Bible Version Confusion

Printed Bible Versions

Bibles in a Bookshop

When I was young, when anyone wanted a new Bible, it was easy to choose which version, for there were very few versions other than the King James version. In fact, I cannot remember seeing anything other than the King James Bible in the bookshops and all the Bibles given out to the children at Sunday school anniversaries were universally King James Bibles.  Then in 1961 the New English version of the New Testament appeared, followed in 1970 by the Old Testament.  From then onwards it seemed as if a new Bible translation appeared every few months and today we have hundreds.  It is not apparently possible for anyone to give an accurate number of the current number of English translations, since there are also large numbers of partial Bibles containing a single testament, groups of books, or just a single book, but the American Bible Society, taking everything into consideration, thinks there are around 900 English language versions of the Bible available today and I am not sure whether this figure is just for printed versions or includes digital versions too.

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