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.
How We Got the Bible Chart features a time line that covers 4,000 years of Bible translation history, from 2000 BC to AD 2000. The Bible translation timeline starts with God commanding Moses to write on tablets, and later Old Testament writings on scrolls of parchment and papyrus, then in the first century, the New Testament was written and scrolls were folded into books called codexes. And finally the rise of the modern printing press with moveable type made the Bible available to common people at a reasonable price. This Bible history chart is perfect for Bible study, Sunday school lessons, homeschool curriculum, or Christian school courses.
How We Got the Bible:
The Bible for a Few vs. The Bible for All
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.
How We Got the Bible Timeline Shows How the Old and New Testaments were Written
and Handed Down Over the Centuries
Here are few of the 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 of the History of the Bible
- 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?
How We Got the Bible Timeline Includes 4 Reproducible Printable Worksheets and Handouts
- Worksheet: Early Bible Translators: Brief Biographies of Jerome, Bede, John Wycliffe and William Tyndale
- Handout: How We Got the Bible: 10 Key Points
- Handout: How We Got the Bible Timeline
- Graphic: The Family Tree of Bibles: The Origen and Growth of the English Bible
- Handout: 5 Teaching Tips and Project Ideas for Kids
How We Got the Bible Wall Chart Includes All of the Earliest and Today's Most Common Translations
This incredible timeline describes the history of the earliest Bibles
- Coverdale Bible
- Matthews Bible
- Great Bible
- Geneva Bible
- Bishops Bible and more
Newer Bible translations from AD 1650 to Present
- The King James Version of the Bible, 1611
- Revised Version, 1881
- American Standard, 1901
- The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, 1947
- Revised Standard Version, 1952
- Berkley Bible, 1959
- Amplified Bible, 1965
- Jerusalem Bible, 1966
- New English Bible, 1970
- New American Standard Bible, 1971
- Living Bible (paraphrased), 1971
- Today's English Version, 1976
- New International Version, 1978
- New King James Version, 1982
- Revised English Bible, 1989 and the New Revised Standard Version, 1990
Teaching Tip for Using the Laminated How We Got the Bible Wall Chart for Kids
It's fun for people to get out of their seat and write on the chart ... then just wipe it off. You can write on the laminated How We Got the Bible Wall Chart using water-soluble "wet-erase" markers only (such as the Vis-à-Vis™ brand). Perfect for quizzes.
Size and Lamination Quality of this How We Got the Bible Wall Chart
Full color. Large classroom-size Sunday school chart. Size: 19.5" x 26". Printed on heavy chart paper and laminated with high quality 3 mil plastic for durability for kids' classrooms. Rolls neatly for storage.
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