• The Bible holds the distinction of being the first printed book; it was in 1450.
• The first Bible printed in this country was in the Indian language in 1663. The translation was made and published by John Eliot, the so-called “Apostle to the Indians”. This is the earliest example of the whole Bible translated and printed in a new language for the purpose of evangelization.
• The first printed Bible in this country was in 1782.
• The first translation of the Bible made in America was printed in 1808. It was the work of Charles Thomson.
• The first translation of the New Testament published in America was printed in 1826 by Alexander Campbell. It first appeared under the title, “Sacred Writings”, later, “Living Oracles”. It was largely a compilation of the works of Doddridge, Macknight, and George Campbell.
• It is not generally known that Noah Webster, author of the famous “Webster’s Dictionary” and the “Blue-Back Speller”, made a translation of the Bible, which was published in 1833.
• The King James Version of the Bible was first published in 1611.
• The Revised Version of the whole Bible was issued in 1885.
• The American Standard edition was published in 1901.
• The Bible was divided into chapters by Cardinal Hugo in 1250.
• The New Testament was divided into verses by Robert Stephens (Stephanus; printer and scholar in Paris, France) in 1551 and the Hebrew Bible in 1571.
• The whole Bible, divided into chapters and verses, first appeared in 1560 in what is called the “Geneva Bible.” It was so called because it was prepared by the Reformers in Geneva. It was also called the “Breeches Bible,” because Genesis 3:7 is translated: “They sewed fig leaves together and made themselves breeches.”
• The Bible is the most translated book in the world. It has been translated into more different languages and dialects than any other book that has been written.
• The Bible is the best book in the world; it is the only book that reveals the origin, mission and destiny of man.
• It is the textbook of salvation; it should be studied, obeyed and taught.

Compiled by B.C. GOODPASTURE – (past editor of the Gospel Advocate publication)

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