Hendrickson Bible Publishers offers a well-crafted facsimile of the 1537 Matthew’s Bible. It is a fascinating look into Christian history 500 years ago.
In 1537, John Rogers combined William Tyndale’s New Testament (1526) and Myles Coverdale’s Bible (1535) and added some of his own translation to create the Matthew’s Bible. It was the first complete English Bible.
S. John 3:16
For God fo loueth the worlde / that he hath geue his only fonne / that none that beleue in him / fhulde perifhe:but fhulde have euerlaftyng lyfe.
S. James 1:27
Pure deuocyon and vndefyled before God y father / is this:to v the vifyt the faderleue and widdowes in their aduerfte / and to kepe hymfelfe vnfpotted of the worlde.
English was still emerging as a language and much more crude in 1537, so readers can expect to be challenged while reading it. However, the calligraphy, illustrations, and drop cap letters are quite beautiful, which makes the overall reading experience challenging yet enjoyable.
The 1537 Matthews Bible features Smyth-sewn binding with a stiff black genuine leather cover.
I am particularly fond of the paper which is nice off-white color with gold gilded edges and thicker than standard Bible paper yet still translucent. A course, woven black ribbon marker is included.
The Matthews Bible also includes a brief guide to key verses, and this edition features an introduction to this translation by Joseph W. Johnson.
Translation: The Matthews Bible
Publisher: Hendrickson Bible Publishers (2009)
Cover: genuine leather (black)
Binding: Smyth-sewn with 1 black ribbon marker
Pages: 1,116 pages with gold gilded edges
Type: black calligraphy
Dimensions: 10.9″ x 8.1″ x 2.1″
Special Features: original facsimile copy of the Matthew Bible’s text, art, and resources