When the Geneva Puritans revised the Bible, they made changes that concerned the prophecies of the Messiah. Here is just one surprising example.
On January 30, 1649, the revolutionary Oliver Cromwell, working with his rebel parliament, beheaded King Charles I in England. Cromwell styled himself a “Puritan Moses,” and believed he was guided by the finger of God. He was also known as the “General of the Parliament.”
To my knowledge, this is the only place on the internet where you can read the Puritan dedication to Queen Elizabeth from the 1560 Geneva Bible. This forgotten document gives insight into the teaching of the early Puritans, who considered themselves “God’s mouth,” and prophets called to restore the Church.
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 …