The original writings (âautographâ) of the Bible were hand written [manuscripts] (MSS).Â In 430 B.C., after the book of Malachi was completed the Jews officially accepted the books of the Old Testament.Â
By 96 A.D., [all] of the original Greek manuscripts which make up the 27 books of the New Testament were completed (not all assemblies accepted the book of Revelation); but by A.D. 100, all 27 books were agreed upon.
ÂPreserving the Original Hebrew Text:
Some time between the 1st and 11th century A.D. (7th -10th possibly) Jewish Rabbiâs called: Masoretes, preserved the original Hebrew Text by coping it on parchment made from the skin of [clean] animals.
ÂPublisher and Editor of the Masoretic Text:
In 1524-25 Rabbi Abraham Ben Chayyim (a Christian Jew, and poet) edited (the MT) and Daniel Bomberg published it under the name: âThe 2nd Great Rabbinic Bible.â
The New Testament was translated from the Koine Greek (common or Hellenistic Greek) into Greek, by Erasmus in 1516; and in 1522 Luther translated the New Testament portion of the Bible from Greek into the German language.
In 1526 Tyndale translated the Bible from German into old English.
The KJ translators began their work in 1604.Â Fifty-four scholars were (originally) approved; 47 devoted men of God began to translate the Bible into the Kings English.Â They were divided into six committees.Â These men used what is called: âformal equivalencyâ (or verbal equivalence); this method took Hebrew and Greek words and deciphered them as closely as possible into English.
The Latin word: Textus (text) Receptus (received, or agreed, approved, accepted text;Â was the Greek text type available to translators.Â The TR (text type) used movable type to print text.Â This âtext typeâ is also known as: the Traditional Text, the Byzantine text or the Syrian Text.Â Prior to 1624 it was called the [Majority Text].
In 1613 the Apocrypha was detached (from the KJB) and in 1885 it was officially removed; leaving only the 66 books that we use today. The Apocrypha was translated from the Greek Septuagint (LXX).Â In order to justify the Apocrypha, down through the yearâs people like: Westcott and Hort (and their allies) have attempted to dismiss the King James Version Bible as imprecise.