Recommended Books About English Bible Versions

 

Anderson, Christopher. Annals of the English Bible. London: William Pickering, 1845.

Two volume set. Very thorough coverage that includes the political and religious events of the times as well. Though this is long out of print, an inexpensive reprint is available through the Bible Reader’s Museum (www.BibleReadersMuseum.com).

 

Bruce, F. F. History of the Bible in English, third edition. New York: Oxford University Press, 1978.

ISBN 0-19-520088-8. Bruce’s book provides an excellent history of the Bible in English. His treatment of the subject is thorough, covering Bibles from Wycliffe up to those of the 1970s. In his discussion of later versions one will note a bias toward those of British origin, however, his scholarship is otherwise excellent.

 

Daniell, David. William Tyndale: A Biography. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1994.

ISBN 0-300-06880-8. A thorough work on Tyndale’s life, politics, faith and translations. Written by the chairman of the William Tyndale Society.

 

Lewis, Jack P. The English Bible from KJV to NIV: A History and Evaluation, second edition. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 1991.

ISBN 0-8010-5666-7. Lewis’ work is a detailed analysis of 14 of the most common Bible versions. Rather than focus just on the history, he also provides a textual analysis of each version. He details changes, additions and omissions as well as the translators’ reasoning for those changes. This is a very helpful book for anyone who intends to recommend Bible versions for others.

 

Mozley, J. F. Coverdale and his Bibles. Cambridge: James Clarke & Co., 1953.

ISBN 0-227-17238-8. From the “Library of Ecclesiastical History.” A very extensive and detailed coverage of every Bible to which Coverdale contributed. Also provides a history of his life.

 

Scrivener, F. H. A. The Authorized Edition of the English Bible (1611): It’s Subsequent Reprints and Modern Representatives. Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2004.

ISBN 1-59244-634-5. Scrivener’s work is a very thorough history of the various editions of the Authorised Version of 1611. In the appendices, he gives very detailed lists of the variances between the editions. Involved with the 1881-5 Revised Version, Scrivener is uniquely qualified to provide such an intense look at the AV.