The New Matthew Bible (NMB) is a gentle update of a little-known but important Reformation Bible, the Matthew Bible. It is not a new translation. The chief editor is Ruth Magnusson Davis, a scholar of Early Modern English, who founded the New Matthew Bible Project in 2009. The NMB New Testament was published in 2016 under the name “The October Testament.” Work on the Old Testament is ongoing.
The Matthew Bible, also known as Matthew's Version, was published in 1537 by John Rogers under the pseudonym “Thomas Matthew.” It contained the New Testament translated by William Tyndale, and as much of the Old Testament as he completed before he was captured and executed. The balance of the Old Testament and the Apocrypha were Myles Coverdale's translations, chiefly from German sources, except that Rogers translated the Prayer of Mannaseh. Henry VIII licensed the Matthew Bible for use in England.
After Queen Mary came to the throne, she sought out the men who had been involved in the publication of the English Bible. Rogers was captured, and in 1555 became Mary’s first burning victim; thus he and William Tyndale sealed their work with their blood. The Matthew Bible is the only English Bible bought with blood.
Few are aware that the Matthew Bible formed the base of the Great Bible and King James Version, but people will recognize the familiar language. Davis, working from an original, rag-paper 1549 reprint, has guarded the historic language, with careful attention to grammar and linguistics in order to make it understandable for today.
Davis has also written the world’s only history of Matthew’s Version, titled “The Story of the Matthew Bible,” in two volumes.
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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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