500 BC
Completion of All Original Hebrew Manuscripts which make Up The 39 Books of the Old Testament.

200 BC
Completion of the Septuagint Greek Manuscripts which contain The 39 Old Testament Books and 14 Apocrypha Books.

1st Century AD
Completion of All Original Greek Manuscripts which make Up The 27 Books of the New Testament.

390 AD
Jerome's Latin Vulgate Manuscripts Produced which contain All 80 Books (39 Old Testament + 14 Apocrypha + 27 New Testament).

500 AD
Scriptures have been Translated into Over 500 Languages.

600 AD
LATIN was the Only Language Allowed for Scripture.

995 AD
Anglo-Saxon (Early Roots of English Language) Translations of The New Testament Produced.

1384 AD
Wycliffe is the First Person to Produce a (Hand-Written) Manuscript Copy of the Complete Bible; All 80 Books.

1455 AD
Gutenberg Invents the Printing Press; Books May Now be mass-Produced Instead of Individually Hand-Written. The First Book Ever Printed is Gutenberg's Bible in Latin.

1516 AD
Erasmus Produces a Greek/Latin Parallel New Testament.

1522 AD
Martin Luther's German New Testament.

1525 AD
William Tyndale's New Testament; The First New Testament to be Printed in the English Language.

1535 AD
Myles Coverdale's Bible; The First Complete Bible to be printed in the English Language (80 Books: O.T. & N.T. & Apocrypha).

1537 AD
Matthews Bible; The Second Complete Bible to be Printed in English. Done by John "Thomas Matthew" Rogers (80 Books).

1539 AD
The "Great Bible" Printed; The First English Language Bible to be Authorized for Public Use (80 Books).

1560 AD
The Geneva Bible Printed; The First English Language Bible to Add Numbered Verses to Each Chapter (80 Books).

1568 AD
The Bishops Bible Printed; The Bible of which the King James was a Revision (80 Books).

1609 AD
The Douay Old Testament is added to the Rheimes New Testament (of 1582) Making the First Complete English Catholic Bible; Translated from the Latin Vulgate (80 Books).

1611 AD
The King James Bible Printed; Originally with All 80 Books. The Apocrypha was Officially Removed in 1885 Leaving Only 66 Books.

1782 AD
Robert Aitken's Bible; The First English Language Bible (a King James Version without Apocrypha) to be Printed in America.

1791 AD
Isaac Collins and Isaiah Thomas Respectively Produce the First Family Bible and First Illustrated Bible Printed in America. Both were King James Versions, with All 80 Books.

1808 AD
Jane Aitken's Bible (Daughter of Robert Aitken); The First Bible to be Printed by a Woman.

1833 AD
Noah Webster's Bible; After Producing his Famous Dictionary, Webster Printed his Own Revision of the King James Bible.

1841 AD
English Hexapla New Testament; an Early Textual Comparison showing the Greek and 6 Famous English Translations in Parallel Columns.

1846 AD
The Illuminated Bible; The Most Lavishly Illustrated Bible printed in America. A King James Version, with All 80 Books.

1885 AD
The "Revised Version" Bible; 14 Apocrypha Books removed, leaving 66 Books. The First Major English Revision of the King James Bible.

1901 AD
The "American Standard Version"; The First Major American Revision of the King James Bible.

1971 AD
The "New American Standard Bible" (NASB) is Published as a "Modern and Accurate Word for Word English Translation" of the Bible.

1973 AD
The "New International Version" (NIV) is Published as a "Modern and Accurate Phrase for Phrase English Translation" of the Bible.

1982 AD
The "New King James Version" (NKJV) is Published as a "Modern English Version Maintaining the Original Style of the King James."

The major arguments against the Apocrypha are:

  1. No Hebrew Copies. Jerome (5th Century) noticed they were included in the Septuagint (Greek version of the bible) but there were no copies of them in Hebrew. This would seem to indicate that they may have never been a part of the Jewish canon.
  2. SURPRISE!
    1. When the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1948 they contained Hebrew copies of 2 Esdras, Tobit, Judith, Sirach, and Psalm 151.
  1. Historical errors. Some of them contain very obvious historical errors. For instance in Judith, there is a mention of king Nebuchadnezzar instead of the King of Assyria, this is about a 100 years discrepancy.
    1. Justin Martyr (165AD) stated, in Dialogue 41,72,73, that the Jews removed passages from Jeremiah (11:19), Isaiah, Psalm 96 and Esdras because they point to Christ. Apparently all were put back in Christian copies except the prophecies from Esdras and part of Psalm 96, which we still do not have.
    2. Origen (240AD) states, in his letter to Africanus 8, that these did not exist in the Hebrew Canon because the unbelieving Jews removed them (council of Yavneh, 90 AD). These Jews created some very obvious errors in the Greek versions and destroyed the Hebrew versions in in order to convince readers they were fake. In chapter 13 he states that because of this some in his day were doubting the authenticity of Susanna, Bel and the Dragon, parts of Esther, Jeremiah, Exodus, Genesis, Tobit, and Psalm 155. That same council of Yavneh defined Jewish believers (Christians) as heretics, stating they are “no longer the people of God.”
    3. But they are good reading for "helps in understanding" bb.

 

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