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ENGL 395/LITR 154/HUMS 165 The Bible as a Literature: The Bible in English Database

A guide to accompany the course ENGL 395/LITR 154/HUMS165: The Bible as Literature, taught in Yale College by Professor Leslie Brisman.

Bible in English link

This database allows you to examine and compare different translations of the Bible.  The Bible in English contains twenty-one different versions of the English Bible. In addition to thirteen complete Bibles, there are five texts that comprise New Testaments only, two that contain just the Gospels, and William Tyndale's translation of the Pentateuch, Jonah, and New Testament.

Tips for using the database

  • In order to choose the Bible you wish to view, go to the Table of Contents on the far right hand side of the opening page. 
  • This will open a page with a list of all the Bibles listed in chronological order from the earliest to the latest. 
  • Using the + button on the left hand side you can open the text, revealing each of the chapters and then the verses in that chapter. Continue "drilling down" until you have come to the chapter and verse you wish to study.
  • The next step is to compare two or more versions. This is done by clicking on the verse number (this is a link) on the left side of the verse you wish to compare.
  • A new window will open on the page listing all the possible versions. Choose the one you wish to compare with the first version and a new window will open with the verse in that version.  You can move the windows around the screen to place them side by side. 
  • You can continue to open more windows to compare multiple versions. Some of the early versions did not have chapter and verse numbers, so they can be synchronized only at the book or chapter level.  


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