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00338 - Origins of the Bible

The original Bible came together through scholarly councils between 382AD and 405AD. Over 1,000 years later, during the council of Trent (1545-63AD), the basis of our Bible was formed. The Catholic response to the Protestant Reformation produced a 66-book version of the Vulgate, the first publication designed to allow wider circulation of the bible into society.

This protestant Bible’s circulation was helped tremendously by the invention of the printing press by Charles Gutenberg in 1440. Further work was done in 1516 called the Textus Receptus, endorsed by King James, which became known as the King James Version of the Bible in the UK. There is so much more that could be written about this.

2 Timothy 3:16 says, ‘All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness’. (NIV) Thank God for His word formed with so much care over such a long time.


The Bible remains the most influential book in the world.


Thank You, Lord, for the Bible, for who contributed to it and how it was formed. Amen.

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There is a great little book which really delves into the origins of the bible, available from

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