The English Bible

When Paul told Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:16 that all Scripture is God-breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, cor- recting, and training in right- eousness, he was affirming the trustworthiness of Scripture. The English Bible you hold in your hand contains all that you need to live a life pleasing to God and to know His will. You can trust that Scripture reveals God’s will in every area so that you can “walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called” (Ephesians 4:1).Read More

Tyndale's bible

Matthew's Bible

article thumbnailTwo years before William Tyndale was martyred, he providentially met an Orthodox Catholic priest named John Rogers. The two became good friends and Rogers came to faith in Christ shortly after. In may of 1535, William Tyndale was arrested and his property confiscated. Incredibly, Tyndale's translation work was not taken but transferred safely to the possession of John Rogers, who would finish the work of Tyndale in 1537 under the pseudonym, "Thomas Matthew." Rogers printed the initials "WT" at the end of Malachi to honour his martyred friend. John Rogers was put to death in 1555. He saw his youngest child for the first time just before he was burned at the stake. Rogers was the first of many Protestants martyred at the hands of Bloody Mary.

The Great Bible

article thumbnailKnown by several different names, the Great Bible, or the Whitchurch Bible, was the only English Bible to be authorized by the crown. King Henry VIII commissioned the scholar Myles Coverdale, and chief minister Thomas Cromwell, to supervise its creation for use in the Church of England. The Great Bible was basically an edition of the Matthew Bible without Tyndale's notes. It was published in 1539 and dubbed "Great" because of its large format. The people of England were so hungry for God's Word that clergy had to chain the Great Bible to church lecterns in order to prevent theft. Eventually King Henry grew concerned about the consequences of allowing the lower classes to read the Bible and later placed restrictions on its editions and uses. The Great Bible. Ws printed continuously, until Bloody Mary's accession to the throne in 1553.

Bishop's Bible

article thumbnailBishop's Bible THe Bishops Bible was produced by Archbishop Matthew Parher in 1568, substantially revised in 1572, and prescribed as the base text for the 1611 King James Bible. Parkers intention was to curb the spread of the popular Geneva Bible duee to its incendiary notes against the Catholic Church. The Bishop's Bible is significant, but it is almost universally considered a bad translation. Parkers scholarly mind was more proficient in Latin than in English, resulting in poorly constructed prose. "God is my shepherd, therefore I can lack nothing. He will cause me to repose myself in pasture full of grass, and he will lead me unto calm waters." Archbishop Parker may not have brought us poetry, but the Bishop's Bible helped pave the way for the most influential translation in history.