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The October Testament is the New Testament of the New Matthew Bible. It is the combined work of three people:
William Tyndale, 1535: This is the final New Testament bible translation of William Tyndale as it was taken into the 1537 Matthew Bible. Tyndale completed it just before he was captured and martyred in 1536. Because the King James Version closely followed Tyndale’s translation, readers will find much that is familiar here.
John Rogers, 1537: In 1537, Rogers published Tyndale’s bible translations together with his own commentaries in the little-known but important Matthew Bible. King Henry VIII then licensed it, and the Matthew Bible was authorized for use in the churches.
Ruth Magnusson Davis, 2016: Now, almost 500 years later, Ruth M. Davis has gently updated Tyndale’s and Rogers’ work, guarding the historic language and truth of the faith.
The October Testament also contains Tyndale’s 1534 prologue to Romans (which he drew mainly from Martin Luther), his prologues to the Gospels and selected epistles, and selected passages from the Matthew Bible Old Testament. The introduction by Ruth Magnusson Davis gives a brief history of the Matthew Bible.
Why “October Testament”? The reference to October recalls Martin Luther’s “September Testament.” Also, because the month of October signals that the end of a year is approaching, it is a reminder that the end of the year of our Lord is also approaching.
– Link to sample scriptures
– Link to “reviews”
– Link to “Preface: How Ruth Updated the New Testament”
Version information and to purchase
(See note at end for information about updates to the October Testament)
A note to readers from the editor:
After the first publication in 2016, the October Testament has been periodically emended, mostly to correct minor typos or formatting, but some editorial changes have been made. The copyright page always shows the date of the latest revisions. These revisions are supplied to Bible Gateway and Olive Tree, who carry the New Matthew Bible in their online and bible-app platforms. However, sometimes it takes time for them to catch up, so they are not always up-to-date.