The Bible Word-Book by William Aldis Wright was published by The MacMillan Company, London, 1884.
The translations of the Bible referred to in the present book are those by John Wyclif and his associates, made between 1380 and 1400; William Tyndale, 1525- 1535; Miles Coverdale, 1535; "Thomas Matthew," a pseudonym of John Rogers, 1537; Richard Taverner, 1539; the Great Bible, 1539; the Geneva Bible, 1560; the Bishops' Bible, 1568, revised 1572; the Rheims New Testament, 1582; the Douay Bible, 1609; the King James Version (KJ), 1611; the Revised Version (RV), 1881- 1885; the American Standard Version (ASV), 1901; the Revised Standard Version (RSV), 1946- 1952.
Translations of the New Testament into modern speech are The Twentieth Century New Testament, 1898- 1904, and individual translations by R. F. Weymouth, 1903; James Moffatt, 1913; Edgar J. Goodspeed , 1923; William G. Ballantine, 1923; Charles B. Williams, 1949; J. B. Phillips, 1947- 1958. New translations of the Gospels are by Charles C. Torrey, 1933, revised 1947; and E. V. Rieu, 1952. Translations of the Bible into modern speech are by James Moffatt, finally revised in 1935; by J. M. P. Smith and associates for the Old Testament, with Goodspeed New Testament, in An American Translation, 1931; by S. H. Hooke in The Basic Bible, 1949; by Ronald Knox , 1944- 1954; and by the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, 1948- 1959.
The reference work to which this book owes most is the Oxford English Dictionary (OED); next to it, Webster's New International Dictionary, Second Edition. There are excellent articles on words in the four-volume Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. The volumes of The Interpreter's Bible are of great value for comparison of KJ and RSV. The Hebrew lexicon referred to in this book is by Brown, Driver, and Briggs (BDB), published by the Clarendon Press in 1907, corrected impression 1952. The Greek lexicons are by J. H. Thayer, 1885, fourth edition, reprinted 1953; and by W. F. Arndt and F. W. Gingrich, 1957.
Valuable concordances are by John Bartlett for the works of Shakespeare, by James Strong and by Robert Young for the King James Version of the Bible, by M. C. Hazard for the American Standard Version of the Bible, and Nelson Complete Concordance of the Revised Standard Version Bible.
This bibliographical note does not attempt to list the sources consulted in the preparation of this book. Some of them are indicated in the text; to name them all would extend this note unduly.