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Pierrre Robert Olivetan publishes a French Bible translation.


Pierre Robert 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, often called the Olivetan Bible.

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