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

https://archive.org/details/ThePentateuch

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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Tyndale’s 1525 – Gospel of Matthew

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The oldest known portion of the published Bible translation work of William Tyndale is what is commonly known as the 1525 Matthew Fragment or the 1525 Cologne Fragment (because it was printed in Cologne, Germany).

It contains Tyndale’s brief introduction and the Gospel of Matthew up to chapter 22 verse 12.

Today I am sharing a portion of the Sermon on the Mount from the 1525 Matthew Fragment. It contains Matthew 5:43 through Matthew 6:4.

You can see the original portion of this scripture in the image above. Below is the transcription of the verses in their original spelling. I have added the chapter and verse notations for ease of comparison, but keep in mind that no English Bible had verse notations until the 1557 Geneva New Testament.

ORIGINAL SPELLING

Gospel of Matthew 5:43-48

5:43 Ye have herde howe it is saide: thou shalt love thyne negh-
bour/ and hate thyne enemy. 5:44 But y saye unto you/ love youre
enemies. Blesse them that cursse you. Doo good to them that
hate you/ Praye for them which doo you wronge/ and persecu-
te you/ 5:45 that ye maye be the chyldren of youre hevenly father:
for he maketh his sunne to aryse/ on the evle/ and on the good/
and sendeth his reyne on the iuste and on the oniuste. 5:46 for if ye
shall love them/ which love you: what rewarde shall ye ha-
ve? Doo not the *publicans even so? 5:47 And if ye be frendly to you-
re brethren only: what singuler thynge doo ye? Doo not the pu-
blicans lyke wyse? 5:48 Ye shall therfore be perfecte / even as youre
hevenly father is perfect.

MARGINAL NOTE:
*Publicans gaddred rentes/ toll/ custume/ & tribute for the romans/
& were commenly hethen(?) men ther vn to appointed of the romans.

Gospel of Matthew 6:1-4

The Syxt Chapter

6:1 Take hede to youre almes. th-at ye geve it not in the syght of men/ to the intent that ye wolde be sene of them. Or ellse ye gett no rewarde of youre father in heven. 6:2 Whensoever therfore thou
gevest thyne almes/ thou shalt not make a trompet to be blo-wen before the/ as the ypocryttes do in the synagoges/ and in the stretes/ for to be praysed of men. Veryly I say unto you/ they have there rewarde. 6:3 But when thou doest thyne almes/ lett not thy lyfte hond knowe/ what thy right hond doth/ 6:4 that thyne al-mes maye be secrete/ and thy father which seith in secrete/ shall
rewarde the openly.

Now I will give the MODERN SPELLING of these verses.

MODERN SPELLING

Gospel of Matthew 5:43-48

5:43 Ye have heard how it is said: thou shalt love thine neighbor, and hate thine enemy. 5:44 But I say unto you, love your
enemies. Bless them that curse you. Do good to them that hate you. Pray for them which do you wrong, and persecute you, 5:45 that ye may be the children of your heavenly father:
for he maketh his sun to arise, on the evil, and on the good, and sendeth his rain on the just and on the unjust. 5:46 For if ye shall love them, which love you: what reward shall ye have? Do not the *publicans even so? 5:47 And if ye be friendly to your brethren only: what singular thing do ye? Do not the publicans likewise? 5:48 Ye shall therefore be perfect, even as your heavenly father is perfect.

MARGINAL NOTE:
*Publicans gathered rents/ toll/ custom/ & tribute for the Romans/ & were commonly heathen(?) men there unto appointed of the Romans.

Gospel of Matthew 6:1-4

The Sixth Chapter

6:1 Take heed to your alms. that ye give it not in the sight of men, to the intent
that ye would be seen of them. Or else ye get no
reward of your father in heaven. 6:2 Whensoever therefore thou givest thine alms, thou shalt not make a trumpet to be blown before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagoges, and in
the streets, for to be praised of men. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward. 6:3 But when thou doest thine alms, let not
thy left hand know, what thy right hand doeth, 6:4 that thine alms may be secret, and thy father which seeth in secret, shall
reward the openly.

Published on Monday, September 3, 2018

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Jonah 1:1-6 – Parallel Edition with Original & Modern Spelling

Image of Jonah 1:1-6 as translated by William Tyndale

Scroll down to see the ORIGINAL and MODERN SPELLING translations of the verses shown on the image above. The image shows the Book of Jonah as published by William Tyndale around 1530 or 1531.

ORIGINAL SPELLING OF TYNDALE’S BIBLE TRANSLATION:

BOOK OF JONAH 1:1-6

¶The Storie of the prophete Jonas.
The first Chapter.

1:1 ¶ The worde of the lorde came un to the prophete Jonas the sonne of Amithai sayenge: 1:2 ryse & gett the to Nineve that greate citie & preach un to them / how that theyr wekednesse is come upp before me.

1:3 ¶ And Jonas made him ready to fle to Tharsis from the presens of the lorde / & gatt hym downe to Ioppe / and founde there a sheppe ready to goo to Tharsis / & payed his fare / & went aborde / to goo with them to Tharsis from the presens of the lorde.

1:4 ¶ But the lorde hurled a greate winde into the se / so that there was a myghtie tempest in the se: in so moch that the shepp was lyke to goo in peces. 1:5 And the mariners were afrayed & cried every man un to his god, & cast out the goodes that were in the sheppe in to the
se / to lighten it of them. But Jonas gatt him under the hatches & layed him downe and slombrede.
1:6 And the master of the sheppe came to him & sayd un to him / why slomberest thou? upp / & call un to thy god / that God maye thinke on us / that we perish not.

  MODERN SPELLING OF TYNDALE’S BIBLE TRANSLATION:

BOOK OF JONAH 1:1-6

¶The Story of the Prophet Jonah
The First Chapter

1:1 ¶ The word of the Lord came unto the prophet Jonah the son of Amittai saying: 1:2 rise & get thee to Nineveh that great city & preach unto them, how that their wickedness is come up before me.

1:3 ¶ And Jonah made him ready to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord, & gat him down to Joppa, and found there a ship ready to go to Tarshish, & paid his fare, & went aboard, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.

1:4 ¶ But the Lord hurled a great wind into the sea, so that there was a mighty tempest in the sea: insomuch that the ship was like to go in pieces. 1:5 And the mariners were afraid & cried every man unto his god, & cast out the goods that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah gat him under the hatches & laid him down and slumbered. 1:6 And the master of the ship came to him & said unto him, Why slumberest thou? Up, & call unto thy God, that God may think on us, that we perish not.

Original & Modern Spelling is Copyright 2018 by BEFORE the King James Bible Company, LLC

Published on Saturday, September 1, 2018

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Master Save Me (Matthew 14:28-33)

Listen to the audio of these verses:

Matthew-Jesus-walks-on-water-Peter-Aug-6-2018-with-transcript

This is a portion of the Gospel of Matthew as published in the 1526 Tyndale New Testament. I have included a screenshot of the original page as it is found at archive.org with my transcription of the text under the original blackletter script. Modern day spelling of words which may not be recognizable are enclosed in parentheses. For example, where the original has “shyppe,” I have transcribed “shyppe(ship).”

Matthew 14:28-33

14:28 Peter answered, and sayde (said): master, and
thou be he, bidde (bid) me come vnto (unto) the (thee)
on the water.
14:29 and he sayde (said) come. And when Peter was
come doune (down) out of the shyppe (ship), he
walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
14:30 But when he sawe (saw) a myghty (mighty)
winde (wind), he was afrayed (afraid). And as he
began to synke (sink), he cry-ed (cried) sayinge
(saying): master save me.
14:31 And immediatly (immediately) Je-sus (Jesus)
stretched forth his honde (hand), and caught him, and
saide (said) to hym (him): O thou of lytell (little)
fayth (faith): wherfore (wherefore) diddest (didst)
thou dout (doubt)?
14:32 And as soone (soon) as they were come
in to (into) the shippe (ship), the winde (wind)
ceassed (ceased).
14:33 Then they that were in the shippe (ship)
cam (came) and worshypped (worshipped) him,
sayinge (saying): of a truth thou arte (art) the
sonne (son) off (of) God.

Does this help those of you unfamiliar with blackletter script to be able to read from the original 1526 Tyndale New Testament?

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Video Series – Readings from William Tyndale’s Bible Translations

It is my plan to create a video series dedicated to shedding light on the great debt owed to William Tyndale for his translations of the Bible from Greek and Hebrew into Early Modern English nearly 500 years ago.

It is my hope that English-speaking Bible readers will appreciate the blessing of the Word of God in English much more when they understand the great sacrifices made by William Tyndale and his fellow laborers.

The well-known 1611 King James Bible contains much of William Tyndale’s work almost verbatim (estimated at 80%). The audio readings taken from Tyndale’s Bible translations in this video series will make it plainly clear how much of the 1611 King James Bible is drawn from Tyndale’s work.

During his lifetime, William Tyndale published the entire New Testament twice (in 1526 & 1534), The Pentateuch (i.e. The Five Books of Moses: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers & Deuteronomy) in 1530, The Prophet Jonah in 1531 and a revised Genesis in 1534. Some Tyndale scholars believe he also translated Joshua through 2nd Chronicles as published in the Matthew Bible of 1537.

William Tyndale was arrested in 1535 and held in prison for over 500 days. In 1536 he was strangled and burned at the stake outside Brussels.

At the time he translated the Bible into English, it was illegal to do so in England. He left England around 1524 to do his translation work in Germany and Antwerp, Belgium between 1525 and 1535.

The pocket-sized Bible translations he published were smuggled back into England even though those who owned them were also under the same threat of death which Tyndale suffered.

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The British Library paid over one million pounds in 1994 for an original copy of the 1526 New Testament. A facsimile (digital photocopy) of this same New Testament is available in our store — for a very reasonable price.

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One example, you can rent or purchase via streaming the “Man with a Mission” documentary which features Tyndale scholar, David Daniell. It is very low cost, but quite an interesting video.

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RESIST the devil … (James 4:7)

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RESIST the devil…

It is such a simple statement yet a very powerful one and God has included much more in these few verses to guide us.

However, having done these things, we can be confident that if we: RESIST the devil…he will FLY from us.

James 4:7-10 (William Tyndale’s New Testament, 1534)

MODERN SPELLING

James 4:7 Submit yourselves to God and resist the devil and he will fly from you.

James 4:8 Draw nigh to God and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands ye sinners and purge your hearts ye wavering minded.

James 4:9 Suffer afflictions: sorrow ye and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to heaviness.

James 4:10 Cast down yourselves before the Lord and he shall lift you up.

Same verses from the King James Bible:

James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God: resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

James 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you: cleanse your hands ye sinners, and purify your hearts ye double minded.

James 4:9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.

James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

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The British Library paid over one million pounds in 1994 for an original copy of the 1526 New Testament. A facsimile (digital photocopy) of this same New Testament is available in our store — for a very reasonable price.

The Tyndale New Testament, 1526 Edition

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One example, you can rent or purchase via streaming the “Man with a Mission” documentary which features Tyndale scholar, David Daniell. It is very low cost, but quite an interesting video.

088410: Man with a Mission: William Tyndale--DVD

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Jesus Has the Words of Eternal Life (John 6:68)

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John 6:66-68 (Tyndale’s New Testament, 1534)

[66] From that time many of his disciples went back and walked no more with him.

[67] Then said Jesus to the twelve: will ye also go away?

[68] Then Simon Peter answered: Master to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life…

The King James Bible, published nearly 80 years after Tyndale’s 1534 translation, is almost identical.

This is one of my favorite passages in the New Testament. It contains so many important things in a few short verses.

What if Jesus ask me directly: “Will you also go away?”

I hope my answer would be as decisive as Simon Peter’s: “Master, to whom shall I go? You have the words of eternal life.”

Speaking of “the words of eternal life” which Jesus has, this is why it is so important that we try to read from the Bible every day. This is where we will read these “words of eternal life.”

I had mentioned a few days ago about a Bible reading plan I am using. Below you will find more information about it.

Professor Grant Horner’s Bible Reading Plan

I enjoy this Bible reading plan because I like to read in both the Old Testament and the New Testament portions of the Bible every day. This plan has you reading six (6) chapters from the Old Testament and four (4) chapters from the New Testament but the reading is from ten (10) different books. Plus, let’s face it, some books of the Bible are harder than others to understand. If I only have to read one (1) chapter at a time, it helps me not get discouraged and continue with my daily reading.

Below you can see what Days 1 through 5 would look like with this reading plan.

Day 1 – Matt 1; Gen 1; Rom 1; 1 Th 1; Job 1; Ps 1; Prv 1; Josh 1; Isa 1; Acts 1

Day 2 – Matt 2; Gen 2; Rom 2; 1 Th 2; Job 2; Ps 2; Prv 2; Josh 2; Isa 2; Acts 2

Day 3 – Matt 3; Gen 3; Rom 3; 1 Th 3; Job 3; Ps 3; Prv 3; Josh 3; Isa 3; Acts 3

Day 4 – Matt 4; Gen 4; Rom 4; 1 Th 4; Job 4; Ps 4; Prv 4; Josh 4; Isa 4; Acts 4

Day 5 – Matt 5; Gen 5; Rom 5; 1 Th 5; Job 5; Ps 5; Prv 5; Josh 5; Isa 5; Acts 5

I copied Days 1 though Day 5 from the Bible Study Tools website below:

www.biblestudytools.com/bible-reading-plan/prof-horners-reading-system.html

Here is a PDF document with Professor Horner’s own detailed instructions and bookmarks you can use to follow his plan. Click the link to download it from this website.

I personally don’t like using the bookmarks. I prefer instead to print out something like the Day 1 through 5 schedule shown above on to a sheet of paper that I can check off as I finish each chapter. It gives me a sense of accomplishment and I can see what I have already read and what is coming up.

Also, don’t get upset with yourself if you don’t read ten (10) chapters each day. Just read five (5) chapters or less, but keep track of where you are. If you don’t read any of them one day, just try again the next day.

We can only start with the present and in the present, God would want us to try again to read His Word.

Also, I wanted to mention that it is also helpful to use an audio Bible if you have one. There are many available for free on the internet at places like Bible Gateway and YouVersion. When I use an audio Bible, I try to follow along in my physical Bible, if I can. If I am especially tired and struggling to keep my eyes open, I will close my eyes and just listen. I love audio Bibles. It is so helpful to hear God’s Word, too.

The longest list (The Prophets) has 250 chapters, so in essence, it would take 250 days to get to every chapter in the Bible, but by that time, you would have read the Gospels three (3) times, the Book of Acts nearly nine (9) times and Proverbs eight (8) times since you read from these books daily. The Old Testament Historic Books list (Joshua through Esther) is 249 chapters.

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If you are curious about owning a William Tyndale Bible, check out our small Store. Orders are fulfilled by Christianbook Distributors located in Peabody, Massachusetts, USA.

The British Library paid over one million pounds in 1994 for an original copy of the 1526 New Testament. A facsimile (digital photocopy) of this same New Testament is available in our store — for a very reasonable price.

The Tyndale New Testament, 1526 Edition

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We have items in the store related to William Tyndale and items related to the King James Bible. Some are very inexpensive.

One example, you can rent or purchase via streaming the “Man with a Mission” documentary which features Tyndale scholar, David Daniell. It is very low cost, but quite an interesting video.

088410: Man with a Mission: William Tyndale--DVD

Man with a Mission: William Tyndale–DVD
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