The Matthews Bible—But Who Was Matthews?
Today we take for granted hearing the words of the English Bible, but in the 16th century, it was illegal to translate or even own an English Bible!
Three men dared to defy the edict to translate into English what became known as the Matthews Bible: William Tyndale, John Rogers, and Miles Coverdale.
Tyndale was ultimately put to death.
John Rogers took up Tyndale’s task, and compiled Tyndale’s English translation of the New Testament with Coverdale’s translation of most of the Old Testament.
When this English Bible was published in 1537, the attribution read: “translated by. . .Thomas Matthews"?
Historians conclude it was likely a pseudonym for Tyndale—his name still far too dangerous in 1537 when the version was completed.
Engage with the Bible—this Book for which many have died to preserve!