The Four Gospels

A Translation in Verse

Kalmia Bittleston

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  • A lyrical yet accurate translation of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John
  • Written in a unique verse style which helps readers understand the structure and meaning of the text
  • Brings together four separate translations that were previously published separately
  • Kalmia Bittleston was an experienced Christian Community priest

An alternative translation in lyrical verse of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

234 x 156 mm
Floris Books
Religion & Spirituality
592 pages
Publication date:
22 Jun 2023
2nd edition


The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John have been translated many times into many languages. Kalmia Bittleston, an ordained priest of the Christian Community, spent the last ten years of her life translating the classic texts from the original Greek. But hers is a different kind of translation: at once lyrical and down-to-earth, she adopted a unique verse style which she felt would best convey the meaning and structure of the Gospels.

The familiar words are brought afresh to the reader in this clear and direct rendering. Previously published as separate books, her translations are here brought together in one comprehensive volume.


'The translation is both lyrical and precise. The simple verse format creates a certain rhythm, all the more so if read aloud. The translator aims to bring the words to life in the heart, rather than an absorption through the head. In this way a deeper understanding can be achieved and the words can reverberate into the life of the reader.'
-- Scientific and Medical Network Review


Kalmia Bittleston (1909-1989) was born in South Africa. She trained for priesthood in The Christian Community during the Second World War and was ordained in 1944. She worked as a priest in Leeds and London, England.

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