Story of the Amplified Bible
The story of the
Amplified Bible is a remarkable story of faith, hope, and love.
It's the story of a woman, a foundation, a committee, and a
publisher. Commitment, energy, enthusiasm, and giftedness - these
are the words that paint the picture, the picture of the making of
Frances Siewert (Litt. B., B.D., M.A., Litt. D.) was a woman with
an intense dedication to the study of the Bible. It was Mrs.
Siewert (1881-1967) who laid the foundation of the Amplified
Bible, devoting her life to a familiarity with the Bible, with the
Hebrew and Greek languages, and with the cultural and
archaeological background of Biblical times, which would result in
the publication of this unique translation.
Every vision needs visionaries willing to follow the cause. The
story of this dream is no different. Mrs. Siewert's vision was
seen by a California non-profit foundation called The Lockman
Foundation, made up of Christian men and women who through their
commitment, their expertise, and their financial support under
girded Mrs. Siewert's monumental translation project. The Lockman
Foundation's purpose remains today what is was then: to promote
Bible translation, Christian evangelism, education, and
Commitment, energy, enthusiasm, giftedness --the things visions
are made of--describes the efforts of the committee appointed by
The Lockman Foundation to carefully review the impressive work of
Mrs. Siewert. This Editorial Board, made up of dedicated people,
lent credibility and organization to this unprecedented attempt to
bring out the richness of the Hebrew and Greek languages within
the English text itself.
One chapter yet remained to bring the vision into reality. A
publishing house in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on its way to becoming
a major religious publishing firm, seized the opportunity to
participate in a project which all visionaries involved strongly
believed would be used by God to change lives. The Zondervan
Publishing House joined the team, and the dream became reality
with the publication of The Amplified New Testament in 1958,
followed by the two-volume Amplified Old Testament in 1962 and
1964, and the one-volume Amplified Bible in 1965.
Since the Amplified Bible was first translated in the sixties,
there have been changes in both the style and usage of the English
language; therefore, it seemed appropriate for The Lockman
Foundation to revisit this well-loved translation of God's Word.
Accordingly, Dr. Robert G. Lambeth, President of The Lockman
Foundation, established a translation team and under his
leadership the project was developed and completed in 2015. The
result is a new Amplified Bible translation that is contemporary
and firmly based on the foundation established by the Amplified
Bible of 1965.
Biography of Mrs. Frances Siewert