The October Testament:The New Testament of the New Matthew (Hardcover)
by William Tyndale, John Rogers, Ruth Davis
Tyndale's New Testament for the 21st Century: This is Tyndale's New Testament as it was published in the 1549 Matthew Bible, complete with the notes and commentaries of that Reformation Bible, and all gently updated by Ruth Magnusson Davis. This is the only 'modern' bible which is not. It maintains the historic language and enduring doctrine of the faith.
This second edition was printed by WND because of overwhelming consumer demand for the limited first printing.
“When I first read the October Testament, my expectations were not high,” said Joseph Farah, founder and chief executive officer of WND.com. “But I was wrong. What I found was a translation similar to my favorite King James Version, yet different in many ways – ways that add a freshness to the scriptures rarely achieved in any other of the many translations I have studied. It’s a triumph and a vital collection for any Bible student or collector.”
The primary author of the October Testament is the English martyr William Tyndale. This is his final New Testament translation of 1535. Two years later, his friend John Rogers first published these scriptures in a little-known but very important Reformation Bible called the Matthew Bible, which became the first authorized English Bible under King Henry VIII. A second edition was published in 1549, from which this update is made. Rogers was martyred in 1555, burned at the stake in Smithfield, England. The wine-colored cover, therefore, is symbolic of the blood with which this bible was bought. Ruth Magnusson Davis is founder and editor of the New Matthew Bible Project. Her work is to update the Matthew Bible: not to make a modern bible, but to keep the language of the original as much as possible, which she calls the real language of the faith. Because the KJV New Testament was largely taken from Tyndale, readers will find much that is familiar here, and beautiful, but will find it easier to understand than the KJV. Ruth, a retired lawyer, is a scholar of early modern English, the writings of William Tyndale, and the Matthew Bible. In 2009 she retired from professional practice in order to undertake this work full-time. In October 2015, she completed the New Testament, "The October Testament." Then she began work on the interior layout and attending to all the details of publishing. In March 2016 the October Testament finally became available for sale, and was immediately well received. Ruth's fine editorial hand is almost unnoticeable. Tyndale continues to shine through. Rogers' style in his annotations is distinctly his. Readers comment repeatedly on both the flow and the clarity of the New Matthew Bible scriptures, and also on the beauty of the original style, which Ruth, with her delicate touch, has masterfully retained.
- Hardcover: 434 pages
- Publisher: Baruch House Publishing
- Publication Date: April 6, 2016
- Edition: Second
- ISBN-13: 978-0-994922700
- Dimensions: 7 x 8.5 x 1 inches