Love it. Hoping for a facsimile 1568 Bishop's Bible too!
August 22, 2014
I own the facsimile 1537 Matthew's Bible and the 1560 Geneva Bible (both in genuine black "leather"). I am very pleased with both of them. The font in the Matthew's Bible is called "black letter" (not "Gothic" as described by other reviewers) so it's a little harder to get used to than the more familiar Roman font in the 1560 Geneva. Regardless, once your eyes get used to it (which happens very quickly) you can read it quite easily.
I am hoping and praying that Hendrickson will publish a similar facsimile of the 1568 Bishop's Bible. I think many other people are longing for the same and would purchase a copy just as soon as one is available--I know I would.
I bought this bible after I obtained a 1611 KJV, I learned the modern translations were corrupted. I want to compare that with this Matthews bible. The font is Gothic and the language is old English. Not just thees and thous but words like heauenm and is a + and s are l. Old English is not hard to read and it does not take 3 PHDS in Linguistics to grasp the old English. In fact the English we know today is derived from O English.
O English is more efficient than the numbed down English we now use. I found a page online that explains how to read OE and it is not hard to do. I spent a few hours and I can read most of this fluent now.
Its great! You can not skip words and read a chapter in minutes. Your forced to think and its great!
I have found a difference from KJV and Matthews already. In Genesis God refers to the gathering of waters as seas and in MB it is ICE!
The word Giants is not found in this bible, it is actually Tyrants.
Deuteronomy 6 4 KJV, Hear oh Israel the Lord our God is one LORD.
Correctly translated in Matthews bible is
Hear Israel the Lord thy God is LORD only.
I look fore ward to mulling over this MB.
The book is beautifully bound and the print is clear.
I love reading the origins of Gods word and as it should be!
KJV 1611 is great and the new versions are distorted.
Personally I believe the reasons these new bibles are destroyed is because of mans pride.
His intelligence in language.
I know about the Alexandrian Manuscripts playing a roll in destruction but I can see words changing based on "Intelligence" all the while the integrity of the word is destroyed all for some guys who think "I know better".
I encourage all Nazarenes! Christians alike to buy this book.
Learn the ways of old and embrace the beauty of his word.
This is easily one of the best facsimiles of an older Bible version that I have ever seen. This is much more than a simple copying of the original material, but is, instead, a very careful reproduction of the original. Further, this edition of the Matthew's Bible does include the original (to the Reformer's) prologue to the epistle to the Romans, which is a historical treasure in itself. I highly recommend this Bible for anyone interested in studying early Bible translations (into English) or who is trying to study the Reformation via first-hand materials.
This is a beautiful Bible. The price is excellent. As of my order, the price was discounted heavily.
If you buy this Bible, you should be ready to learn Olde English grammar, otherwise you might be disappointed. It is not very difficult, but some might find it so. I think my High School and College English teachers would be proud of my purchase. If your adventurous-GO FOR IT!
I had bought this for my wife, as she loves Biblical history and is a studier of divinity. She truly enjoyed the presentation and the craftsmanship put into restoring this work. I highly recommend for anyone.