William Tyndale and Thomas Cranmer were peaceful soldiers of the Reformation. But in England in the 1640s, the Puritans led an armed uprising to complete the Reformation (as they said) and build a Church on the Geneva model. Does revolution = reformation?
Tyndale was a humble man. He always wanted to do better and he welcomed sound criticism. But he had a few choice words for men who took his translations, changed them, and then promoted their work as a “diligent correction.”
In the Matthew Bible, certain proverbs stand out for their practical value. In this short series we see some that distinguish the behaviors and attitudes of good and bad people – what they do, how they treat others, and what motivates them. Proverbs 11:23 in the Matthew Bible was uniquely translated by Myles Coverdale. See the fascinating history of the revisions of this proverb.
This is Cranmer’s homily on common prayer and the sacraments, first published in the mid 1550s, and now gently updated. Article 35 of the Articles of Religion requires this homily (along with others) to be read regularly in the churches — “diligently and distinctly, that they may be understanded of the people.” However this is
For two years now I have been sharing comparisons of Old Testament translations on social media, especially the Proverbs. Quite often people respond with the question, “What does the Hebrew say?” They have before them several renowned translations, including the Matthew and Geneva Bibles, the KJV, and the NIV, but feel compelled to ask what
Reading Luke chapter 3 today, it struck me that much in that chapter is an answer to Zionism. John the Baptist begins by teaching the people who are and who are not the true children of Abraham. He warns them not to consider themselves as such, but to understand that God is of power to
The Matthew Bible teaches that the man who sows wickedness will be plagued; that is, he will reap sorrow and troubles and will be destroyed. Other Bibles bring a different message …
In the Matthew Bible, good and evil are done by people. In the Geneva Bible, labour and revenues are personified as agents of good or evil. The meaning continued to change, until in the NIV and the Message sin is earned by people, not done by them. A very different thing.
The historical details of the gospel stories matter. To fudge them, lose them, or distort them, changes the message of the Bible and takes away from God’s word. New Testament teaching about the payment of tribute is such a detail. It has symbolic significance. ‘Tribute’ is not tax, but some modern translators have changed it
Exodus 21:7-11 prescribes rules for the treatment of Hebrew girls or young women sold into indentured service by their fathers. Aside from financial considerations, it appears ancient fathers had good reason to do this: it was a way to find a husband for their daughters. In Exodus we learn that during a girl’s term of