version"; The First Major American Revision after the KJV.
1971 AD: The "New American Standard Bible" (NASB) is Published and advertised as a "Modern and Accurate
Word for Word English Translation" of the Bible.
1973 AD: The "New International Version" (NIV) is Published and advertised as a "Modern and Accurate
Phrase for Phrase English Translation" of the Bible.
1982 AD: The "New King James Version" (NKJV) is Published and advertised as a "Modern English Version
Maintaining the Original Style of the King James."