The Story of the Matthew Bible: Part 1, That Which We First Received
Author: Ruth Magnusson Davis
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The Story of the Matthew Bible: That Which We First Received, tells the untold history of the Matthew Bible and the Scriptures that formed the basis of the King James Version. It is the first book ever written about this great work, the only English bible that was bought with blood.
Part 1 is a moving account of the dramatic history of the Matthew Bible, first published in Antwerp in 1537, and the three men who made it: William Tyndale, Myles Coverdale, and John Rogers. Davis describes how the Matthew Bible was brought over to England and successfully licensed for use in the Church, even though the work of William Tyndale had been outlawed in England. She tells the touching stories of Thomas Cranmer and Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII's chief ministers, who were responsible for obtaining the king's authority to license the Matthew Bible for use in the Church.
Davis also investigates conflicting historical accounts concerning the Matthew Bible and the relations of Tyndale, Coverdale, and Rogers. Did the three men work together in Antwerp, or not? The answer is yes, they worked together, and Davis shows how this came to be. She also considers the claim that Coverdale never left English soil, as some historians say, but made his own Bible of 1535 while safely remaining in England. This is not true: he was forced to flee religious persecution in England not once, nor twice, but for three periods of exile. Davis also successfully refutes the claims of Rogers' biographer J. Chester that Coverdale was an envious rival of John Rogers. This is also not true: the two men were brethren in the faith and fighting for the same cause: an English Bible. It was with a good will that Coverdale allowed Rogers to use about half of his Old Testament translation in the Matthew Bible, as well as his Apocryphal translations.
This book will appeal to readers at all levels. Passionate, lively, well-sourced, illustrated, it refers frequently to original (and often little-known) documents, so readers may be sure they are receiving the true history of the Matthew Bible.
When you reach the last page of The Story of the Matthew Bible, you will have a much deeper understanding of the origins and history of the English bible and the men who gave it to us - men who gave their lives in the Reformation, for our sakes, so that we could have the light of God's word.
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