"Hexapla," of course, means "six-fold" or "six-columned" As the section of this book explaining the "Plan of the English Hexapla" notes, "the term 'Hexapla' was originally applied to the work executed by Origen in the 3rd century; in which the first column contained the Hebrew Text of the Old Testament; the second, the Hebrew text in Greek letters; the third, Aquila's Greek version; the fourth, the translation of Symmachus; the fifth, the LXX version (i.e. the Septuagint--RB); the sixth, Theodotion's version."
The English Hexapla offered here contains the six English (Reformation related Bible) translations noted in the title, arranged side by side for easy comparison and reference. Dates for each version used are as follows: Wiclif (1380, the first English New Testament, Purvey's revision), Tyndale (1534, a version of the first English-printed New Testament of 1525), Cranmer's Great Bible (1539, the first authorized English Bible), Geneva (1557, the first Bible with numbered verses), Rheims (1582, the first Roman Catholic version), King James Version (1611, first edition).
Of special interest may be the Geneva 1557 version (from a copy of the first edition), as both Geneva Bible's presently in print contain later versions (1599 and 1602) of this text. It should also be noted that the notes to the Geneva Bible are not included in the English Hexapla, just the text.
The 1611 edition of the KJV will also be of value to those who would like to compare it with the more modern version of this translation.
"The notation of the verses has been inserted in all the translations, for convenience of reference... In illustration of the utility of the comparison of the various translations, much that is interesting might be advanced, but which the use of the volume will at once afford. The varied, although ordinarily equivalent manner in which the different translators render the same phrase, often throws much light upon the exact meaning; and when the versions vary in sense, the enquiry suggested with reference to the Original cannot fail to afford profit while it interests" ("Plan of the English Hexapla," pp. 161-162).
Additionally this English Hexapla also includes "The original Greek text after Scholz with the various readings of the Textus Receptus and the principal Constantinopolitan and Alexanderine manuscripts, and a complete collation of Scholz's text with Griesbach's edition of 1805... The Greek text has been placed in the upper part of each page, for the purpose of facilitating the comparison of the versions with the Original, so desirable when they vary in rendering any passage."
This is all preceded by a detailed and annotated 160 page historical account of the English translations.
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