How We Got Our Bible

This week, we enjoyed a wonderful presentation by class member David Pikett. He explained how the Bible was transmitted down through the ages with a focus on English translations, as well as some information on canonization.

How We Got Our Bible

Translation and Canonization

* Recorded: LIVE. This audio has been edited for class member privacy, time, and content.

One of the questions asked during the lesson was about which translation the Anglicans use(d). According to

The original Anglican Bible was the so-called King James Bible, the Authorised Version. It exists in the original, and also as several modern revised versions. The Jerusalem Bible and the New English Bible are more recent translations.


Timeline of Bible Translations

Bible Translation Timeline

Additional Sites for Further Research:


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Photo of the Gutenberg Bible at the Library of Congress © 2014 John Zielke.

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Laura Zielke (ZELL-key) is a deep thinker and Bible scholar. She is not afraid to question tradition and challenges people to evaluate their beliefs according to the Scriptures. Laura earned her M-Div. from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with an emphasis on Biblical Studies, Archaeology, and Languages. She has been blessed to serve as a lay leader in local churches for more than thirty years. Having been recognized as an outstanding leader, teacher, and entrepreneur, Laura serves as the Community Manager for the Nonprofit Leadership Lab (an organization dedicated to helping nonprofit leaders worldwide accomplish their mission). She and her husband of 22 years have one son who is in the 11th grade and homeschooled. Laura is an INTJ on the Meyers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator and 1w9 on the Enneagram. She enjoys helping people discover more about themselves, the Lord, and their purpose in life. Connect with her on social media: @thezwomann (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest).

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