In the beginning God… (Genesis 1)


Above is an image of Genesis, chapter 1, verses 1 to 5 as published by William Tyndale in 1530 in the city of Antwerp.

It is still very close to what we read in modern day English Bibles. The transcript of the text contained in the image is below. The importance of this passage of scripture cannot be overstated since it tells of the creation of our world by God.

Original Spelling

The fyrst boke of Moses called Genesis

The fyrst Chapiter.

In the begynnynge God created
heaven and erth. The erth was voy-
de and emptie / and darcknesse was
vpon the depe / and the spirite of
god moved vpon the water

Than God sayd: let there be lyghte and the-
re was lyghte. And God sawe the lyghte that it
was good: and devyded the lyghte from the darck-
nesse / and called the lyghte daye / and the darck-
nesse nyghte: and so of the evenynge and mor-
nynge was made the fyrst daye

Modern Spelling

The first book of Moses called Genesis

The first Chapter.

In the beginning God created
heaven and earth. The earth was void
and empty, and darkness was
upon the deep, and the spirit of
God moved upon the water.

Then God said: let there be light and there
was light. And God saw the light that it
was good: and divided the light from the darkness
and called the light day, and the darkness
night: and so of the evening and morning
was made the first day

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