Below is a draft of a Genealogy of English Bible Versions that I’ve been working on for a few months. The graph is much bigger than I had anticipated when I started this project. Please see the legend near the top left for an explanation of the shapes and colors.
I’m limiting the Bibles to a single source for the Old Testament and a single source for the New Testament.
I didn’t know what results to expect when I started this project, but I now see three categories with little overlap. About one-third of the graph contains versions based on the Latin Vulgate, started by Jerome about A.D. 380; the lines for these nodes are usually in black. About one-third of the graph comes from Bibles based on the Textus Receptus, and many of those are descendants of the King James Version; these lines are also in black. The last third of the graph contains Bibles primarily based on the modern critical texts; these lines are Blue (Hebrew) and Green (Greek)
I’m hoping to get some comments on how it can be improved.
- What data is incorrect?
- Should any Bibles be removed?
- What are some favorite Bibles that should be added?
- Bible name
- Primary sources for Old and/or New Testaments
- Print/publication year
- URL to more information.
- I want to add more of the early versions, particularly pre-KJV versions.
- Any recommended verses to fill up some of the white space?
Please contact me using the contact form, or the Facebook group “Bible Versions Discussion”.
- Taliaferro, Bradford B. Encyclopedia of English Language Bible Versions (Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company, Inc., Publishers, 2013)