The following list of Bible Translations is from “A Brief History of English Bible Translations” by Laurence Vance (1993), which listed over 290 translations of the Bible in ENGLISH.


“The following is an attempt to comprehensively tabulate all English translations of the Bible since 1611. As the body of this work, the focus of this Appendix is on complete Bibles or separate Old or New Testaments. After the year is given, the complete title is supplied if known. In the case of extremely lengthy or obscure titles, a partial or descriptive title is provided. Unless specified otherwise, each version should be considered a complete Old and New Testament. If the title does not indicate whether the version is a complete Bible or an Old or New Testament, that designation is furnished. The translators’ names are given, if produced by one or two individuals, but not if by a group or committee since it would be infeasible to do so. Many of these ensuing translations do not appear in the body of the work simply because nothing else is known about them other than the title, year, and translator.”


List provided by Laurence M. Vance


I divided the list into the number of Bible Translations made during each Century following the publication of the AV1611 (i.e. The King James Bible) and, in addition, I found a few more translations and added them to the list {note: all translations in Maroon Text Color added to list by G.A.}, so that there is now over 300 English Bible Translations (New Testament or Old Testament or Both Testaments Combined) in the List:


1600’s {Approx. 4 New Private Translations - New Testament or Old Testament or Combined.}


No NewSanctioned or Officially RecognizedTranslations since the AV1611 published


1653 A Paraphrase, and Annotations Upon all the Books of the New Testament; Henry Hammond.
1657 The Dutch Annotations upon the whole Bible; Theodore Haak.
1685 New Testament with a paraphrase and notes; Richard Baxter.
1690 The Holy Bible; Samuel Clarke.

1700’s {Approx. 26 New Private Translations - New Testament or Old Testament or Combined.}


No NewSanctioned or Officially RecognizedTranslations since the AV1611 published


1703 Paraphrase and Commentary on the New Testament; Daniel Whitby.
1718 The New Testament; Cornelius Nary.
1724 The Common translation corrected, with a paraphrase and notes (NT); Edward Wells.
1729 The New Testament in Greek and English; Daniel Mace.
1730 Annotations on the New Testament of Jesus Christ; Robert Witham.
1730 The New Testament; William Webster.
1745 Primitive New Testament; William Whiston.
1752 Exposition of the New Testament in the form of a Paraphrase; John Guyse.
1755 Explanatory Notes on the New Testament; John Wesley.
1756 Family Expositor, or, a Paraphrase and Version of the New Testament; Philip Doddridge.
1761 An Interpretation of the New Testament; John Heylin.
1764 A new and literal translation of all the books of the Old and New Testament; Anthony Purver.
1764 The New Testament: carefully collated with the Greek, and corrected; Richard Wynne.
1765 A New Translation of the New Testament; Samuel Palmer.
1765 Explanatory Notes upon the Old Testament; John Wesley.
1768 A Liberal Translation of the New Testament; Edward Harwood.
1770 The New Testament or New Covenant of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; John Worsley.
1773 The Universal Family Bible; Henry Southwell.
1774 The Old Testament; Anselm Bayly.
1778 The Bible in Verse; John Fellows.
1791 A Translation of the New Testament; Gilbert Wakefield.
1795 A Translation of the New Testament from the original Greek; Thomas Haweis.
1795 The New Testament; Samuel Clarke and Thomas Pyle.
1796 The New Testament; William Newcome.
1798 A Translation of the New Testament from the Original Greek; Nathaniel Scarlett.
1799 A Revised Translation and Interpretation of the Sacred Scriptures; J.M. Ray.

1800’s {Approx. 75 New Translations - New Testament or Old Testament or Combined.}


One NewSanctioned or Officially RecognizedTranslation since the AV1611 published


1808 The Holy Bible containing The Old and New Covenant; Charles Thomson.
1808 The New Testament, in an improved version; Thomas Belsham.
1812 A modern, correct, and close translation of the New Testament; William Williams.
1816 The New Testament; William Thomson.
1817 A new family Bible, and improved version; Benjamin Boothroyd.
1822 The Holy Bible, Hebrew and English (OT); A. Alexander.
1823 The New Testament; Abner Kneeland.
1824 Revised Testament (NT); John Wilkins
1824 The Holy Bible; J. Watson.
1826 The Sacred Writings of the Apostles and Evangelists of Jesus Christ (NT); Alexander Campbell.
1828 The Gospel of God’s Anointed (NT); Alexander Greaves.
1828 The New Testament in the Common Version; John Palfrey.
1833 The Holy Bible; Noah Webster.
1833 A New and Corrected Version of the New Testament Rodolphus Dickinson.
1834 The Holy Bible; George Townsend.
1835 The Holy Writings of the First Christians (NT) J.M. Caldecott.
1836 The Book of the New Covenant (NT); Granville Penn.
1840 The New Testament; Edgar Taylor.
1841 The Holy Bible; J.T. Conquest.
1842 The Holy Bible; A.C Kendrick (NT).
1844 The Holy Bible, T J Hussey.
1844 The Septuagint version of the Old Testament; Lancelot Brenton.
1848 The New Testament; Jonathan Morgan.
1849 The New Testament; J.W. Etheridge.
1849 The Good News of Our Lord Jesus, the Anointed; Nathan Wbiting.
1850 The New Testament; Spencer Cone and William Wyckoff.
1851 The New Testament; James Murdock.
1852 An Exposition of the New Testament; Hezekiah Woo¬druff.
1853 The Twenty-Four Books of the Holy Scriptures (OT); Isaac Leeser.
1854 The Emphatic New Testament; John Taylor.
1857 The New Testament; John Bengel.
1857 The New Testament; J.A. Giles.
1858 The New Testament, Translated from the Original Greek; Leicester Sawyer
1858 The Old Testament Scriptures; Alexander Vance.
1860 The Holy Bible; Francis Kenrick.
1861 Jewish School and Family Bible (OT); A. Benisch.
1861 The New Testament; Leonard Thorn.
1862 The Holy Scriptures of the Old Covenant (OT).
1862 A Revised Translation of the New Testament; H. Highton.
1863 The Holy Bible; Robert Young.
1864 An English Version of the New Testament; Herman Heinfetter.
1864 American Bible Union Version (NT – A Baptist Version).
1864 The Emphatic Diaglott (NT); Benjamin Wilson.
1864 The New Testament; Henry Anderson.
1865 The Holy Bible; Samuel Sharpe.
1865 The Twofold New Testament; Thomas Green.
1867 The Holy Scriptures; Joseph Smith.
1869 The New Testament: Authorized Version Revised; Henry Alford.
1869 The New Testament; George Noyes.
1869 The New Testament; Robert Ainslie.
1870 The Holy Bible; F.W. Gotch (OT), GA. Jacob (NT).
1870 The New Testament translated from the purest Greek; J. Bowes.
1873 The School and Children’s Bible.
1873 The Story of the Bible; Charles Foster.
1875 The New Testament; John McClellan.
1875 The New Testament; Samuel Davidson.
1876 The Holy Bible; Julia Smith.
1877 Revised English Bible.
1877 The New Testament; John Richter.
1880 The Holy Bible (OT); Hermann Gollancz.

1881 Revised Version {The First Officially Sanctioned Bible Translation (Sanctioned by the Church of England, Convocation of Canterbury) since the publication of the AV1611 (i.e. King James Bible);

New Testament completed: 1881 - Old Testament completed 1885.}

1881 Jewish Family Bible (OT); Michael Friedlander.
1881 The New Testament Englished; William Crickmer.
1883 The New Testament; Cortes Jackson.
1884 The Englishman’s Bible; Thomas Newberry.
1885 The Teaching and Acts of Jesus of Nazareth and His Apostles (NT); W.D. Dillard.
1885 The New Covenant (NT); John Hanson.
1885 A New Translation; John Darby.
1885 A translation of the Old Testament Scriptures from the original Hebrew; Helen Spurrell.
1893 Scriptures, Hebrew and Christian; John Peters and Edward Bartlett.
1892 Biblia Innocentium; John Mackail.
1897 The New Testament Emphasized; Horace Morrow.
1897 The New Dispensation (NT); Robert Weekes.

1898 American Revised Version (In 1898, publishers for Oxford and Cambridge Universities published their own editions of the RV with some of the American suggestions included.)

1898 The Woman’s Bible.

1900’s {Over 200 + New Translations - New Testament or Old Testament or Combined.}


25 NewSanctioned or Officially RecognizedTranslations since the AV1611 published


1901 The Historical New Testament, James Moffatt.

1901 American Standard Version {Sanctioned & Recommended by Mainline Protestant Churches}

1901 The Modem American Bible; Frank Ballentine
1902 Translation of the New Testament from the Original Greek; W.B. Godbey.
1902 The Testament of our Lord (NT); James Cooper and A.J. MacLean.
1902 Twentieth Century New Testament.
1902 The Emphasized Bible; Joseph Rotherham.
1903 The Holy Bible: Marginal Readings Adopted.
1903 The New Testament in Modern Speech; Richard Weymouth.
1903 The Holy Bible in Modern English; Ferrar Fenton.
1904 The Corrected English New Testament; Samuel Lloyd.
1904 The New Testament Revised and Translated; Adolphus Worrell.
1906 The New Testament; Thomas Lindsay.
1907 The Modern Reader’s Bible; Richard Moulton.
1908 The Holy Bible for Daily Reading; J.W. Genders.
1909 The University New Testament; S. Townsend Weaver.
1909 The Shorter Bible.
1909 The Bible in Modem English (NT); Frank Ballentine
1910 The Restored New Testament; James Pryse.
1911 The 1911 Tercentenary Commemoration Bible.
1912 The Holy Bible: An Improved Edition. (Revision of the American Bible Union 1862-1863 version)
1913 The New Testament: A New Translation in Modern Speech; James Moffatt

1913 The Literary Man’s New Testament, W.L. Courtney.
1913 The New Testament; Edward Clarke.
1914 The New Covenant (NT); Edward Cunnington.
1914 The New Testament from the Greek text as established by Bible Numerics; Ivan Panin.
1916 The Historical Bible; Charles Kent.
1916 The Twenty-Four Books of the Old Testament; Alexander Harkavy.
1917 The Holy Scriptures According to the Masoretic Text (OT).
1918 The New Testament; Henry Anderson.
1919 The Messages of the Bible; Frank Sanders and Charles Kent.
1919 The Adelphi New Testament; E.E. Cunnington.
1921 A Plain Translation of the New Testament; by a student.
1921 The Shorter Bible.
1922 The Children’s Bible; Henry Sherman and Charles Kent.
1922 A Plainer Bible (NT); Frank Ballentine.
1923 Simplified New Testament; D.A. Sommer.

1923 The New Testament: An American Translation; Edgar J. Goodspeed
1923 The Riverside New Testament; William Ballantine.
1924 Centenary Translation of the New Testament; Helen Montgomery.
1924 The Everyday Bible; Charles Sheldon.
1924 The Older Children’s Bible.
1924 The New Covenant: Labor Determinative Version (NT).
1925 The People’s New Covenant (NT); Arthur Overbury.
1926 The Holy Bible: A New Translation (NT); James Moffatt.
1926 Concordant Version (NT); A.E. Knoch.
1926 The Western New Testament; E.E. Cunningtan.
1927 The Student’s Old Testament; Charles Kent.
1927 The Old Testament: An American Translation; J.M. Powis Smith

1928 The Student’s Greek Testament; A. Hamilton.
1928 The Christian’s Bible: New Testament; George LeFevre.
1928 The Living Bible; Bolton Hall.
1928 The Authentic Literature of Israel (CT); Elizabeth Czarnomska.
1928 The Cambridge Shorter Bible.
1929 The New Testament in blank verse; George Wolff
1929 A Homiletical and Exegetical Version of the Bible; Charles MacLean.
1931 The Complete Bible: An American Translation; J.M. Smith and Edgar Goodspeed.
1933 The Four Gospels, A New Translation; Charles Cutler Torrey

1933 Short Bible; J.M. Smith and Edgar Goodspeed.
1934 The Documents of the New Testament; G.W. Wade.
1934 Old Testament in Colloquial English.
1934 The Child’s Story Bible; Catherine Vos.
1935 The Westminster Version of the Sacred Scriptures (NT)
1935 The New Testament; Fernand Faivre.
1936 The West China Union University Version (NT).
1936 The Aldine Bible: The New Testament; M.R. James and Delia Lyttelton.
1936 The Bible Designed to be Read as Living Literature; Ernest Bates.
1937 The New Testament in the Language of the People; Charles B. Williams.
1937 The New Testament of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; Francis Spencer.
1937 The New Testament critically reconstructed and retranslated; William Martin.
1937 The New Testament A New Translation and Explanation; Johannes Greber.
1938 The Book of Books (NT); R. Mercer Wilson.
1938 The New Testament: A Translation; Clementson.
1939 The Book of Life (NT); Zed Copp.
1939 The New Testament Shortened; W.K. Clarke.
1940 The Bible (A Condensed Version); Howard Welsch.

1941 The Confraternity Version (NT). {Sanctioned by the Roman Catholic Church}


1941 The New Testament of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ - the Latin Vulgate; Edward P. Arbez

1945 New Testament: A Translation, Harmony and Annota¬tions; Erwin Stringfellow.
1946 Pathways through the Bible (OT); Mortimer Cohen.

1946 Revised Standard Version New Testament {Ecumenical: Sanctioned & Recommended}


1947 The New Testament; George Swann.
1948 The Holy Bible Adapted for Young Christians.
1948 The Letchworth Version in Modern English; T.F. Ford and RE. Ford.
1949 The Bible in Basic English.
1950 The New Testament of our Messiah and Saviour Yahshua, A.B. Traina.
1950 The Dartmouth Bible.
1950 The Holy Bible for Young Readers (NT); J.W. Mackail.
1950 New World Translation of the New Testament {JW - NT: Sanctioned by the Watchtower Society)

1951 The Authentic Version (NT).
1951 Bible in Brief; Peter Ross.
1951 The Shorter Oxford Bible.
1951 The New Testament in Modern English Olaf Norlie.
1952 The Four Gospels; Emile Victor Rieu

1952 The New Testament: A New Translation in Plain English. Charles K. Williams.
1952 Olive Pell Bible; Olive Bible.
1952 The Living Bible; Robert Ballou. (The Reader’s Digest Bible)


1952 Revised Standard Version. {Sanctioned & Recommended: Mainline Protestant Churches}


1953 The New Testament: A New, Independent, Individual Translation; George Moore.
1954 The New Testament Rendered From the Original Greek; James Kleist and Joseph Lilly.
1954 The New Testament in Cadenced Form; Morton Bradley.
1954 The Septuagint Bible (OT); C.A. Muses.
1955 The Authentic New Testament; Hugh Schonfield.
1955 The Holy Bible: A Translation from the Latin Vulgate; Ronald Knox.
1955 The Compact Bible; Margaret Nicholson.
1955 The Clarified New Testament; P.G. Parker.
1956 The Bible for Family Reading; Joseph Gaer and Chester McCown.
1957 The Holy Bible from Ancient Manuscripts; George Lamsa.
1958 The New Testament of our Lord and Savior Jesus Anointed; James Tomanek.
1958 A Beginner’s Bible; Margherita Fanchiotti.

1958 The New Testament in Modern English; J.B. Phillips.

1958 The Self-Interpreting; Ashley Johnson.
1959 The Holy Bible: The Berkeley Version in Modern English; Gerrit Verkuyl.
1960 The Children’s King James Bible: New Testament; Jay Green.
1960 A Critical Emphatic Paraphrase of the New Testament; Vincent Roth.
1961 The New Testament of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; Fan Noli.

1961 New World Translation. {JW Bible: Sanctioned by the Watchtower Society)

1961 The New Testament: An Expanded Translation; Kenneth Wuest.

1961 The New English Bible New Testament {Ecumenical: Sanctioned & Recommended}


1961 The Jesus People New Testament; Olaf Norlie.
1961 Simplified New Testament in Plain English; Olaf Norlie.
1962 Teen-age Version; Jay Green.
1962 Modem King James Version; Jay Green.
1962 The Children’s Version of the Holy Bible; Jay Green.
1963 The Holy Name Bible; A.B. Traina.
1963 The New Testament in the Language of Today; William Beck.

1965 The Amplified Bible. {Sanctioned & Recommended: Scholars}

1965 The Letters of Paul; Frederick F. Bruce


1966 Jerusalem Bible. {Sanctioned by the Roman Catholic Church}

1966 The Bible in Simplified English.

1966 Good News for Modern Man The New Testament {Sanctioned & Recommended}


1966 The Living Scriptures (NT); Jay Green.
1967 Bible for Young Christians (NT); AM. Cocaqnac and Rosemary Haughton.
1967 New World: The Heart of the New Testament in Plain English; Alan Dale.

1967 New Scofleld Reference Bible. {Sanctioned & Recommended - Fundamentalist Scholars}

1967 The Christ Emphasis New Testament; Edward Craddock.
1969 The New Testament: A New Translation; William Barclay.
1969 The Children’s New Testament; Gleason Ledyard.
1969 Modern Language Bible; Gerrit Verkuyl.
1969 The Bible Reader.

1970 New American Bible. {Sanctioned by the Roman Catholic Church}

1970 King James II Version; Jay Green.
1970 New Testament in Shorter Form.

1970 New English Bible. {Ecumenical: Sanctioned & Recommended}

1970 The Restoration of Original Sacred Name Bible.

1971 The New American Standard Bible {Sanctioned & Recommended: Fundamentalists}


1971 The Living Bible; Kenneth Taylor.  {Ecumenical: Recommended}

1972 The New Testament in Modem English; J.B Phillips.
1972 The Bible in Living English; Steven Byington.
1972 Today's English New Testament; Don J. Klingensmith

1973 A Child’s Bible; Anne Edwards and Shirley Steen.
1973 The Translator’s New Testament.                                                                               


1973 New International Version New Testament  {Ecumenical: Sanctioned & Recommended}


1973 Cotton Patch Version (NT); Clarence Jordan.

1973 Common Bible (Revised Standard Version for Catholics & Protestants)


1973 The Better Version of the New Testament; Chester Estes.
1974 The New Testament in Everyday English; Do Klingen¬smith.
1975 The Word Made Fresh; Andrew Edington.
1976 An American Translation; William Beck.
1976 The Concise Jewish Bible (OT); Philip Birnbaum.

1976 Good News Bible.  {Ecumenical: Sanctioned & Recommended}

1977 The Jerusalem Bible (OT); Harold Fisch.
1977 The Christian Counselor’s New Testament; Jay Adams.
1977 The Holy Bible for Children; Allan Johsmann.
1978 Holy Name Bible.

1978 New International Version. {Ecumenical: Sanctioned & Recommended - Evangelicals}

1978 Simple English Bible. {NT New Century Version? Ecumenical - Recommended}

1979 The New Testament in Everyday English; Jay Adams.

1979 New King James Version New Testament {Sanctioned & Recommended: Fundamentalists}


1980 The Distilled Bible: New Testament; Roy Greenhill.
1981 The Sacred Scriptures.
1981 The Compact Bible (NT); Pat Excel.
1982 The Readers Digest Bible.
1982 Messianic Edition of the Living Bible; David Bronstein

1982 The New Testament; Richard Lattimore.

1982 New King James Version.  {Sanctioned & Recommended: Fundamentalists}

1984 The New Accurate Translation (NT); Julian Anderson.
1985 Tanakh: The Holy Scriptures (OT).
1985 The Recovery Version (NT).

1985 New Jerusalem Bible.  {Sanctioned by the Roman Catholic Church}

1985 Original New Testament; Hugh Schonfield.
1986 International Children’s Bible. {Ecumenical: Sanctioned & Recommended}
1986 New Life Version; Gleason Ledyard.
1987 Easy to Read Version.
1987 A Literal Translation of the Bible; Jay Green.

1987 New Century Version. {Ecumenical: Sanctioned & Recommended}


1987 English Version for Deaf.

1988 Revised NT The New American Bible. {Sanctioned by the Roman Catholic Church}

1988 New Evangelical Translation.
1988 Christian Community Bible. (Christian Communities in the Philippines & the Third World)
1988 God's Word to the Nations: New Testament; Phillip B. Giessler

1988 The New Testament; Hugo McCord
1989 God’s New Covenant (NT); Heinz Cassirer.

1989 New Revised Standard Version. {Ecumenical: Sanctioned & Recommended}

1989 Jewish New Testament; David Stern.

1989 The Revised English Bible with the Apocrypha (A Revision of The New English Bible)

1990 The New Translation (NT).

1990 Simplified Living Bible. {Ecumenical: Recommended}

1990 Modern King James Version; Jay Green.

1991 21st Century King James Version (NT). {Ecumenical: Sanctioned & Recommended}


1991 Contemporary English Version (NT). {Ecumenical: Sanctioned & Recommended}


{End of List provided by Laurence M. Vance}



{1900’s - 202 New Translations up to the 1991 NT “Contemporary English Version”}



New Versions added since 1991 (12 translations up to 1996):


1993 The Message - The New Testament in Contemporary English; Eugene H. Peterson.

1993 The Five Gospels: The Search for the Authentic Words of Jesus; Robert W. Funk et al.

1994 The Holy Bible: 21st Century King James Version William D. Prindle

1994 The Inclusive New Testament; Craig R. Smith

1995 New Testament and Psalms: An Inclusive Version; Victor R. Gold

1995 God's Word; Eugene W. Bunkowske (New Evangelical Translation)

1995 The New Testament: An Understandable Version; William E. Paul


1995 Holy Bible: Contemporary English Version (American Bible Society)


1995 The Five Books of Moses: A New Translation with Introductions; Everett Fox


1996 The Holy Bible: New International Version (NIV Inclusive Language Edition)


1996 The New Testament: A translation by a classical scholar; Richmond A. Lattimore


1996 Holy Bible, New Living Translation: A paraphrastic version that features inclusive language.


NOTE: So-called “Inclusive bible versionsEXCLUDE the Holy words of God and CHANGE them!


Should anyone have any information concerning any additional bible translations (not cited in the list) since 1991 up to the present day I would greatly appreciate their notifying me so that I might add them to the list.



NOTE: Numerous Attempts to “Improve” The King James Bible Since 1960


{Warning: When buying a King James Bible today, make sure it’s a genuine “King James Bible”.}


Name                                                                                      Abbreviation             Date


Children's King James Version (NT) - Jay P. Green      (CKJV)               1960


The Teen-Age Version of the Holy Bible - Jay P. Green                                 1962

The Children's Version of the Holy Bible - Jay P. Green                                  1962

The Modern King James Version of the Holy Bible - Jay P. Green                     1962

The Living Scriptures (NT) - Jay P. Green                                                   1966


King James II Version of the Bible - Jay P. Green                  (KJ II)                1971

King James Version - Twentieth Century Edition - Jay P. Green   (KJV20)                  1972

New King James Version                                                  (NKJV)               1982

A Literal Translation of the Bible - Jay Green                                                                                               1985-87

21st Century King James Version                                       (KJ21)               1991

Modern King James Version                                              (MKJV)               1999

American King James Version                                  (AKJV)               1999

King James 2000 Version                                                 (KJV2000)          2000

Updated King James Version                                             (UKJV)               2000

King James Version Easy Reading                                       (KJVER)              2001

Holy Scriptures in English                                                 (HSE)                2001

Comfortable King James Version                                        (CKJV)               2003

New Cambridge Paragraph Bible                                        (NCPB)               2005

AV7 (New Authorized Version)                                          (AV7)                2006

Authorized Version Update                                               (AVU)                2006

Literal Translation New Testament Word for Word English     (KJ3)                  2006


Does anyone get the feeling that when it comes to “bible translations” (in English) that confusion is the order of the day? Can so many numerousbible translations” be found in any other language on earth? Can such confusion be of God? Not according to The Holy Bible:


1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.