The New Matthew Bible is the only ‘modern’ Bible which is not.
This is the New Testament of William Tyndale, his final revision of 1535, now gently updated. It is not a new translation. It is William Tyndale’s work made understandable for today with the light editorial touch of Ruth Magnusson Davis.
This New Testament was first published in the 1537 Matthew Bible by a friend of Tyndale, his fellow Englishman John Rogers, who also added chapter summaries and commentaries. Rogers’ historic summaries are included here. (Baruch House has published a print version of the New Testament as The October Testament, which also contains the commentaries.)
Few people are aware that the Matthew Bible formed the base of the King James Version, but everyone will recognize the familiar language. Ruth has maintained Tyndale’s beautiful style and guarded the historic language of the faith. She has also been faithful to every detail. For example, ‘tribute’ is not changed to ‘tax,’ as modern Bibles have done in the Gospels and at Romans 13:6.
‘Tribute’ is a special levy paid to a foreign power for protection or as a sign of submission. ‘Tax’ is a more general word and suggests domestic payments. The Jews were required to pay tribute to Rome, a hated conqueror, from whom they hoped Messiah would deliver them. They did not want to hear that they should continue to pay it (Matthew 22:21, Romans 13:7). However, this teaching helps them (and us) understand not only that we should pay all lawful dues, but, more importantly, that the Messiah did not come to win political emancipation for the Jewish people. For his kingdom is not of this world (John 18:36). He is a spiritual redeemer to both Jew and Gentile, and came to win eternal life for everyone who would believe on his name. But this lesson is lost when the words and historical context are altered.
Tyndale’s New Testament informs and feeds the Christian soul with sweet clarity and truth.
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About Baruch House Publishing
Ruth Magnusson Davis founded Baruch House Publishing in 2005 to publish her first book, True to His Ways. In 2009 she founded the New Matthew Bible Project, to focus on increasing awareness of the Matthew Bible, and to update it so that people today may appreciate its fullness and truth. The updated version will be known as the New Matthew Bible or ‘NMB.’
The little-known Matthew Bible was first published in 1537. The work of three men, it includes Tyndale’s New Testament and his Old Testament translation from Genesis through to 2 Chronicles. The rest of the Old Testament and most of the Apocrypha are the work of Myles Coverdale, who translated mainly from Martin Luther’s German Bible; his work therefore has all the clarity and flavour of that great Reformer. Then a third man, John Rogers, compiled Tyndale’s and Coverdale’s translations, added commentaries and study helps, and published the whole under the name ‘Thomas Matthew.’ The reason for the pseudonym was to conceal the involvement of William Tyndale, whose work had been outlawed in England. Rogers’ work became known as the Matthew Bible or Matthew’s version.
Ruth Magnusson Davis is a retired lawyer and student of early modern English and the Reformation. In 2009 she retired from her law practice to devote herself to the New Matthew Bible project. In 2016, the NMB New Testament was published, called The October Testament. It contains not only Tyndale’s New Testament, but also Rogers’ notes and commentaries and Tyndale’s prologues, all gently updated for today.
Also from Baruch House, look for The Story of the Matthew Bible. This is the first book ever devoted just to telling the neglected history of the Matthew Bible and the men who died for it.
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