The Bible in English
Old English (pre-1066)
Middle English (1066-1500)
Early Modern English (1500-1800)
Modern Christian (1800-)
Modern Jewish (1853-)

A broader list of English Bible translations is at Modern English Bible translations.

These are other translation projects which are worthy of note which are not easily classified in the other groups:

  • Anchor Bible Series - Each book is translated by a different scholar, with extensive critical commentary. Most translations of the Bible have been authorized or made by religious people for religious use. However, historians and philologists study this Bible as an historical and literary text.
  • Jefferson Bible - Not a translation, but a work of United States President Thomas Jefferson that omits miracles from the gospel stories. Jefferson wished to extract the doctrine of Jesus by removing sections of the New Testament containing supernatural aspects as well as perceived misinterpretations he believed had been added by the Four Evangelists.[1] In essence, Thomas Jefferson did not believe in Jesus' divinity, the Trinity, the resurrection, miracles, or any other supernatural aspect described in the Bible.[2]
  • New English Translation - The NET Bible (acronym for New English Translation) is a free, on-line English translation of the Bible.
  • World English Bible - The World English Bible (also known as WEB) is a public domain translation of the Bible that is based on the 1901 American Standard Version, the Greek Majority Text, and the Hebrew Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia.
  • the word on the street - This is the Bible as performance art. In the words of the author, "No way is this the Proper Bible. It’s a trailer for, an intro to, an overview of The Bible (capital 'B'). For those who’ve never read it, And those who’ve read it so much it’s gone stale on them".[3]
  • The Aussie Bible (Well, bits of it anyway) - This is not actually a complete Bible, but more a highly selective paraphrase by Australian author and journalist Kel Richards. The Aussie Bible is a re-telling of the story of Jesus' life from His birth to resurrection in the Australian vernacular
  • The Joseph Smith Translation. Emendations of the King James Version of the Bible, done by Joseph Smith Jr., the first president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Does not claim to be a translation based on actual documents, but rather claims to be inspired changes designed to restore truths to the Bible text that had become lost or changed since the original words were written. Smith died before it was completed.
  • Book of Yahweh - This "sacred name" version of the Bible is published by The House of Yahweh in Abilene, Texas. It is a modern English translation which uses the names Yahweh and Yahshua in place of God and Jesus. It also uses the Hebrew forms of place and personal names, particularly where the name of Yahweh is part of the name (such as Yeremyah for Jeremiah). Its translator claims it to be one of the most accurate English translations available anywhere today, although it eschews much of Christian theology and dogma due to its alleged pagan origins. It also does not distinguish between the Old and New Testaments, maintaining that the New Testament, rather than being a "New" covenant, is a "re-"newal of the "Old" covenant.
  • The Original Bible Project (OBP) is an attempt to make the translations from Hebrew and Greek in to English as "transparent" and/or "literal" as possible; as of 2007, this translation is in progress and will eventually be released in stores as the Transparent English Bible (or TEB). However, as the translation progresses it will be made available for the public on the aforementioned website. More information can be found here.
  • The Word Made Fresh - Not strictly a translation, but a paraphrase of an English translation by Andrew Edington. It was published in three volumes in the latter half of the twentieth century. Unfortunately the style switches between extremely modern and King James style English, sometimes mid-sentence. Names of people and places are changed into more modern names.
  • God Is For Real, Man - Not strictly a translation, but a paraphrase of English translations by "street children", compiled by Carl F. Burke. It is a collection of Bible snippets, not a complete version.
  • The LOLCat Bible - an effort to translate the bible into the Internet-based pidgin "lolspeak".


  1. Jeremy Kosselak (November 1998). The Exaltation of a Reasonable Deity: Thomas Jefferson’s BIBLE of Christianity. (Communicated by: Dr. Patrick Furlong). Indiana University South Bend - Department of History. Retrieved 2007-02-19. 
  2. R.P. Nettelhorst. Notes on the Founding Fathers and the Separation of Church and State. Quartz Hill School of Theology. Retrieved 2007-02-20. 
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