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Our Oldest Bible Leaves

[1537 Matthew-Tyndale Bible] | 1529 Luther N.T. | 1523 Luther Pentateuch

The 1537 Matthew-Tyndale Bible:
The First English Bible Directly Translated
And The Oldest Printed English Scripture Available


A leaf from the earliest available printing of God's Word in the English language on a piece of paper. This is the first complete printing of an English language Bible that was translated directly from the original languages of Hebrew and Greek into English. These leaves are over 475 years old. "Thomas Matthew", (whose real name was "John Rogers"), completed the translation work of Tyndale, and produced a complete English Bible within a year of Tyndale's execution. These large folio-size leaves are unspeakably rare

While they are the first printing of the Bible to be directly translated from the original Biblical languages of Hebrew and Greek straight into English, and most "purist" scholars consider the 1537 Matthew-Tyndale the first "true and legitimate" translation of the Bible into English; it is technically the second printing of an English language complete Bible. This is because in October of 1535, another of Tyndale’s friends, Myles Coverdale, actually printed the very first English language complete Bible… but it was a "translation of a translation" making use of source texts from Latin and German as well. For many historians, that sort of "disqualifies" Coverdale’s Bible from holding the title of "First English Printed Bible Translation"... a title perhaps more deserved by these 1537 leaves.

These leaves were printed on 100% rag cotton linen sheet, not wood-pulp paper like books today, so they remain in excellent condition... even after nearly 500 years. Each leaf measures approximately 13 inches tall by 9 inches wide, and is a unique piece of ancient artwork, carefully produced one-at-a-time, using a movable-type press. Each leaf comes with a beautiful Certificate of Authenticity.

If you are not absolutely awe-struck by the availability of these super-rare leaves - then you probably do not fully understand what they are. This is the OLDEST printing of God's Word in English on paper, that money can buy! Honestly; I am amazed that we can offer them for less than $10,000 per leaf, though our prices start at less than 5% of that figure. Imagine... having a leaf from this impressive and precious treasure of our Christian heritage on display in your home.

 

Leaves from the 1537 First Edition Printing of the
Matthew-Tyndale Bible

ITEM # MBL-1: $595 and up... call for a quote on specific passages

Also Available...
Leaves from the 1549 Second Edition Printing of the
Matthew-Tyndale Bible
(almost as big as the 1537 leaves)
ITEM # MBL-2: $179 and up… call for a quote on specific passages


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Matthew-Tyndale Bible Leaf Certificate

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