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The Story of the Matthew Bible: That Which We First Received (Matthew Bible history) Paperback – April 10, 2018
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- Publisher : Ruth Magnusson Davis (April 10, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 286 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0994922752
- ISBN-13 : 978-0994922755
- Item Weight : 11.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.65 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,225,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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While all three translators are given multiple full, meaty, and well-researched chapters, what I especially enjoyed were the chapters related to Myles Coverdale, a man who has been greatly under-appreciated by modern scholarship. Davis has taken the most modern, updated information available on these men and their works, and given us a solid build-up to their combined magnum opus, the Matthew Bible. The book includes many pictures, as well as useful citations and a full bibliography and topical index. Not only does Davis write factual statements ABOUT the Matthew Bible, she also makes solid arguments with examples on WHY it's so great.
After my personal experience of buying and reading through a facsimile of the Matthew Bible many years ago, I can honestly state that it is my favorite translation of God's word. Subsequently, it is a delight that Ruth has come along and written such a terrific book on its history and the martyrs who compiled it. I cannot recommend this book enough. Also, don't forget to check out Ruth's own magnum opus, her modernization of the Matthews Bible New Testament (itself just as great achievement as this book).
In my opinion truly breakthrough scholarship you will to find elsewhere.
All too often, historical accounts tend to be revisionist or, worse, distorted. Reading this account of the translators of the Bible into English during the early reformation has enabled me to quickly, easily, and clearly understand one of the most important pivotal periods in western history.
Two thumbs way up!
For me as a Lutheran, I knew that Luther had played some role in the English Reformation, but only knew so much. Since reading Ruth Magnussen Davis’ book, I now have a fuller understanding. I checked her history of this against Luther’s Works and several histories published by CPH (Concordia) and others and concluded that she has done her homework on the connections between Luther, Barnes, Tyndale & Frith. It was a very satisfying discovery for me.
It also was hard to put down at times. The author clearly has a passion for her topic, she is a traditional Anglican who is fond of Luther and other Reformers.
If you are interested in Reformation history or the history of the English Bible, this is a must-get book to read. It is easy enough to read for the interested layman but also has the citations and detailed bibliography and helps a scholar or seminary student would desire.
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As an ex-Roman Catholic I find myself opposed to ritualism, be it in the form of ceremonies, sacraments and feast days. Nevertheless, I fully appreciate that the early reformers adhered to some of the old ways they had learned from Rome. Whilst I may not agree with the author on the level of Lutheranism, I can without hesitation stand firmly alongside her regarding the sacredness of Scripture.
I own over 200 English Bible versions (full Bibles or New Testament), but it is the King James Bible I believe triumphs over them all. I read the Geneva 1599 too (as a non- Calvinist). The modern versions of the Bible are not too helpful in bring God's Word to us, but the KJV and it's predecessors, take us back to the true understanding of Scripture. I have a copy of the Matthews Bible (available on Amazon), but being a facsimile print, it is not easy to read. I am delighted to learn that Ruth has produced an up-to-date rendering of this, and I look forward to reading it.
This is a well researched history of the events and persons involved in the publishing of the Matthew Bible that played such an important part in the English Reformation. It features the lives of William Tyndale, Myles Coverdale, John Rogers, Thomas Cranmer and Thomas Cromwell and many other less well known figures. It's a vivid and passionate account of these heroes, several of whom paid with their lives to bring the Scriptures in the English language to our nation. There are ample quotations from the laws of England, personal letters, other books and especially the Bible.
The author founded the New Matthew Bible Project in 2009, dedicated to generating a lightly updated Matthew Bible for today's readers.
The New Testament was published in 2016 as "The October Testament". I have a copy of that too.
"The Story of the Matthew Bible" is actually Part 1 of what will be a two part series. Part 2 is in preparation, and will be added to my wish list.
I throughly enjoyed this account which is written in a style that should appeal to both scholars and ordinary readers.
While reading it I became more and more immersed in and able to appreciate the cultural/spiritual atmosphere of that period in the 1500s. My previous studies of Christian history had never given me such a close sense of that atmosphere.
I think because I've suffered spiritual abuse and interpersonal abuse, I was able to somewhat relate to what Tyndale, Coverdale, Rogers, Cromwell and Cranmer had to deal with - the machinations of all the various forces of darkness.