Bishops' Bible

The Bishops' Bible was a revision of the Great Bible. It was undertaken by Matthew Parker (1504-1575), Archbishop of Canterbury, with the assistance of many bishops and well-known Biblical scholars.

King James, in his instructions to the revisers of the Authorized 1611 Bible, instructed that they use the Bishop's Bible as the basis for their revision.

The Bishops' Bible text was paired with the Catholic Rheims New Testament of 1582 by William Fulke in his attempt to refute the Rheims translation and notes. The New Testament text is available in the New Testament Octapla and Genesis is available in the Genesis Octapla.

First Edition


Title: The . holie . Bible | conteynyng the olde | Testament and the newe.
Date: 1568
Publisher: R. Jugge: London
Contents: Bible + Apocrypha
References: Herbert 125, Chamberlin 8-1, Taliaferro CN00006, Taliaferro-EELBV 7070.100
Images: Title page (from Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University), sample page.
Facsimile: A pdf facsimile of the 1568 edition is available at



Title: The Coming of the King James Gospels A Collation of the Translator's Work-in-Progress (by) Ward S. Allen (and) Edward C. Jacobs
Date: 1995
Publisher: The University of Arkansas Press: Fayetteville Arkansas
Contents: Gospels
Images: Cover, Title page
Comments: This book presents the text of the Gospels from the Bishop's Bible with a collation of the changes proposed by the revisers for the King James Bible.

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