Basic Bible

The Basic Bible uses a special English vocabulary called Basic English which is limited to 850 words (for the purpose of translating the Bible, an additional 150 special Bible words were added to bring the total up to 1000 words). This translation was prepared by S.H. Hooke. An article on the Basic Bible including the Introduction to the 1965 edition can be found on the Bible Researcher site.

For sample verses of the Basic Bible, click here


Bible Stories


Title: Stories From the Bible Put into Basic English by C.K. Ogden
Date: 1933
Publisher: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co. Ltd.: London
Contents: Genesis 1, 2, 3, 6-8, 27, Exodus 1-3, Numbers 22, Ruth, I Samuel 3, 17, Daniel 3, 6, Jonah, Matthew 2, 26, John 11, 19
References: Chamberlin 39-1, Taliaferro-EELBV 7905.090.
Images: Cover, Title page



Title: The Basic St. Mark
Date: 1935
Publisher: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co. Ltd.: London
Contents: Mark
References: Chamberlin 39-1, Taliaferro-EELBV 7905.092.
Images: Cover, Title page

New Testament


Title: The New Testament in Basic English
Date: 1941
Publisher: E. P. Dutton and Co., Inc.: New York
Contents: New Testament
References: Chamberlin 578-3; Hills 2396; Herbert 2277, Taliaferro-BVE CN00034, Taliaferro-EELBV 7905.100.
Images: Cover, Title page

Complete Bible


Title: The Basic Bible containing the Old and New Testaments in Basic English
Date: 1950
Publisher: E. P. Dutton and Co., Inc.: New York
Contents: Bible
Images: Jacket, Title page
References: Chamberlin 39-1; Hills 2488; Herbert 2295, Taliaferro-BVE CN00034, Taliaferro-EELBV 7905.110.
Comments: This is the first American Edition. The first edition was published in England in 1949.


Title: The Bible in Basic English ■ The Most Readable Modern Translation / Total Vocabulary of Only 1000 Basic English Words.
Date: None given, c. 1982
Publisher: New York, N.Y. (U.S.A.): Press Syndicate of the University of Cambridge. 1st print, undated
Contents: Protestant Bible
References: Chamberlin 39-1; Hills see 2488; Herbert see 2295, Taliaferro-BVE CN00034, Taliaferro-EELBV 7905.110.
Images: Cover, Title page
Location: Collection Bibelarchiv Birnbaum; Karlsruhe/ Baden. Germany
Comments: Paperback octavo, 1122 pp. A note states that Samuel Henry Hooke (1874-1968) translated this bible according to standards produced by C.K. Ogden of the Orthological Institute in England. It seems that the translation has been unaltered since the first publication date in 1949. There are no references or remarks, just the plain biblical text in double column with chapter and verse numberings.

The Story Bible - 2012

The Story Bible was complied by Verlynn Ritchie Pruehs. It focuses on the narratives of the Bible. According to Pruehs, The Story Bible removes "those things that are complicated and/or confusing for the new believer, or for anyone who is new to Bible reading".


Title: The Story Bible
Date: December 17, 2012
Publisher: JustGreatStuff: Colton, CA
Contents: Bible selections
Images: Cover, Title
Comments: This is the Amazon Kindle edition; it seems to be only available for that platform.


Unless otherwise stated, the content of this page is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License