Pierre Robert Olivétan

Pierre Robert Olivetan/Olivétan (c.1506-1538) a Waldensian by faith was the first to translate the Bible into the French language starting from the Hebrew and Greek texts. He was a cousin of John Calvin, who wrote a Latin preface for the translation,[1] often called the Olivetan Bible.

His work was based on that of his teacher Jacques Lefèvre d'Etaples.[2] It was published in 1535 as La Bible Qui est toute la Saincte scripture[3] at Neuchâtel. This translation has been considered the first French Protestant Bible.[4]


  1. ^ French Reformation Archived 2007-04-17 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ The European Bible (1)
  3. ^ "6. Spreading the Word / Formatting the Word of God". Archived from the original on 2008-06-10. Retrieved 2007-03-19.
  4. ^ The first and nearest approach to a national Protestant version for France[1]; [2], [3].

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