Bible. Tamil. 1840. The Holy Bible Containing the Old and New Testaments in the Tamil Language = Cattiyavetam ... palaiya erpatum putiya erpatum atanakiyirukkinaran. Madras: Printed for the Madras Auxiliary Bible Society, at the American Mission Press, 1840. 10 pts., only part 2 paged; 22 cm. [OLD DIV 307 Tamil 1840]
Although the New Testament was first translated and published in Tamil (a major language of South India) in 1715 (parts of the Old Testament soon followed), this is the first edition of the Tamil Bible complete in one volume. It uses the Old Testament translation of J. P. Fabricius of the S.P.C.K. (Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge) mission in Madras and the New Testament translation prepared by C. T. E. Rhenius of the C.M.S. (Church Missionary Society) mission in Madras and Tinnevelly.