Tyndale - to the - KJV

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I've been posting a lot about William Tyndale lately, but with the thought that he didn't complete his translation of the Old Testament I thought it would be interesting to chart the Bible translations that came out in the years after him. And show his impact upon them.


1535 -Tyndale Arrested
 Tyndale had translated the entire New Testament from its original languages along with Genesis - through to - Kings as well as Jonah from the Old Testament.

1535 - Coverdale Bible 
Miles Coverdale (a companion of Tyndale) used Tyndale's translations, and since he was no a scholar, used other European translations, such as Luther's German Bible to complete an English Bible.

1536 -  Tyndale martyred for translating the Bible into English.

1537 - The Matthew Bible
John Rogers had got hold of his friend William Tyndale's manuscripts upon his arrest. With Roger's knowledge of Hebrew and using other translations he released the Matthew Bible.

1539 - The Great Bible
The Great Bible was commissioned in English by King Henry VIII.
The Great Bible was over two-thirds Tyndale's translation, however the rest was translated from the Latin Vulgate rather than the original languages.
[Side Note: The Great Bible was overseen by Bishop Cuthbert Tunstall, the Bishop who'd so vehemently sought after Tyndale's death for heresy and who in 1526 publically burned Tyndale New Testaments outside St Paul's Cathederal.]

1560 - The Geneva Bible 
William Whittingham, along with scholars Robert Estienne & Theodore Beza released the first English Bible to be entirely translated from the Original languages. While over 80% is Tyndale, the books untranslated by Tyndale were for the first time translated directly from Hebrew.
The Geneva Bible was the main Bible of 16th century protestantism  and was the 1st English Bible to introduce verse numbers.

1568 - The Bishop's Bible
The Church of England had no love for the Geneva Bible, so developed their own, which became known as the Bishop's Bible. This version never really took off, except for with the bishops.

1611 - The King James Bible
Commissioned by King James and authorized by the Church of England for use throughout the churches The King James Version (also known as The Authorized Version) soon became the main Bible in the English language. A computer analysis shows that 84% of the New Testament KJV is Tyndale and 76% of the Old Testament.

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