The world is winding down to its final hours and the enemies of God know their time is short. In these last days the TRUTH is under attack like never before. The Bible is being mocked, denounced, investigated, perverted, and profaned. Technology is the god of the day and the elite believe that Technology is the god that can finally replace the Creator.
There will be a major onslaught against the people of God and the written Word of God. You can count on it progressing to the point where the bible will once again be burned and outlawed and the people who refuse to denounce it will be tortured and killed.
This has occurred at various times throughout history. Each time we have seen that true believers became even stronger in their faith. The persecution only served to cause the people to dig in deeper to the truth and draw closer to God. How is it that this is so? What is it that inspires people of Faith to STAND in the face of adversity? What makes them willingly march to their death for the cause of Christ?
My hope in this post is to help you to see, that even if and/or when they take the bible away…they cannot keep us from the WORD OF GOD – Which IS JESUS CHRIST.
The opinions and hypotheses of scholars vary widely regarding when the New Testament was written or first recorded. Some view it as a collection of fables and myths verbally passed on by storytellers for generations before being recorded. Other scholars believe that most of the New Testament was written before the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the temple in 70 A.D.
In his book named “Redating the New Testament,” John A. T. Robinson demonstrates that the books in question were written relatively early. In spite of the late dates assigned by some scholars, it is possible to determine the date of each one of the books. God and Jesus Christ specially selected several faithful, mature men to compose the most critical book man needed, and to make it available to all people, through the power of his spirit.
Amazing as it sounds, the entire New Testament was written down through the efforts of only eight men! Six of these were selected apostles of Christ. Three were eyewitnesses of his life and ministry (Matthew, Peter and John). Two were the physical brothers of Jesus (James and Jude).
One of the New Testament writers, the apostle Paul, was specially called to serve the Gentiles and for three years was personally taught by Christ in Arabia. The last two of eight authors were Mark (who penned his Gospel under Peter’s supervision), and Luke (who authored his Gospel and the book of Acts under the Apostle Paul’s supervision).
John the apostle had the distinguished role of collecting all the books extant and completing the canonization of the Bible somewhere between 96 to 99 A.D.
The New Testament was written by, or its writing was supervised by, the chosen disciples of Jesus Christ. John, who near the end of the first century A.D. was the last living apostle, was uniquely qualified to canonize the Scriptures as he was of the Aaronic (Levitical priest) blood line. We can therefore have full faith and confidence that the original Greek text, as preserved in the Byzantine text, is the very Word of God.
The below chart lists, in chronological order, the date each New Testament book was written and who wrote it. All dates are A.D.
40 to 41 A.D.
58 – 60 A.D.
61 to 63 A.D.
63 to 64 A.D.
64 to 65 A.D.
65 to 66 A.D.
66 to 67 A.D.
Take into consideration that those who walked with Christ while he was on the earth, were convinced that the things he promised would happen in their lifetime. They went about the business of spreading the GOOD NEWS and making Disciples. When they realized that time was moving on and the promised had not yet manifested, they knew that they needed write down all that they had experienced first hand so that future generations would have the testimony of truth.
As you can see, while the original apostles were walking the earth, there was no “Bible” for people to read and hold onto. With or without ANY written Word, people came to belief in Christ by experience. Either by the miracles that they were blessed to witness, or by the experience of transformation that took place within their own being. They received the person of Jesus Christ and saw their lives changed. That is something that no government, no church, no terrorist can take away. No matter how hard they tried to stop Christian Faith from growing, they could not.
Believe me throughout the centuries the enemies of Christ have don everything they could think of to stamp out the Faith in the God of the Bible. If it had just been a man made religion based on stories, it would not have held up to thousands of years of attack.
Through out the centuries countless people have been tortured and willing went to their death for their faith in CHRIST. No one would do that without strong evidence. The evidence that they hold to is not what is written, or even events of history that one can point to. Rather, the evidence in written on their hearts and minds. The evidence is their PERSONAL EXPERIENCE with the ONE TRUE AND LIVING GOD. It is that inner voice inside them that testifies to them that he loves them and will hold true to protect and keep them to the end.
Of the 12 Apostles appointed by Jesus, 10 of them died as martyrs. Judas, the traitor, took his own life. But the last Apostle to die, John, met a very different fate. Living nearly to the very end of the 1st century, he died of natural causes– and it was because of an amazing miracle.
Tradition says John was the author of the cryptic bookend of the New Testament, Revelation, as well as the three New Testament letters and Gospel that bear his name. In the latter, he’s described as “the disciple whom Jesus loved” and is charged by Jesus on the cross to care for his mother Mary. He’s also believed to have been the youngest Apostle. This partially explains why scholars think he lived all the way until around A.D. 95.
But if Peter was crucified upside down, Thomas was impaled with a spear, and Jude Thaddeus was killed with arrows (just to list how a few of the Apostles were killed) – how in the world did John escape a similar fate for such a long time?
The answer: The authorities did try to kill John in a gruesome way – but God didn’t let them.
The story goes that after the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (for whom John was caring), John was arrested by the authorities and taken to Rome, where he was sentenced to death.
The prescribed method of execution? Being plunged into boiling hot oil in front of a crowd of spectators at the Colosseum.
The fires were set under the pot, the oil was boiling, and John was brought out. Guards picked him up and then forcibly plunged him into the scalding liquid.
That’s when something amazing happened. Rather than see a man be brutally boiled to death, the crowd witnessed a miracle: John stood in the oil completely unharmed!
Some versions of the story say that many or even all of the spectators converted because of what they saw. The Roman ruler, furious and embarrassed that he was unable to kill John, decided instead to have him banished to the small Greek island of Patmos.
But God redeemed even John’s banishment: it was there on Patmos that John received the vision he transcribed in the New Testament book of Revelation.
At some point, John was able to leave Patmos and travel back to Ephesus, where he died of natural causes. Given all that had happened, it was truly miraculous that he did.
Following is a very brief history of early Christianity. Take it with a grain of salt. Found on wikipedia, it is written with bias. But, it does provide the basic timeline and events.
Christianity “emerged as a sect of Judaism in Roman Palestine” in the syncretistic Hellenistic world of the first century AD, which was dominated by Roman law and Greek culture. It started with the ministry of Jesus, who proclaimed the coming of the Kingdom of God.[web 1] After his death by crucifixion, some of his followers are said to have seen Jesus, and proclaimed him to be alive and resurrected by God. The resurrection of Jesus “signaled for earliest believers that the days of eschatological fulfillment were at hand,”[web 2] and gave the impetus in certain Christian sects to the exaltation of Jesus to the status of divine Son and Lord of God’s Kingdom[web 2] and the resumption of their missionary activity.
Traditionally, the years following Jesus until the death of the last of the Twelve Apostles is called the Apostolic Age, after the missionary activities of the apostles. According to the Acts of the Apostles the Jerusalem church began at Pentecost with some 120 believers, in an “upper room,” believed by some to be the Cenacle, where the apostles received the Holy Spirit and emerged from hiding following the death and resurrection of Jesus to preach and spread his message.
The New Testament writings depict what orthodox Christian churches call the Great Commission, an event where they describe the resurrected Jesus Christ instructing his disciples to spread his eschatological message of the coming of the Kingdom of God to all the nations of the world.The most famous version of the Great Commission is in Matthew 28:16–20, where on a mountain in Galilee Jesus calls on his followers to make disciples of and baptize all nations in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Paul’s conversion on the Road to Damascus is first recorded in Acts 9:13–16. Peter baptized the Roman centurion Cornelius, traditionally considered the first Gentile convert to Christianity, in Acts 10. Based on this, the Antioch church was founded. It is also believed that it was there that the term Christian was coined.
After the death of Jesus, Christianity first emerged as a sect of Judaism as practiced in the Roman province of Judea. The first Christians were all Jews, who constituted a Second Temple Jewish sect with an apocalypticeschatology.
Christian missionary activity spread “the Way” and slowly created early centers of Christianity with Gentile adherents in the predominantlyGreek-speaking eastern half of the Roman Empire, and then throughout the Hellenistic world and even beyond the Roman Empire.[note 2] Early Christian beliefs were proclaimed in kerygma (preaching), some of which are preserved in New Testament scripture. The early Gospel message spread orally, probably originally in Aramaic, but almost immediately also in Greek.
The scope of the Jewish-Christian mission expanded over time. While Jesus limited his message to a Jewish audience in Galilea and Judea, after his death his followers extended their outreach to all of Israel, and eventually the whole Jewish diaspora, believing that the Second Coming would only happen when all Jews had received the Gospel. Apostles and preachers traveled to Jewish communities around the Mediterranean Sea, and initially attracted Jewish converts. Within 10 years of the death of Jesus, apostles had attracted enthusiasts for “the Way” from Jerusalem to Antioch, Ephesus, Corinth, Thessalonica, Cyprus, Crete, Alexandria and Rome. Over 40 churches were established by 100 A.D., most in Asia Minor, such as the seven churches of Asia, and some in Greece and Italy.
According to Fredriksen, when missionary early Christians broadened their missionary efforts, they attracted many Gentiles to what started from the Jewish religio, bringing “all nations” into the house of God.
The “Hellenists,” Greek-speaking diaspora Jews belonging to the early Jerusalem Jesus-movement, played an important role in reaching a Gentile, Greek audience, notably at Antioch, which had a large Jewish community and significant numbers of Gentile “God-fearers.” From Antioch, the mission to the Gentiles started (NO, the mission to the Gentiles began with Christ in Jeruslem and was polluted in Antioch) which would fundamentally change the character of the early Christian movement, eventually turning it into a new, Gentile religion. According to Dunn, within ten years after Jesus’ death, “the new messianic movement focused on Jesus began to modulate into something different … it was at Antioch that we can begin to speak of the new movement as ‘Christianity‘.”
Paul and the inclusion of Gentiles
Saint Paul, by El Greco
Mediterranean Basin geography relevant to Paul’s life, stretching from Jerusalem in the lower right to Rome in the upper left.
Paul was responsible for bringing Christianity to Ephesus, Corinth, Philippi, and Thessalonica.[better source needed] According to Larry Hurtado, “Paul saw Jesus’ resurrection as ushering in the eschatological time foretold by biblical prophets in which the pagan ‘Gentile’ nations would turn from their idols and embrace the one true God of Israel(e.g., Zechariah 8:20–23), and Paul saw himself as specially called by God to declare God’s eschatological acceptance of the Gentiles and summon them to turn to God.“[web 3] According to Krister Stendahl, the main concern of Paul’s writings on Jesus’ role and salvation by faith is not the individual conscience of human sinners and their doubts about being chosen by God or not, but the main concern is the problem of the inclusion of Gentile (Greek) Torah-observers into God’s covenant.[web 4] “Hebrew” Jewish Christians opposed Paul’s interpretations, as exemplified by the Ebionites. The relaxing of requirements in Pauline Christianity opened the way for a much larger Christian Church, extending far beyond the Jewish community. The inclusion of Gentiles is reflected in Luke-Acts, which is an attempt to answer a theological problem, namely how the Messiah of the Jews came to have an overwhelmingly non-Jewish church; the answer it provides, and its central theme, is that the message of Christ was sent to the Gentiles because the Jews rejected it.
This is an error, caused by humanity’s failure to under stand that the scripture from the beginning was a promise to ALL MANKIND. God’s plan to restore humanity to right standing. God knew that this would happen, and His word says that this is so that the Jews will be stirred to jealousy. The plan of GOD will be revealed in the end. It was from the beginning that Christ would restore ALL mankind to right standing with HIM. Including the Jews who had to be blind to the Messiah in order for the Gentiles to experience all the same trials as the Hebrews.
Split with Judaism
There was a slowly growing chasm between Gentile Christians, and Jews and Jewish Christians, rather than a sudden split. Even though it is commonly thought (incorrectly)that Paul established a Gentile church, it took centuries for a complete break to manifest. Growing tensions led to a starker separation that was virtually complete by the time Jewish Christians refused to join in the Bar Khokba Jewish revolt of 132 A.D.. Certain events are perceived as pivotal in the growing rift between Christianity and Judaism.
Ante-Nicene period (2nd-3rd century)
Christianity spread to Aramaic-speaking peoples along the Mediterranean coast and also to the inland parts of the Roman Empire, and beyond that into the Parthian Empire and the later Sasanian Empire, including Mesopotamia, which was dominated at different times and to varying extents by these empires. In AD 301, the Kingdom of Armenia became the first state to declare Christianity as its state religion, following the conversion of the Royal House of the Arsacids in Armenia. With Christianity the dominant faith in some urban centers, Christians accounted for approximately 10% of the Roman population by 300, according to some estimates.
By the latter half of the second century, Christianity had spread west throughout Media, Persia, Parthia, and Bactria. The twenty bishops and many presbyters were more of the order of itinerant missionaries, passing from place to place as Paul did and supplying their needs with such occupations as merchant or craftsman.
Various theories attempt to explain how Christianity managed to spread so successfully prior to the Edict of Milan (313). In The Rise of Christianity, Rodney Stark argues that Christianity replaced paganism chiefly because it improved the lives of its adherents in various ways. Dag Øistein Endsjø argues that Christianity was helped by its promise of a general resurrection of the dead at the end of the worldwhich was compatible with the traditional Greek belief that true immortality depended on the survival of the body. According to Will Durant, the Christian Church prevailed over paganism because it offered a much more attractive doctrine, and because the church leaders addressed human needs better than their rivals.
Bart D. Ehrman attributes the rapid spread of Christianity to five factors:
(1) the promise of salvation and eternal life for everyone was an attractive alternative to Roman religions; (he does not explain what it was from which they were exited to be saved. Only Christ could offer them salvation, and for the first time the people were given an understanding that they were slaves to sin and death without a savior.)
(2) stories of miracles and healings purportedly showed that the one Christian God was more powerful than the many Roman gods; (absolutely, Even Pharoah had to say Moses God is God!)
(3) Christianity began as a grassroots movement providing hope of a better future in the next life for the lower classes; (Faith in Christ offers much more than the promise of heaven. Faith in Christ promises freedom and peace in this life, it promises victory over sin and death in this world.)
(4) Christianity took worshipers away from other religions since converts were expected to give up the worship of other gods, unusual in antiquity where worship of many gods was common; (People were happy to be free of their old gods who ruled over them and demanded so much, including sacrifices often of humans. They were rejoicing in the peace and joy that comes with faith in Christ.)
(5) in the Roman world, converting one person often meant converting the whole household—if the head of the household was converted, he decided the religion of his wife, children and slaves. (True enough, but as we know, true faith in Christ cannot come second hand. If one believes only because their family believes their faith will fail them. Each must come to their own faith, they must find Christ for themselves. That is why those the Romans forced into Christianity, were not true converts. They had no toot. That is how many Christians are now Christians by name only.)
We have seen that it did not take long for influences of Greece and Rome to infiltrate The Way and create a “NEW RELGION” called “Christianity”. Rome forced a division between the Jews and the Gentiles, causing each to create clear distinctions between the two and to put up walls between them. This again was foreseen by God and His plan will resolve all that.
I state that here because the Christians for a long time rejected all of the Old Testament and saw themselves as the replacement of the Jews who they claimed rejected Christ and Killed him. Which both accusations are really only partial truths. Yes, many Jews rejected Christ…but that was God’s plan. He kept them blinded for our sake. Yes, it is true the Jews were the ones who had Christ crucified… again God’s plan. Even Jesus himself said “No One Takes My Life, I Lay It Down.”
Now as we move forward in history, remember that the ROMAN Catholic Church was in control at the time. They did their best to withhold the Word of God from the people. That is why they only allowed the Latin version to be read in Church and then be explained to the people by the Priests because most people could not read, let alone read Latin.
In AD 363, the Council of Laodicea stated that only the Old Testament (along with one book of the Apocrypha) and 26 books of the New Testament (everything but Revelation) were canonical and to be read in the churches. The Council of Hippo (AD 393) and the Council of Carthage (AD 397) also affirmed the same 27 books as authoritative.
The 5th century is the time period from 401 through 500 Anno Domini (AD) or Common Era (CE) in the Julian calendar.The 5th century is noted for being a period of migration and political instability throughout Eurasia.. It saw the collapse of the Western Roman Empire, which came to an end in 476 AD.
At this point in time there have been 500 years of time in which the people had no bible. The only way they could receive salvation or hold on to the salvation that had received was by word of mouth. By precious believers sharing the faith and proselytizing, by witnessing the power of prayer and miracles, by hearing the stories, by singing hymns and reciting the scriptures they had learned, by attending Church and seeing the stained glass images, hearing the Word of God read aloud. If they were lucky enough to learn to read, they might be able to visit a university or a library and read some pieces from a bible that was likely chained to a desk.
Yet throughout all that time, people maintained their faith, and new believers came into the fold regularly. How do you think that happened? Mass hysteria? Pier pressure? Government edicts? None of those things can hold the masses of people for very long. Where does this faith come from that it is able to stand in the face of adversity and trial and threat of death??
Since the printing press wasn’t invented until the 15th century-how did the bible become available to people before that?
One of the techniques that was used to help people remember long passages is evidenced in the first story of creation in Genesis, chapter one. The division of creation into seven days, each following a pattern of God speaking, God creating, and God blessing, made it easier for people to listen, retain, and retell the story. Eventually, each book of the Bible did come to be recorded in writing, however, without a printing press, which was invented in the 16th century, the mass production of books was impossible. Until that time, believe it or not, most Bibles were copied by hand!
When Constantine lifted the ban on Christianity in the 4th century, he authorized production of copies of the Bible, by hand. Because this was such an arduous task, it was rare for the average person to conceive of owning their own copy of the Bible. Instead, people looked to their priest who was often one of the few literate people in the community, to possess a Bible from which he could proclaim the Good News.
In the Middle Ages, the task of producing copies of the Bible was embraced by the monasteries. For many monks, the copying of Scripture by hand in rooms called Scriptoriums was their chief task. By the late Middle Ages and the rise of universities, book copying became a profession. Still, only the very rich could afford a copy of the Bible that was hand-copied, most-often in Latin. Stained glass windows and wall paintings in the churches often told the stories of the Bible for ordinary Christians who could not read.
Dropping its 1,000-year-old Latin-only policy, the Church of Rome produces the first English Catholic Bible, the Rheims New Testament, from the Latin Vulgate. A.D. 1592 – The Clementine Vulgate (authorized by Pope Clementine VIII), a revised version of the Latin Vulgate, becomes the authoritative Bible of the Catholic Church. Sourcespacer
It was not until the Protestant Reformation (which just happened to come at the same time as the printing) that the idea that every person should have a Bible and be able to read it for themselves became popular. The Protestant Reformation is responsible for the explosion of literacy world wide because they wanted every person to be able to read the Bible for themselves. You had to be literate to do that.
So that point in history when the Bible became available to anyone who wanted a copy of it was following the invention of the printing press and the Protestant Reformation.
It was the new technology of the printing press that made this possible. (And that also allowed the Protestant Reformation as Luther and others had a way to publish their protests and reformations that had never existed before. Source
With the invention of the printing press in the mid-15th century, it was now possible to mass produce the Bible, eventually making it conceivable for the average Christian to own his or her own copy in their own language. Today, the Bible is readily available, not only in print, but also online. You can check out the New American Bible, the translation that Catholics used at Mass, at http://www.usccb.org/nab/bible/index.shtml.
The Bible Timeline From Creation to Today – Learn Religions
The Bible Timeline
- Circa A.D. 45–100 – Original 27 books of the Greek New Testament are written.
- Circa A.D. 140-150 – Marcion of Sinope’s heretical “New Testament” prompted Orthodox Christians to establish a New Testament canon.
- Circa A.D. 200 – The Jewish Mishnah, the Oral Torah, is first recorded.
- Circa A.D. 240 – Origen compiles the Hexapla, a six-columned parallel of Greek and Hebrew texts.
- Circa A.D. 305-310 – Lucian of Antioch’s Greek New Testament text becomes the basis for the Textus Receptus.
- Circa A.D. 312 – Codex Vaticanus is possibly among the original 50 copies of the Bible ordered by Emperor Constantine. It is eventually kept in the Vatican Library in Rome.
- A.D. 367 – Athanasius of Alexandria identifies the complete New Testament canon (27 books) for the first time.
- A.D. 382-384 –Saint Jerome translates the New Testament from original Greek into Latin. This translation becomes part of the Latin Vulgate manuscript.
- A.D. 397 – Third Synod of Carthage approves the New Testament canon (27 books).
- A.D. 390-405 – Saint Jerome translates the Hebrew Bible into Latin and completes the Latin Vulgate manuscript. It includes the 39 Old Testament books, 27 New Testament books, and 14 Apocrypha books.
- A.D. 500 – By now the Scriptures have been translated into multiple languages, not limited to but including an Egyptian version (Codex Alexandrinus), a Coptic version, an Ethiopic translation, a Gothic version (Codex Argenteus), and an Armenian version.Some consider the Armenian to be the most beautiful and accurate of all ancient translations.
- A.D. 600 – The Roman Catholic Church declares Latin as the only language for Scripture.
- A.D. 680 – Caedmon, English poet and monk,renders Bible books and stories into Anglo Saxon poetry and song.
- A.D. 735 – Bede, English historian and monk, translates the Gospels into Anglo Saxon.
- A.D. 775 – The Book of Kells, a richly decorated manuscript containing the Gospels and other writings, is completed by Celtic monks in Ireland.
- Circa A.D. 865 – Saints Cyril and Methodius begin translating the Bible into Old Church Slavonic.
- A.D. 950 – The Lindisfarne Gospels manuscript is translated into Old English.
- Circa A.D. 995-1010 – Aelfric, an English abbot, translates parts of Scripture into Old English.
- A.D. 1205 – Stephen Langton, theology professor and later Archbishop of Canterbury, creates the first chapter divisions in the books of the Bible.
- A.D. 1229 – Council of Toulouse strictly forbids and prohibits lay people from owning a Bible.
- A.D. 1240 – French Cardinal Hugh of Saint Cher publishes the first Latin Bible with the chapter divisions that still exist today.
- A.D. 1325 – English hermit and poet, Richard Rolle de Hampole, and English poet William Shoreham translate the Psalms into metrical verse.
- Circa A.D. 1330 – Rabbi Solomon ben Ismael first places chapter divisions in the margins of the Hebrew Bible.
- A.D. 1381-1382 – John Wycliffe and associates, in defiance of the organized Church, believing that people should be permitted to read the Bible in their own language, begin to translate and produce the first handwritten manuscripts of the entire Bible in English. These include the 39 Old Testament books, 27 New Testament books, and 14 Apocrypha books.
- A.D. 1388 – John Purvey revises Wycliffe’s Bible.
- A.D. 1415 – 31 years after Wycliffe’s death, the Council of Constance charges him with more than 260 counts of heresy.
- A.D. 1428 – 44 years after Wycliffe’s death, church officials dig up his bones, burn them, and scatter the ashes on Swift River.
- A.D. 1455 – After the invention of the printing press in Germany, Johannes Gutenberg produces the first printed Bible, the Gutenberg Bible, in the Latin Vulgate.
- A.D. 1516 – Desiderius Erasmus produces a Greek New Testament, a forerunner to the Textus Receptus.
- A.D. 1517 – Daniel Bomberg’s Rabbinic Bible contains the first printed Hebrew version (Masoretic text) with chapter divisions.
- A.D. 1522 –Martin Luther translates and publishes the New Testament for the first time into German from the 1516 Erasmus version.
- A.D. 1524 – Bomberg prints a second edition Masoretic text prepared by Jacob ben Chayim.
- A.D. 1525 – William Tyndale produces the first translation of the New Testament from Greek into English.
- A.D. 1527 – Erasmus publishes a fourth edition Greek-Latin translation.
- A.D. 1530 – Jacques Lefèvre d’Étaples completes the first French-language translation of the entire Bible.
- A.D. 1535 – Myles Coverdale’s Bible completes Tyndale’s work, producing the first complete printed Bible in the English language. It includes the 39 Old Testament books, 27 New Testament books, and 14 Apocrypha books.
- A.D. 1536 – Martin Luther translates the Old Testament into the commonly-spoken dialect of the German people, completing his translation of the entire Bible in German.
- A.D. 1536 – Tyndale is condemned as a heretic, strangled, and burned at the stake.
- A.D. 1537 – The Matthew Bible(commonly known as the Matthew-Tyndale Bible), a second complete printed English translation, is published, combining the works of Tyndale, Coverdale and John Rogers.
- A.D. 1539 – The Great Bible, the first English Bible authorized for public use, is printed.
- A.D. 1546 – Roman Catholic Council of Trent declares the Vulgate as the exclusive Latin authority for the Bible.
- A.D. 1553 – Robert Estienne publishes a French Bible with chapter and verse divisions. This system of numbering becomes widely accepted and is still found in most Bible’s today.
- A.D. 1560 – The Geneva Bible is printed in Geneva, Switzerland. It is translated by English refugees and published by John Calvin‘s brother-in-law, William Whittingham. The Geneva Bible is the first English Bible to add numbered verses to the chapters. It becomes the Bible of the Protestant Reformation, more popular than the 1611 King James Version for decades after its original release.
- A.D. 1568 – The Bishop’s Bible, a revision of the Great Bible, is introduced in England to compete with the popular but “inflammatory toward the institutional Church” Geneva Bible.
- A.D. 1582 – Dropping its 1,000-year-old Latin-only policy, the Church of Rome produces the first English Catholic Bible, the Rheims New Testament, from the Latin Vulgate.
- A.D. 1592 – The Clementine Vulgate (authorized by Pope Clementine VIII), a revised version of the Latin Vulgate, becomes the authoritative Bible of the Catholic Church.
- A.D. 1609 – The Douay Old Testament is translated into English by the Church of Rome, to complete the combined Douay-Rheims Version.
- A.D. 1611 – The King James Version, also called the “Authorized Version” of the Bible is published. It is said to be the most printed book in the history of the world, with more than one billion copies in print.
- A.D. 1663 – John Eliot’s Algonquin Bible is the first Bible printed in America, not in English, but in the native Algonquin Indian language.
- A.D. 1782 – Robert Aitken’s Bible is the first English language (KJV) Bible printed in America.
- A.D. 1790 – Matthew Carey publishes a Roman Catholic Douay-Rheims Version English Bible in America.
- A.D. 1790 – William Young prints the first pocket-sized “school edition” King James Version Bible in America.
- A.D. 1791 – The Isaac Collins Bible, the first family Bible (KJV), is printed in America.
- A.D. 1791 – Isaiah Thomas prints the first illustrated Bible (KJV) in America.
- A.D. 1808 – Jane Aitken (daughter of Robert Aitken), is the first woman to print a Bible.
- A.D. 1833 – Noah Webster, after publishing his famous dictionary, releases his own revised edition of the King James Bible.
- A.D. 1841 – The English Hexapla New Testament, a comparison of the original Greek language and six important English translations, is produced.
- A.D. 1844 – The Codex Sinaiticus, a handwritten Koine Greek manuscript of both Old and New Testament texts dating back to the fourth century, is rediscovered by German Bible scholar Konstantin Von Tischendorf in the Monastery of Saint Catherine on Mount Sinai.
- A.D. 1881-1885 – The King James Bible is revised and published as the Revised Version (RV) in England.
- A.D. 1901 – The American Standard Version, the first major American revision of the King James Version, is published.
The faith required to be able to stand is faith that is rooted and grounded in RELATIONSHIP with Christ.
Every time He calls me by my name, I am blown away. The surge of power that flows through you is indescribable, the warmth that fills your heart is amazing, and there is something that happens inside the very center of your being. Yes, we all understand that God is omniscient and KNOWS everything. Our minds understand that He knows each one of us and where we are every minute. But, when HE actually calls you out by name, there is a knowing that cannot be understood.
In my opinion, the MOST AMAZING thing about the Creator of the Universe is that HE cares so much about each one of us. The God who created EVERYTHING and HOLDS ALL THINGS TOGETHER, WHO KNOWS ALL FROM THE BEGINNING TO THE END, WHO KNOWS OUR THOUGHTS AND KNOWS OUR NEEDS BEFORE WE ASK. CARES what we think of HIM. He WANTS to have relationship with US. It is IMPORTANT TO HIM! Unbelievable! Fellowship with HIM is THE GREATEST TREASURE anyone could ever find. That is what I would like EVERY SINGLE HUMAN BEING to experience. It is sad that so many people don’t even know HIM.
I will probably scare you guys, I am not even a Christian yet, born Jewish and been called so many times and yet still scared to step out. Yet the, From the head to the heart, is what I need. Could you please tell me how can that transformation starts . I am so ready need this as a push Bless your hearts 💕 💕