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Catalogue of English Bible Translations: A Classified Bibliography of Versions and Editions Including Books, Parts and Old and New Testament Apocrypha ... and Indexes in Religious Studies) [Hardcover]

William J. Chamberlin

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30 Dec 1991 031328041X 978-0313280412 annotated edition
While other Bible catalogs are available, this comprehensive reference book is destined to become the standard in the field. Chamberlin's one-volume work traces the publication history of multiple editions of Bible translations and offers valuable decriptive annotations. The catalog not only includes complete Bibles, but also Old and New Testaments, partial texts, commentaries that include translations, children's Bibles, Apocryphal writings, and the Koran, as well. Other bibliographies are usually limited to editions commonly found in academic libraries, but Chamberlin's guide also includes Bibles found in private collections. Overall, this catalogue contains more than five times as many entries of different English translations as two other Bible bibliographies, those by Hill and Herbert, combined. The entries are grouped in 151 categories, and within each category entries are listed in chronological order. The accompanying annotations identify the translator and provide an overview of the contents of each work. The detailed indexes make this bibliography a convenient tool for researchers. Bible scholars, collectors, and rare book dealers will find this catalogue a necessary addition to their libraries.

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?Rather than make judgments about what is and what is not properly considered a Bible or a part of the Bible, bibliographer Chamberlin has taken a very inclusive approach, admitting the Apocryphal books and even the Koran and arranging them within a framework that works from the whole through smaller parts in the accustomed order (i.e., the complete Bible, Hebrew scriptures, Pentateuch, . . . major prophets, . . . New Testament, Gospels, etc). Within each of these sections the translations are arranged chronologically by first publication date. Free from the constraints of Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules for form of entry and description, Chamberlin is able to provide lengthy descriptive notes and group successive and variant editions together. Helpful notes trace the relationship between later translators and translations and earlier translators and translations. Users can identify the work of particular editors or translators through the index. With its fuller descriptions and more convenient access to English versions of the Bible and its parts, this complements and extends the coverage of the Bible available through volumes 53-56 of the National Union Catalog Pre-1956 Imprints (London: Mansell, 1980) and belongs in serious Bible studies collections.?-Wilson Library Bulletin

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5.0 out of 5 stars An Indispensable Reference 6 Mar 2001
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Chamberlin's Catalogue of English Bible translations is the most complete bibliography of English Bible translations ever complied anywhere! Importantly, it contains much information about each translation, often quoting from the translation itself. Included is the publication data along with a complete publication history. If the translation includes only parts of the Bible, the listing includes the contents. Also, the annotations are very numerous. Some translations contain the apocrypha and the apocryphal books, and this is noted. The listings also often include some information about the translator. Some versions are not actually translations because they are not original, but are modifications of the King James Version, and if this it the case, this fact is noted. This 899 page work also has a 41 page, double column comprehensive index. It contains 43 additional pages of excellent preface material, notes, etc. This work is an indispensable reference for all Bible scholars, Bible translators, Bible collectors, Bible historians, and dealers in rare books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Resource for English Bible Version Study 2 Feb 2010
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I am actively involved in studying English Bible versions and have been for about 15 years. I am currently working on a book that will probably be called "The Encyclopedia of English Bible Versions."

This book is the most complete listing of English Bible versions that I have found. I have, of course, Herbert's "Historical Catalogue of Printed Bibles," Hills' "English Bible in America" and many others. But Chamberlin's book is more complete, more accurate and more helpful than any of those.

It lists more unique versions than any other work. It is also very helpful if you are researching a particular book of the Bible. He has listed every version that he has found whether it is in a commentary, magazine, or a book.

The cost of this book is high and that kept me from buying for quite some time. Now that I've gotten it I must say it is worth the investment. There simply is no other book that covers as many versions as this one.
4.0 out of 5 stars Valuable for Students and Bible Collectors 30 May 2014
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No other volume of this type offers such comprehensive coverage, yet its idiosyncratic cataloging methods stymie its usefulness. Nor are the accompanying comments to various versions as informative as Herbert. And watch for an inexpensive used copy as the cost for new is prohibitive.
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