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Rare Bibles: John Wesley N.T. Bible (1755)

The Styberg Library has a special collection of rare Bibles. This guide features some of the ones that are within the collection.


John Wesley’s translation of the New Testament was published in 1755. He also translated the Old Testament, but this was not published until 1764. Wesley’s translation of the New Testament was meant to correct thousands of errors that were contained within the King James Version, and he consulted the Greek texts directly in order to do this. Wesley’s notes are provided below the text on each page, and the text itself is paragraphed, instead of versed. A portrait of Wesley preaching is also printed at the beginning of the Bible. In Wesley’s words from the Preface, "I have never knowingly, so much as in one place, altered [the Bible] for altering's sake; but there only, where, first, the sense was made better, stronger, clearer or more consistent with the context; secondly, where the sense being equally good, the phrase was better or nearer the original."