What a privilege to hold a reprint of one of the most influential early English translations of Scripture in my hands! 100% delighted. I don't mind the text being in black and white at all, as I didn't purchase it to be my everyday reading Bible, but to examine a reproduction of one of the true spiritual masterpieces of English literature. I also have reprints of Tynedale's New Testament, the Geneva Bible, and the first edition of the KJV, which I hold in equal esteem.
I have always liked to compare the different English translations when I do my Bible reading and research. This is a great addition to my growing collection. I have facsimiles of Tyndale's NT, 1611 KJV first edition, the 1599 Geneva Bible and several modern versions. I'm still learning the old English, but get the jest of what is written. Have noticed they all say pretty much the same thing. It has strengthened my faith in God's unchanging word through the ages and has made me realize and feel sorry for those who fight over words (2 Tim. 2:14) or say one translation is corrupt over another, when in fact they are missing the beauty and message of God's word. They need to read "An Intro to the New Testament Manuscripts and Their Texts" to get the story behind the history of translating and be more objective in their thinking.
Upon receiving the 1537 Matthews Bible i was very pleased with the construction and the clear print. Having had time to study this further i find it harder to put down each time i read it. A real jewel to my bible collection and i'm a very happy shopper. Thank you Christianbook for a great deal on a great bible
I ordered my 1537 Matthews facsimile in Dec 2012 in an effort to semi-retire my 400 year old Geneva which had been my only Bible. The 1537 facsimile arrived a couple days before Christmas and I was so pleased that I pencilled in my initials and the date on the blank facing the NT (a common spot for inscriptions in old bibles), not daring to use ink because the paper is rather thin. I first used it during Christmas Eve service that year, only having a little difficulty finding my place without verses. The only issues I've found in my copy are a bit of overflow glue at the bottom of the spine, a small anomaly in the gilding along the fore-edge, and the first page of Psalms is not clearly printed but one can see the pixels. Overall it's fantastic. I don't have to worry about its condition in use (as opposed to my old 1607 Geneva in early leather), and yet I still get something of the historic fix I need to enjoy anything.
I agree with the previous reviewer re: a facsimile of the Bishop's Bible. It's just what Hendrickson's line of early English Bible facsimiles needs. There were other English bibles that could also be reprinted, but the Bishop's Bible would be especially refreshing, no matter the edition, whether 1568, 1572, 1602, etc. An edition reprinting all of them in addition to a facsimile would also be great. The Bishop's Bible deserves more attention in every way thinkable.