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Mike Kin
Jun 6th 2009, 02:38 AM
What year did this happen in?

Also, what year was Revelations officially added to the Bible, and when do they reckon it was written by John?

Thanks for your help!

Mike

Clydson
Jun 6th 2009, 03:55 AM
What year did this happen in?

Also, what year was Revelations officially added to the Bible, and when do they reckon it was written by John?

Thanks for your help!

Mike
Greetings Mike.

The first English bible was written by John Wycliffe in the 1380's.

John's revelation and his writing to the seven churches of Asia happened about 95-96 AD. Although this is highly contested by some, most scholars agree with this dating.

This would also be the date when it was officially added to the Holy Writ. However, it was not accepted by man's thinking until around 200 AD, depending upon which man, or group of men, one would be speaking to.

If you have access to Adam Clarke's commentary, you can read his thoughts and research found in his introduction to Revelation.

Jake

BadDog
Jun 6th 2009, 05:18 AM
What year did this happen in?

Also, what year was Revelations officially added to the Bible, and when do they reckon it was written by John?

Thanks for your help!

MikeMike,

That previous post (#2) is a good one. Now regarding when the Apocalypse (Revelation) was recognized as part of the canon, we have to realize the environment that the church was in at the time. Christians were going through terrible persecutions, and so much of the NT was written to various parts of the world, but didn't get copied and passed around everywhere. So since the Apocalypse was the last of John's writings, probably, and he was on the island of Patmos in exile. It was written during the reign of Domitian (AD 51-96).

So it's not surprising that it didn't get circulated at first as much as some of John's other writings. Probably because of the great amount of symbolism, people weren't sure about including it in the canon until about 200 AD. Now remember that people didn't start pulling together a NT canon until the mid 2nd century.

The Bible was translated into English from Latin in the 1380s, as was said. But remember that the OT was mainly written in Hebrew and the NT in Greek. So such a Bible was not as accurate. In 1526 Tyndale translated the NT in English from Greek for the first time, using Erasmus' 3rd edition of the Greek manuscript he had compiled, which was available in 1516. Tyndale also translated most of (about 2/3) the OT from Hebrew before he was captured and executed. His disciple (Coverdale) completed the work using Latin and Martin Luther's German Bible a little later.

The KJV is essentially Tyndale's work, esp. in the NT, with changes for spelling.

Take care,

BD

chad
Jun 6th 2009, 05:49 AM
John Wycliffe is credited for the complete translation of the english bible in 1382 from the vulgate into English. His bible was known as the Wycliffe Bible.

However, there were many translations of large parts of the bible before Johns translation, but not the whole thing.

The first Authorised version of the bible in English is known as the Great Bible (1539). This was Authorized by King Henry the VIII of England.

Other Authorized versions were the Geneva Bible (1560) authorized by Elizabeth I.

The Bishops Bible (1568) authorized by the Church of England.

The King James Bible (1611) – This version was never specifically “Authorized” although it is known as the Authorized version in the UK.

The kings printers no longer printed the Bishops bible, so the KJV supplanted it as the standard bible for use in church. In the Book of Common Prayer (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_of_Common_Prayer) (1662), the text of the Authorized Version replaced the text of the Great Bible — the Epistle and Gospel readings — and as such was "authorized" by Act of Parliament


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Wycliff (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Wycliff)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Bible (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Bible)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Authorized_King_James_Version (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Authorized_King_James_Version)



What year did this happen in?

Also, what year was Revelations officially added to the Bible, and when do they reckon it was written by John?

Thanks for your help!

Mike