Frequently Asked Questions
- Is this a red letter edition
- What numbering system does this Bible use
- What lettering does this Bible use
- Can I donate towards the translation
- Does this Bible include the Apocrypha
- What is the Apocrypha
- Why is the Apocrypha not included
- Where can I order The Matthew Bible
- What does "Modern Spelling" mean
- What version is being translated
- Why is it called The Matthew Bible
- Will you make any changes
- Does this Bible have verses
- When can I buy it?
Is this a red letter edition?
It is our intention to show the words of Christ in red and to distinguish the Old Testament quotes used in the New Testament. This will be finalized when it is time to go to print.
What numbering system does this Bible use?
The Matthew Bible: Modern Spelling Edition uses European digits (Hindu-Arabic), which is the standard United States placeholder numbering system (0123456789). It does not use Roman numerals.
What lettering does this Bible use?
The Matthew Bible: Modern Spelling Edition™ uses a Roman font (type) and updates the 1537 version from Black letter font.
1. Roman type
2. Italics type
3. Below is Black letter Type (Genesis 4:15)
Below is the same scripture (Genesis 4:15) in Roman type as found in The Matthew Bible: Modern Spelling Edition™:
15 And the Lord said unto him: Not so, but whosoever slayeth Cain shall be punished 7 fold. And the Lord put a mark upon Cain that no man that found him should kill him.
And the King James Version for comparison:
15 And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.
Can I donate towards the translation?
Yes. Donations to the Matthew Bible Translation program, as administered by the Richwood Chapel church, are under the guidelines of IRS 501(c)3 charitable organizations and are tax deductible. You will receive an end-of-the-year itemized statement if donations are made through the Richwood Chapel. The statement will be mailed by Jan 31 of the donation year. Mention the Matthew Bible in the memo line. Thank you.
Does this Bible contain the Apocrypha?
1. History records that the Roman Catholic religious system sought William Tyndale's death. They succeeded in 1536. William Tyndale was arrested and taken to Vilvoorde, Belgium (This fell under the Holy Roman Empire.) The Emperor, of the Holy Roman Empire, was Charles V (5th). After nearly a year and a half of imprisonment, he ordered William Tyndale tried by a religious court and then turned him over to secular authorities. The religious court found that Tyndale was guilty of spreading dangerous doctrines, through his interpretation of the Bible into English, and they determined that if the people would read the Bible, it would incite them to revolt against the Roman Catholic religious system. After finding William Tyndale guilty, they strangled and then burned him at a stake.
2. Because of the Latin translation (among a smattering of other languages) Coverdale's Bible is NOT considered the first original languages-to-English translation. In all fairness, he did not have access to Tyndale's additional translations or an advanced understanding of the Bible languages; whereas John Rogers had both. Coverdale seemed to have been in a hurry to get the Bible to press any way possible and it appears he and Rogers were working together and not against one another, just as they reportedly did with Tyndale. Both Coverdale and Rogers are well reported to be friends of William Tyndale. Rogers is also suspicioned of secreting away the latest works of Tyndale when the house he was living at was raided. He did not reveal that he had these until things had calmed down. Even then, he released them under the name Thomas Matthew.
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The 24 Books of Jewish Scriptures are the same as the 39 books in today's Old Testament. The only thing that has changed is they have been divided up into more books.
3. (Luke 24:44) "And [Jesus] said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me."
Where Can I order The Matthew Bible
The Matthew Bible: Modern Spelling Edition will be made available from this website and from the publishers/printers website. We will provide the information as it becomes available.
What version is being translated and will there be notes?
We are using one of the 1549 printings (It is the 1537 revision) which is an almost identical reprinting of the original. We chose this print because it is better preserved but has the same writing as the original.
- Pastor Bayless of the Lawton Church of God for giving permission to use an electronic copy of The Matthew Bible in Early Modern British English (Serif font, roman numeral numbering, original Geneva verse divisions).
Why is it called The Matthew Bible?
It is called The Matthew Bible (or The Thomas Matthew Bible ) because it was originally published under the pseudonym Thomas Matthew. Thomas Matthew is its name and it is not referring to being owned by Matthew; so therefor it does not have an s or 's . Note that The King James Bible does not have an apostrophe in its title either.
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Will change anything?
- Early Modern English did not have standardized spelling. They spelled (and read) phonetically. We are standardizing the spelling. As an example, the word "drink" might be spelled Drynk, Drynke or Drinke. Even in the same paragraph some words will fail to maintain the same spelling.
- The Matthew Bible often used a double L when only one is needed. We are removing the LL and making it one L. The name "Abell" would become "Abel"
- Often the early English used "ea" instead of a single "e". It also added an "e" to the end of many words. We are working on changing this. In early English, the word "rest" would be spelled "reaste".
- The Matthew Bible uses a combination of Roman numerals and written words to express dates, numbers and times. We must update these to European digits (Hindu-Arabic) which is the standard United States numbering system (0123456789).
The date that The Matthew Bible was first published is M, D, xxxvij in Roman numerals. This would be translated to 1000, 500, 37 and then added together. In modern spelling (numbering) this date would be written as 1537.
(M means 1000, D is 500, xxx is 30, and vij is 7)
- The Early Modern English still used the letter "Thorn" which looks like this: Þ or this, þ. We jokingly call them the "pea-bee" letters since they look like the letter p and b combined. Thorn actually carries the same sound as "th". We are working on changing the Thorn to the "th". This means the early modern word "þe" is often translated to "the", "thee", or "that".
Does the Bible have verses?
Yes. We are capturing the original text and converting it to modern font and spelling. Our burden is to maintain the precious words of this Holy Writ. The verse numbering system is the Oxford Standard.
When can I buy this Bible?
"I wish I had a timeline. It's a labor of love and is something that I do while I am also finishing my research / Doctorate degree and pastoring; albeit, it is something that we are working on steadily with the intention of providing this historic Bible to today's readers as soon as humanly possible. My original goal was by the end of this year - time will tell!" -Pastor Nathan Harding
Because of the very large response to this translation, we have created www.thematthewbible.com so you can stay informed. Make sure to subscribe on the home page (your info will never be misused) and we'll send you email updates periodically as the translation develops. The Matthew Bible: Modern Spelling Edition will be made available from this website and from the publishers/printers website through global distribution channels. We will provide the information as it becomes available.
Many are anxiously waiting to obtain a copy of The Matthew Bible: Modern Spelling Edition but until it is available in the near future, you can add these handsome little books to your study library and learn a more about the the Matthew Bible's history, and read the book of Psalms MBMS. These purchases also help support the translation efforts:
The Psalms of David: From the Matthew Bible Modern Spelling Edition
Christ, Lost in the Word: An historical look at the Matthew Bible's development into English