This bestselling laminated version of How We Got the Bible Wall Chart explains the history of the Bible in English and increases confidence in the reliability of the Bible as it has been handed down over time.
For centuries, the Bible was hand copied, and this process took so long that Bibles were rare and usually kept safe by scholars. The original languages of the Bible were Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic, and so common people had no way of reading the Bible in their own language.
But translators such as Jerome, and later John Wycliffe, Erasmus, Martin Luther, William Tyndale, and others put the Scripture into local languages for the common people. Gutenberg’s printing press changed everything. Fearless translators and printers in the 1400s and 1500s challenged the religious authorities of the day, and gave their lives to to translate the Bible into common languages such as English and print them quickly in large quantities. How We Got the Bible gives a brief overview of the translators’ faithfulness, courage, and sacrifice.
Sample of events that appear on the chart:
God inspires more than 40 people over 1600 years to write the 66 books we know as the Old and New Testament.
1500 BC – AD 100: The Old Testament was written primary in Hebrew and Aramaic. The New Testament was written primary in Greek.
Approximately 250-100 BC: The translation of the Septuagint, the Hebrew Old Testament translated into Greek
AD 397: The collection of the 27 Books of the New Testament and formal confirmation of the Canon
The first English translation of the Bible by John Wycliffe in 1382
The King James Version of the Bible written in 1611
The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947 shows the remarkable accuracy of Bible translation and hand-copying over the centuries.
The creation of dozens of modern versions of the Bible through present times
How We Got the Bible Explains the Basics:
Who wrote the earliest Scriptures?
Who collected the Scriptures into the Bible?
Which brave Christians gave their lives to bring us the Bible in English?
How Can We be Confident of the Bible we Use Today?
This same chart is also available in unlaminated format. This material is also presented in pamphlet or PowerPoint format.