The Hope of the Faithful is the first book in our Coverdale Book series.
First published c. 1550, Hope of the Faithful was Myles Coverdale’s translation of a German treatise. It sets forth the traditional doctrine of heaven and hell. Coverdale published it to, as he said, refute those who deny that there is an eternal life and an eternal damnation. Our edition is a facsimile of the 1846 Parker Society reprint, which was in modern spelling and contained helpful notes.
This edition also comes with an appendix by Ruth Magnusson Davis showing how, since the Reformation, new Bible translations weaken or deny the traditional doctrine. Especially, the 1894 Revised Version (RV) used the new transliterations “Sheol” and “Hades” to change teaching. Notes in the RV even say that Isaac and the patriarchs are in Hades, and not in heaven with God as tradition holds. A comparison of Bible translations and notes demonstrates how the Matthew Bible upheld foundational doctrine, while later versions did not.
Coverdale would be pleased to see his work brought to light again for the very purpose he first gave it to us: to refute the deniers, and also to clearly teach the mystery of the eternal life that Christ won for us by his death, resurrection, and ascension into heaven.