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Pierre Robert Olivétan
was the first to translate the Bible
The Bible refers to any one of the collections of the primary religious texts of Judaism and Christianity. There is no common version of the Bible, as the individual books , their contents and their order vary among denominations...
into the French language
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starting from the Hebrew and Greek texts. He was a cousin of John Calvin
John Calvin was an influential French theologian and pastor during the Protestant Reformation. He was a principal figure in the development of the system of Christian theology later called Calvinism. Originally trained as a humanist lawyer, he broke from the Roman Catholic Church around 1530...
, who wrote a Latin preface for the translation, often called the Olivetan Bible.
His work was based on that of his teacher Jacques Lefèvre d'Etaples
Jacques Lefèvre d’Étaples or Jacob Faber Stapulensis was a French theologian and humanist. He was a precursor of the Protestant movement in France. The "d’Étaples" was not part of his name as such, but used to distinguish him from Jacques Lefèvre of Deventer, a less significant contemporary, a...
. It was published in 1535 as La Bible Qui est toute la Saincte scripture
. This translation has been considered the first French Protestant Bible.