In the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, permission to print English Bibles was granted only to printers with a royal license. Thus, the English colonists in America could only import Bibles that were published by those licensed printers in England. It wasn’t until the 1800s that a translation of the English Bible was completed and published in America. Charles Thomson had served as the secretary of the Continental Congress and assisted in designing the great seal of the United States. He translated the Greek Septuagint and the Greek New Testament into English. In 1808, his translation was published in four volumes—a translation with a depth of scholarship that impacted American Bible translations for nearly a hundred years. It’s now displayed at Museum of the Bible.
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