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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5 thoughts on “Tyndale’s Pentateuch

  1. Is the photo scan on archieve.org really the best scan on the original book avaiable?
    To touch up/photo edit for black splotching, and cut off words etc…to make it worth of printing… it’s like wow! Was whomever scanned this at whatever library were they like an atheist and didn’t care if it was a cruddy scan! Seriously!!

    I appericate any direction you may send me on my pursuit of spiritual truth.

    Thank you


    1. Hello Michael, Glad you find this photo scan of Tyndale’s Pentateuch to be an important document, too. I am not sure of the source document or who scanned it. It does have quite a few splotches but considering what it is that is understandable. This was a forbidden copy of English scripture. I’m sure many were destroyed by authorities. That is exists at all, is amazing to me. I don’t know if other copies exist, but Gutenberg.org did the Genesis portion (and intro) as a free ebook. It can be viewed on the Gutenberg website in HTML format too. Someone on Amazon has printed this in paperback, too. Thanks for your question. I will try to provide links to some of the items I mentioned.


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