Tyndale’s Pentateuch

Front Page of Tyndale’s Genesis

I was excited this week to receive a book in the mail. The book is the photographic scan of the entire Pentateuch (first five books of the Old Testament) as published by William Tyndale in 1530. It is an impressive book but surprisingly small in size, less than 6 inches by 4 inches. You can see this for yourself in the image above by comparing the book to the 6 inch ruler beside it. It is an extremely rare book so I am very thankful it has been photographically scanned and freely downloadable at this link as a PDF document.

Tyndale’s Pentateuch at the Internet Archive


I just had to pay to print the PDF document.

The PDF document contains Tyndale’s prologues to each individual book (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers & Deuteronomy), too.

This book is a treasure since it is the very roots of our Bible in English. Tyndale suffered much to bring us this treasure. He was captured, and imprisoned in 1535 and executed in 1536.

The Modern Spelling edition of this 1530 Pentateuch is contained in David Daniel’s book entitled “Tyndale’s Old Testament” available in our Store. There is something very profound in seeing the document as it was originally printed though. I own David Daniell’s book, too, and it is convenient to read in the modern spelling. One other thing I like is David Daniell’s excellent introduction regarding how important William Tyndale’s Bible translation work in the Old Testament is.


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