Types of Bible Books


Currently, we have more than 50 types of Bible books worldwide. This are the well known Bible translations and the published years.

King James Version (KJV)

The King James Version (KJV), also known as the Authorized Version or the King James Bible. It is an English translation of the Bible that was first published in 1611 under the patronage of King James I of England.

In January 1604, the Hampton Court Conference published the King James Version of the Bible. This Bible is still regarded as one of the most important works in English.

New World Translation Bible

In 1988, New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures (NWT) was published by the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society. It is the most widely translated and distributed book in history.

The New World Translation is for Jehovah’s Witness because when the “New World Bible Translation Committee” went through the Bible they changed any verses that contradicted Jehovah’s Witness theology.

New International Version (NIV)

In 1978, Biblica (formerly the International Bible Society) published the New International Version (NIV). The NIV retains 95% of the words of the 1984 edition.

The New International Version (NIV) is a completely new translation of the Bible created by over a hundred scholars using the best available Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek words.

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

In 1960, The New American Standard Bible (NASB) was published by Lockman Foundation. The NASB New Testament was published in 1963. The complete NASB Bible was published in 1971.

The NASB was one of the first Bible translations to capitalize personal pronouns referring to God.

New King James Version (NKJV)

The Ne King James Version was published in the year 1982 by Thomas Nelson. It is a modernization of the King James Version of 1611, using the same underlying Greek words for the New Testament.

According to the research done  the New King James Version (NKJV) took seven years to complete. The New King James Version is also an exceptionally rich and accurate translation of Holy Scripture.

 English Standard Version (ESV)

The English Standard Version (ESV) was published in 2001 by Crossway and was written by more than 100 evangelical preachers and pastors.

In the early 1990s, Lane T. Dennis, president of the nonprofit book publishing ministry Crossway, discussed the need for a new literal translation of the Bible with a number of Christian evangelists and pastors.

New Living Translation (NLT)


The New Living Translation (NLT) was published in 1996 by Tyndale House. The New Living Translation translators set out to render the message of the original Scripture words into clear, contemporary English.

The New Living Translation was created with the intention of conveying the meaning of the ancient Bible words to the modern reader as accurately as possible. It was founded on the most recent translation theory research.

Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) new Testament  was published in 1999, the full Bible was later published in March 2004 by Holman Bible Publishers.

This Holman Christian Standard Bible is a free edition. Without the publisher’s notes, it contains the entire text of the Holman Christian Standard Bible.

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) was written and published in 1989 by the National Council of Churches.

Both the New English Bible (1970) and the Revised Standard Version (1952) of the Bible include readings from the Old Testament that were not previously known. This is because the so-called Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in the Qumran caves in 1947.

New Century Version (NCV)

The New Century Version new Testament was written and published in 1983 and the Old Testament was later published in 1987.

It is also the Bible with roots extending to the English Version for the Deaf (EVD) translated  (by the World Bible Translation Center, a subsidiary of Bible League International).

The Voice translation of the Bible

 The Voice Translation of the Bible was written and published in 2011 by Thomas Nelson and the Ecclesia Bible Society.

The Voice is a faithful dynamic equivalent translation of God’s Word that contains all of its wisdom and truth and reads like a story.

New English Bible (NEB)

The new English Bible (NEB) new Testament  was published in 1961 and the Old Testament (with the Apocrypha) was published on 16 March 1970 by  Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press.

American Standard Version (ASV)

 The American Standard Version (ASV) was published in 1901 with the publication of the revision of the Old Testament. The revised New Testament had been released in 1900.

The American Standard Version (ASV) is rooted in the work that was done with the Revised Version (RV), a late 19th-century British revision of the King James Version of the Bible.

Good News Bible (GNB) – Today’s English Version (TEV)

Good News Bible (GNB) was formally known as Today’s English Version (TEV),  but in 2001 was renamed the Good News Translation in the U.S.

This popular Bible clarifies the message of the Bible and carefully brings gender inclusiveness to the Bible text. It Includes Book Introductions and Outlines and a Bible Word List.

Amplified Bible (AMP)

The Amplified Bible (AMP) was written and published in 1958 by Zondervan and The Lockman Foundation.

The Amplified Bible also uses definitions and synonyms to clarify and broaden the meaning of words in the text without sacrificing accuracy.

Today’s New International Version (TNIV)

 The Today’s New International Version (TNIV) was developed by the Committee on Bible Translation (CBT) and published in 2005 by Zondervan (US), Hodder and Stoug.

It was a completely new translation made by over a hundred scholars working directly from the best available Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek words.

New English Translation (NET)

The New English Translation (NET) Bible is a completely new translation of the Bible, not a revision or an update of a previous English version.

It was published in 2005 by Biblical Studies Foundation (aka The New English Translation is also a free, completely new online English translation of the Bible, with 60,932 translators’ notes.

Lexham English Bible (LEB)

The Lexham English Bible (LEB) is a new translation of the Bible into English and was published in 2010. It also have a full audio recorded by Marv Allen.

It is part of a Lexham Press resource suite that connects original language words to formal translations.

Revised Standard Version (RSV)

The Revised Standard Version (RSV) is a great Bible which has 3 different years published. The New Testament was first published in 1946, the Old Testament in 1952, and the Apocrypha in 1957; the New Testament was then revised in 1971.

It is the first translation of the Bible to make use of the Dead Sea Scroll of Isaiah, a development considered “revolutionary” in the academic field of biblical scholarship.

Contemporary English Version (CEV)

 The American Bible Society’s (ABS) translation of the Contemporary English Version (CEV), first published in 1995, was distinguished by its uncompromising simplicity.

The CEV arose from research into speech patterns used in books, magazines, newspapers, and television conducted by biblical scholar Dr. Barclay M. Newman in 1984.

God’s Word Translation (GW)

God’s Word Translation (GW) was published in 1995 and was written by the God’s Word to the Nations Bible Society, Cleveland, Ohio.

God’s Word Translation (GW) accurately translates the meaning of the original words into clear, day by day language. Readable and reliable, GW is living, active, and life-changing.

Common English Bible (CEB) 

 Christian Resources Development Corporation (CRD) begun translating the Common English Bible (CEB) in late 2008 and was finished in 2011.

It is an English translation of the Bible whose language is intended to be at a comfortable reading level for the majority of English readers.

The Recovery Version of the Bible

The Recovery Version of the Bible was published in the years 1999 and was published by the Witness Lee and the editorial section of the Living Stream Ministry.

This Bible is translated in such a way that  contains numerous study aids, including, the subject and background of each book; detailed, interpretive outlines; enlightening footnotes, valuable cross references, and a variety of useful charts and maps.

New International Reader’s Version (NIRV)

The New International Readers Version (NIRV) was written and published by International Bible Society in the year 1996.

Addition to that, The (NIRV) translation is an excellent resource for children, adults with English as a second language and all Christians seeking a simplified Bible translation based on the NIV.

Easy-To-Read Version (ERV)

The Easy-To-Read Version (ERV) was published in the year 1987, June by the World Bible Translation Center.  It was also published as the English Version for the Deaf (EVD) by BakerBooks.

The ERV is  Written at a third-grade reading level, with very short sentences and using a limited vocabulary, the ERV is one of the simplest easy-to-read translations.

Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

The Complete Jewish Bible was published in 1998 by by Dr. David H. Stern. It also consists of Dr. Stern’s revised translation of the Old Testament (Tanakh) and his original Jewish New Testament (B’rit Hadashah) translation in one book.

Reading this Bible you will get to see that it expresses the original and essential Jewishness of the Bible in both the Old and New Testaments.

Bible in Basic English (BBE)

The Bible in Basic English (BBE) was published in the year 1941 by S. H. Hooke (ed.). According to the publisher, He uses the standard 850 Basic English words.

He also used 100 words that were helpful to understand poetry were added along with 50 “Bible” words for a total of 1,000 words.

21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

The 21st Century King James Version (KJ21) was published in April 1, 1994 by William D. Prindle. It contains universally useful study aids.

It is the book inspired by God and written by the chosen men and fulfill their purpose, in it we read about God, his love, mercy and God’s plan for us which encourage us and strengthen our faith with God.

The Modern King James Version (MKJV)

 Modern King James Version first came out in 1962. In the 1970s it was called King James II Version. It was lastly published in the  year 1984  by HarperCollins.

Therefore, The revision work was done by Jay P. Green between 1962 and 1998, with several editions being published.

The Modern English Version (MEV)

The Modern English Version (MEV) is an English translation of the Bible which the writers  begun in 2005 and completed in 2014. The work was edited by James F. Linzey, and is an update of the King James Version (KJV).

The Modern English Version (MEV) heralds a new day for Bibles with the most modern translation ever produced in the King James tradition, providing fresh clarity for Bible readers everywhere with an updated language that doesn’t compromise the truth of the original words.

World English Bible (WEB)

The World English Bible (WEB) was published in 2000 by Rainbow Missions. It is one of the few public domain, twenty-first century English translations of the entire Bible, and it is freely distributed to the public using electronic formats.

The WEB is modern-English translation of the entire Holy Bible. It is also the only English-language Bible custom translated to be understood by most English-speakers, worldwide.

Revised English Bible (REB)

The Revised English Bible (REB) was published in the year 1989 by the publishing houses of both the universities of Oxford and Cambridge.

This acclaimed translation is a revision of the best-selling New English Bible. Compiled by a committee representing all major churches, the REB is praised for its modern style and accuracy.

Jerusalem Bible (JB)

 The Jerusalem Bible (JB) was published in the year 1966 by Darton, Longman & Todd. It is also a Roman Catholic translation of the Bible which first was introduced to the English-speaking public in 1966.

The JB has also been widely praised for an overall very high level of scholarship, and is widely admired and sometimes used by liberal and moderate Protestants.

New American Bible (NAB)

 The New American Bible (NAB) was published in the year 1970. Saint Benedict Press is a proud publisher of the New American Bible Revised Edition (NABRE), the first major update to the New American Bible (NAB) text in twenty years.

It was the first major English translation of the Bible under Catholic auspices since the mid-18th century, when English Catholic Bishop Richard Challoner updated the 16th-17th century Douay-Rheims Catholic version of the Bible in English.

The Living Bible (TLB)

The Living Bible was written and published in the year 1971 by Tyndale House Publishers. Taylor used the American Standard Version of 1901 as his base text.

The LB is a paraphrase of the Old and New Testaments. Its purpose is to say as exactly as possible what the writers of the Scriptures meant, which is to say it simply, expanding where necessary for a clear understanding by the modern reader.

 The Message (MSG)

 The Message (MSG) was published in the year 2002 by Eugene H Peterson. Many believers do not see The Message as just a story, they believe it is the Bible.

The biggest surprise for many is how accessible this book is to those who simply open it up and read it.

Young’s Literal Translation (YLT)

The Young’s Literal Translation (YLT) was published in the year 1962. The translation was made by Robert Young, compiler of Young’s Analytical Concordance to the Bible and Concise Critical Comments on the New Testament.

The Greek Text followed is that generally recognized as the Received Text, from which the King James Version was translated.

Wycliffe Bible

Wycliffe Bible was written and published in the year 1382. It is the name now given to a group of Bible translations into Middle English that were made under the direction of John Wycliffe. They appeared over a period from approximately 1382 to 1395.

Wycliffe advocated translation of the Bible into the common vernacular. According to tradition, Wycliffe is said to have completed a translation direct from the Vulgate into Middle English – a version now known as Wycliffe’s Bible.

Tyndale Bible

Tyndale Bible is a known Bible which was published in the year 1526 by William Tyndale into Early Modern English, made c. 1522–1536.

This Bible usually refers to the translations of various books of the Bible by William Tyndale in the 1500s.

Coverdale Bible

The Coverdale Bible, written by Myles Coverdale and published in 1535, was the first complete Modern English translation of the Bible, and the first complete printed translation into English.

The later editions published in 1537 were the first complete Bibles printed in England.

Matthew Bible

The Matthew Bible, also known as Matthew’s Version, was first published in 1537 by John Rogers, under the pseudonym Thomas Matthew.

It combined the New Testament of William Tyndale, and as much of the Old Testament as he had been able to translate before being captured and put to death.

Great Bible

The first copies of The Great Bible  were sold in 1539. It was based on an earlier version begun illegally by William Tyndale and adapted by Miles Coverdale in 1535.

This Bible of 1539 was the first authorised edition of the Bible in English, authorised by King Henry VIII of England to be read aloud in the church services of the Church of England.

The Bishops’ Bible

 The Bishops’ Bible is an English translation of the Bible which was produced under the authority of the established Church of England in 1568.

This Bible was substantially revised in 1572, and the 1602 edition was prescribed as the base text for the King James Version that was completed in 1611.

Douay-Rheims Version (DRV)

 The Douay–Rheims Bible, also known as the Douay–Rheims Version, Rheims–Douai Bible or Douai Bible, and abbreviated as D–R, DRB, and DRV, is a translation of the Bible from the Latin Vulgate into English made by members of the English College, Douai, in the service of the Catholic Church.

It was published between the years 1582 and 1610 and revised by Bishop Richard Challoner from 1749-1752, is the most accurate English translation of the Bible available today.

Geneva Bible

Geneva Bible is also known as  Breeches Bible, English translation of the Bible published in Geneva (New Testament, 1557; Old Testament, 1560) by a colony of Protestant scholars in exile from England.

The Geneva Bible is one of the most historically significant translations of the Bible into English, preceding the King James Version by 51 years.

Kingdom Interlinear

The Kingdom Interlinear Translation of the Greek Scriptures originally published 2000. It was published by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc. and translated by the New World Bible Translation Committee.

The purpose behind the publishing of The Kingdom Interlinear Translation of the Greek Scriptures is to aid such seekers of truth and life.

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