William Tyndale's seminal contribution to the development of the Bible in English is now universally recognized. Translating directly from the Hebrew and Greek scriptures, he produced a text of enduring quality that became the foundation of successive Bible translations in English from the 16th century to the present day.
This edition was originally produced for the Royal Society of Literature to commemorate the four hundredth anniversary of Tyndale's martyrdom. It presents his 1534 revision of the New Testament, incorporating his prefaces and notes, and it includes the variants from his original 1525 edition, with an introduction by Isaac Foot that describes both the huge religious and cultural impact of this text and the importance of the revisions Tyndale made to his own works: 'If Tyndale had not lived to revise some passages, we might never have had in our English speech some cadences which are dearest in our memory'.
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