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We maintain a highly selective Bible collection in the Information Center (IC) and Lane Room. There are many more Bibles in Green Stack and SAL, in Dewey and the LC classification. An overview of the various versions of the Bible is found in The New Catholic Encyclopedia, vol.2: "Bible, IV," 1967 [IC BX841.C25]; The Anchor Bible Dictionary, vol.6, pp. 787- [IC BS440.I63] ; and in articles in the Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, 3 ed. [IC BR95.O8 1997]. Other works include:

Related CD-ROM The evolution of the English Bible: from papyri to King James surveys the evolution of biblical text and images over the course of sixteen centuries. Contains several hundred images that trace the roots of the King James Bible, showing both its direct ancestors and other related religious works dating from 119 to 1611 CE.

Abbreviations for Bible Versions in the King James Tradition
For a listing with abbreviations for other English bibles go the the Bible Translation page and to A Concise Concise History of the English Bible on the American Bible Society (ABS) site.
There are several Bible search sites on the web offering text for different versions; these include Bible Gateway and ABS.
KJV; AV King James Version [help] or "Authorised Version" 1611
RV (British) Revised Version [help] 1881-1885
ASV American Standard Version [help] 1901
RSV Revised Standard Version [help] 1946-1952, 1957 By 1977 the RSV was authorised for use by Protestant, Anglican, Roman Catholic, and Eastern Orthodox churches
NIVNew International Version [help] 1969-70
NRSV New Revised Standard Version [help] 1989

Catholic Versions of the Bible

Masoretic Text

Apocrypha & Pseudepigrapha*

  • Old Testament Pseudepigrapha. 1983 [LANE ROOM BS1830.A3 1983]
  • The Apocryphal New Testament [IC BS2832.J3]
  • The Apocrypha & Pseudepigrapha of the O.T. in English. 2 vols.[ LANE ROOM BS1692 1913]
  • Jewish Pseudepigrapha and Merkabah tradition

See also New Testament Apocrypha [GREEN STACK BS2832.S3], which includes the Gospel of Thomas. The Gnostic Gospels [GREEN STACK BT1390.P3] gives a good account of these matters; for other materials on the Nag Hammadi texts search Socrates under "Gnosticism".

John Rawlings and Jim Knox
Stanford University Libraries

Last modified: February 4, 2008

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