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Our Own English Bible: Its Translators and Their Work (3 vols.)
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Our Own English Bible: Its Translators and Their Work (3 vols.)


Francis Griffiths 1913

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William James Heaton wrote Our Own English Bible: Its Translators and Their Work to examine the literary aspects of the Bible and the history surrounding its many versions. How did each translation develop? What previous versions affected them? How much did they influence the religious life of the nations that read them? Tracing the history of the Bible from the early days of Christian nomads and fragile manuscripts to the modern printing press, Heaton seeks to answer such questions. He delves into the lives of the translators—where and how they lived—and examines other trends impacting the Bible throughout history. He also reflects joyfully on the increasing availability of God’s Word, saying, “Our earliest Bibles on vellum must have each cost the price of a farm; later, they could be had for a cow; but now a morning’s milking . . . will procure for the milkman a first-class well-bound Bible in his own language.”

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Key Features

  • The first work of its kind on biblical manuscripts
  • Detailed historical context of most well-known translations
  • Hundreds of interesting and relevant illustrations

Individual Titles

Praise for the Print Edition

This is a noble work, and one hitherto greatly needed. We cordially recommend it to all Bible lovers who wish to know how we got our Bible. It is well illustrated with good photographs and drawings.

British Weekly

This story is one which must be dear to every devout heart. No pains have been spared in the gathering of materials from many quarters, and by lucid description, ample quotation, and excellent pictorial illustrations, there is brought home to the reader a most vivid picture of the long and painful, yet marvelous, process by which, on the human side, there has come into our hands that wonderful English Bible which the author fitly describes as the greatest concrete force on the side of truth and righteousness which the world contains.


We have been charmed with it from beginning to end. Where we looked for dry lists, we have found a story more pleasant to read, and more full of interest than many a novel. It is written for the people, it is true, but its every page bears signs of erudition, research, and skill in handling the facts of history. Here is at last the romance of the English Bible, for which we have long been waiting.

Erith Times

Nearly forty years of literary toil are embodied in this undertaking. The author has read widely, and has added independent research to the information obtainable from the recognized authorities.

Nottingham Guardian

Our Own English Bible: Its Translators and Their Work—The Manuscript Period

  • Author: William James Heaton
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Publisher: Francis Griffiths
  • Publication Date: 1913
  • Pages: 344

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This volume of Our Own English Bible was the first of its kind, covering the manuscript period in biblical history. In it, William James Heaton discusses the early dissemination of the Scriptures through John Wycliffe. Among the many topics covered are Augustine and his mission, early translators such as Bede, monastics and missionaries, the Durham book, Anglo-Saxon texts, Ælfric, and the post-Norman era. Also included are 56 photographs and illustrations.

There is a ready market for books about the English Bible. But the Rev. W. J. Heaton has almost no competition, whilst he has all the popular interest, when he publishes a book on the age before printing. He tells the difficult story easily, and it is made memorable by many excellent engravings.

Expository Times

Mr. Heaton’s volume is a gold mine of information and ought to be widely read. What he says is true, that no vernacular Bible possesses such a remarkable early history. The illustrations scattered through the text are well chosen.

Saint Andrew

The deeply interesting story of a little known period is well told. Every lover of the English Bible will thank Mr. Heaton as well for the painstaking research which has resulted in the collection of facts of the highest interest as for the skill with which he has marshaled them. It deserves a wide circulation, and the attractiveness of the volume is greatly increased by a large number of excellent engravings.

Methodist Recorder

Mr. Heaton has dealt skillfully with a difficult subject, and produced a book which should be valued by all lovers of the Bible.


A very valuable and instructive, besides an entirely fascinating, book.

Christian Commonwealth

Of the utmost literary and historical interest.

Christian Advocate, New York

The Bible of the Reformation

  • Author: William James Heaton
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Publisher: Francis Griffiths
  • Publication Date: 1913
  • Pages: 293

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In The Bible of the Reformation, William James Heaton brings a fresh perspective to the history of the printed Bible with detailed accounts of translators from the Reformation period. He also touches on the invention of printing, Erasmus, Tyndale, the first English Bible, Bishop Becke’s Bible, and more. Over 60 illustrations add points of interest to this book.

This is the second volume in Mr. Heaton’s trilogy upon our English Bible. It is a scholarly work, in a popular form, enriched by many illustrations. It is the best account of the English Bible and its vicissitudes in the Reformation period before the public.

Western Morning News

This is a very useful and interesting work, remarkably well illustrated, with portraits, etc., in addition to facsimiles of parts of Tyndale’s Bible and others. The work is peculiarly acceptable at this juncture, and we cordially recommend it

The Record

I can strongly recommend it as an excellent account of the Bibles of the Reformation. It is beautifully illustrated, and should have an extensive sale.

—Lord Peckover, rare Bible collector

[This] second book is very interesting, and the illustrations, so very well selected, add another charm to the volume.

—Lady William Cecil, Bible curate

The Puritan Bible and Other Contemporaneous Protestant Versions

  • Author: William James Heaton
  • Publisher: Francis Griffiths
  • Publication Date: 1913
  • Pages: 368

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In the preface to this volume, William James Heaton declares, “This one contains, for the first time, a fairly complete account of the translators of the Bibles used by Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth, and those of the famous Authorized Version.” Heaton begins with the reign of Edward VI and advances through history, ending with the Authorized Version. This volume contains over 90 illustrations and includes an index to all three volumes in the collection.

Product Details

  • Title: Our Own English Bible: Its Translators and Their Work
  • Author: William James Heaton
  • Publisher: Francis Griffiths
  • Volumes: 3
  • Pages: 1,005

About William James Heaton

William James Heaton (born 1845) graduated from London University, eventually becoming a pastor in London. He was a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a member of the Institut et Academie.