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Hendrickson Publishers The Tyndale New Testament, 1526 Edition

The first English Bible translated from the original languages

William Tyndale believed the Bible should be available in the vernacular—the common people’s speech. He famously declared, “The boy that driveth the plough shall know more of the Scripture than [an educated man].” Though forbidden by the Church to translate the New Testament into English, Tyndale’s determination resulted in its finally being printed in Germany in 1526. Smuggled into England, the Tyndale New Testament was a monumental success. The simple, direct language of many of its verses has resonated down the centuries.

William Tyndale’s legacy stems from his having translated the Scriptures in a way that made the most of the emerging English tongue. Bible collectors and anyone interested in the history of the English Bible will treasure this unique volume.

  • Co-publication with the renowned British Library
  • Facsimile of one of only two complete copies from Peter Schoeffer’s 1526 printing, held in the British Library’s collection
  • Features clear, legible type and original, color illustrations
  • Authoritative new introduction by David Daniell (Emeritus Professor of English Language and Literature at University College London; founder and first Chairman of the Tyndale Society)
  • Ribbon marker
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Customer Reviews for The Tyndale New Testament, 1526 Edition
Review 1 for The Tyndale New Testament, 1526 Edition
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Wm Tyndale would be very happy !

Date:January 2, 2014
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nelson hollins
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Mr. Tyndale wanted the Word of God in people's hands for a reasonable cost to them. This present $19.99 cbd.com SUPER SALE is the 1st time the 1526 has been offered 75% off !!! Even the Hardcover is $30 reg 47. As soon as I saw this in the 413916 Catalog : Item# AE562910 ( Reg $79.95)
I ordered 12 copies. This 1st work of Wm. Tyndale reads better than his 1534 revised. This is THE ABSOLUTE BEST NEW TESTAMENT available today. What a glorious priviledge to have a BRAND NEW facsimile of 1 of the only 3 original copies left, in The British Museum.
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Review 2 for The Tyndale New Testament, 1526 Edition
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Date:May 1, 2013
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Lori
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This bible is pocket sized. I don't recall reading anywhere where it said pocket sized. I was really disappointed because it didn't look like a bible at all. The contents are good. I scored it so low because I don't feel they gave a clear picture of the product appearance wise.
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Review 3 for The Tyndale New Testament, 1526 Edition
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Very nice product

Date:March 19, 2013
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VERY nice item. The quality and clarity is very good. I like that you see the pages as they were...color and all. Excellent.
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Review 4 for The Tyndale New Testament, 1526 Edition
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Question?

Date:May 29, 2012
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Tanya Mauk
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I already wrote one review when I recieved the book and my opinion in that review hasn't changed, except that I am almost done reading it and I noticed that after Philemon, it goes to I Peter, II Peter, I John, II John, III John, Hebrews, James, Jude, then Revelations. Whereas in my other Bibles, of which I have the 1560 Geneva Bible also, it goes from Philemon to Hebrews, James, I Peter, II Peter, I John, II John, III John, then Jude, which the latter order is the same also in my other Bibles. So, therefore I do not know whether it was put together in the wrong order, or that is the order in which it was in the beginning, since it is the oldest Bible of them all. Does anybody know?
Response from Christianbook.com:By Internet MarketingMay 31, 2012
This is Tyndale’s order for the books of the New Testament. If you look at the page numbers, III John is CCCI (301) Hebrews begins at CCCII (302). One page number is assigned to two pages.
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Review 5 for The Tyndale New Testament, 1526 Edition
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The first ever printed English New Testament

Date:September 27, 2011
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Johnf
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For a person interested in Reformation History, or the History of the English Langage or History of Bible Translations, the Tyndale New Testament is a must have. However it is difficult to read the old English, so is not for those who have trouble reading.
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Review 6 for The Tyndale New Testament, 1526 Edition
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A Beautiful Reproduction!!

Date:July 29, 2011
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The 1526 Tyndale New Testament is a remarkable book in the history of the English Bible and this facsimile edition is top-quality in all respects.
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Review 7 for The Tyndale New Testament, 1526 Edition
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Superb for Devotions

Date:May 31, 2011
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Sandy
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Reading Tyndale's New Testament has been a blessing in many ways. It faithfully communicates God's message while also revealing the development of our English language. The fact it initially takes a little longer to read allows more time for absorption of the truths. With each reading session, greater proficiency is gained in the language. The marginal annotations are an added bonus which contribute to an overall unique experience.
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Review 8 for The Tyndale New Testament, 1526 Edition
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beautiful fascimile reprint of a classic text

Date:May 28, 2011
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Bob Hayton
Location:St. Paul, MN
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In the realm of English Bible translation, one name stands supreme. William Tyndale is the man most responsible for the English Bibles we use today. The King James Version owes a great debt to William Tyndale, very often borrowing Tyndale's expressions, phrasing and insight into how to use short, concise English words to convey the meaning of the original Greek New Testament. Some say upwards of 85 percent of the words in the King James Bible originate from Tyndale's work. Later English Bibles owe an indirect debt to Tyndale through their continued dependence on the King James Version's phrasing, often borrowed from Tyndale.
In England perhaps more than any other area in Europe, the Reformation was birthed from the presence of the vernacular Bible. John Wycliffe's Bible, various translations from the Latin under his name, had a wide impact on England. But a mere ten years after Erasmus offered the first printed Greek New Testament, William Tyndale gave his English New Testament to the English people. While Tyndale himself was strangled and burned in 1536, only 4 years later his prayer for England was answered. Tyndale's last words are reported to have been: "Lord, open the King of England's eyes." In 1538, Thomas Cromwell under the authority of the King called for a publicly available translation and by 1539 the first authorized English Bible, the Great Bible, was made available to Tyndale's beloved England.
Of Tyndale's original 1526 New Testament, only three copies survive today. One of those three is in beautiful condition and was purchased by the British Library for more than one million pounds in 1994. Hendrickson Publishers has a beautiful hardback edition with a full color fascimile reproduction of this 1526 Tyndale treasure. The original size of the Tyndale edition was a small octavo size made for the pocket and the Hendrickson reprint is 6.6 x 4.9 x 1.6 inches and matches that smaller feel. The copied pages are very clear, the colorful first letters of chapters and paragraph breaks come through as brilliant as the original with gold lettering and all. Several full color pictures of the various NT authors appear at the beginning of the various books in the New testament, and these miniature portraits are vivid and clear. What's striking is how high the quality is of this 16th Century printing. The lack of verses is also interesting to a modern eye, as they didn't exist until 1550.
The book includes a helpful introduction by David Daniell, author of "William Tyndale: A Biography (Nota Bene)" (Yale University Press, 2001). Daniell illustrates Tyndale's masterful command of English and contrasts his work with the Wycliffe Bibles that we still possess today. After the ten page introduction, which helpfully offers a few pointers in making sense of the block, Black Letter print type and out-dated orthography, the fascimile reproduction is given. There are no long treatises explaining Scripture nor any marginal explanations. A small intro of a few lines exists on the only surviving title page of the 1526 edition. And a brief two page "To the Reader" colophon concludes the text.
Tyndale is reported to have once remarked to a "learned man", "I defy the Pope and all his laws... if God spare my life ere many years, I will cause a boy that driveth the plough, shall know more of scripture than thou dost." God saw fit to bless Tyndale's desire and bring it to pass. Today we are incredibly blessed in large part due to his sacrifice. This edition of Tyndale's work brings this wonderful history closer to home and allows one to examine the very first English New Testament translated from the original Greek language. I will close this review with the concluding paragraph from Tyndale's "To the Reader."
"Them that are learned Christianly, I beseech: forasmuch as I am sure, and my conscience beareth me record, that of a pure intent, singly and faithfully I have interpreted it, as far forth as God gave me the gift of knowledge and understanding that the rudeness of the work now at the first time offend them not, but that they consider how that I had no man to counterfeit, neither was helped {holp} with English of any that had interpreted the same or such like things in the Scripture beforetime. Moreover, even very necessity and cumbrance (God is record) above strength which I will not rehearse, lest we should seem to boast ourselves, caused that many things are lacking which necessarily are required. Count it as a thing not having his full shape, but as it were born before his time, even as a thing begun rather than finished. In time to come (if God have appointed us thereunto) we will give it his full shape, and put out if ought be added superfluously, and add to if ought be overseen thorow negligence, and will enforce to bring to compendiousness that which is now translated at the length, and to give light where it is required, and to seek in certain places more proper English, and with a table to expound the words which are not commonly used and shew how the Scripture useth many words which are wother wise understood of the common people, and to help with a declaration where one tongue taketh not another; and will endeavor ourselves, as it were, to seeth [[meaning, boil or cook]] it better, and to make it more apt for the weak stomachs; desiring them that are learned and able, to remember their duty, and to help thereunto, and to bestow unto the edifying of Christ's body (which is the congregation of them that believe) those gifts which they have received of God for the same purpose. The grace that cometh of Christ be with them that love him."
Disclaimer: This book was provided by Hendrickson Publishers for review. I was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.
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Review 9 for The Tyndale New Testament, 1526 Edition
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Date:May 5, 2011
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Old English is hard enough to read as is...undersized pages and painfully small print.
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Review 10 for The Tyndale New Testament, 1526 Edition
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A most useable edition

Date:January 4, 2011
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Bruce Flickinger
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This edition of Tyndale's New Testament is outstanding. It is not only a great fascimile it is also readable.
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Review 11 for The Tyndale New Testament, 1526 Edition
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Real History

Date:October 25, 2010
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Danny Gette
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It is a thrill to hold in my hands a true copy of an illegal New Testament, printed for the father of modern English, William Tyndale. The book is beautiful, I love the cloth cover and the artistic touches throughout make this the nicest book I have ever had. I love it!
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Review 12 for The Tyndale New Testament, 1526 Edition
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Date:January 25, 2010
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Matthew MacEachern
What a grand privilege it is to be able to own a copy of the William Tyndale New Testament. Although it is difficult to read the 16th century English Tyndale used in this translation, it is still a magnificent blessing to possess. Even if some people could not read through this edition, I would still recommend it as a keepsake, for as a keepsake this Tyndale New Testament is by far the greatest treasure I have in my own personal library.
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Review 13 for The Tyndale New Testament, 1526 Edition
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Date:March 2, 2010
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Mark Clary
I have both the hardcover and the leather bound editions. Both of them are well made. I highly recommend Tyndale, along with the Geneva Bible, Matthew's Bible, and the 1611 KJV.
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Review 14 for The Tyndale New Testament, 1526 Edition
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Date:January 8, 2010
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Lance Burgess
If you're a student of the Bible and history, then you know what an important piece of English history the William Tyndale translation of the New Testament is. To make it available in such a quality reproduction as this makes it a true teasure to have in your personal library. I cannot recommend it highly enough.This is a wonderfully made Bible. The genuine leather binding is heavy and sturdy. The pages are thick and gold-edged. The recreation of the pages from the British Library's copy is of the utmost clarity.Buy it. Read it. Enjoy it. Learn from it. Live by it. As Tyndale translates in John 6 - "It is the spirit that quickens, the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak unto you are spirit and life."
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Review 15 for The Tyndale New Testament, 1526 Edition
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Date:September 21, 2009
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Cynthia Smithdeal
This is a wonderful piece of Biblical history and I'm so glad that it has been made available. There is so much there with extra notes and helps and especially the preface to the book of Romans, it makes you wish that you could read Middle English fluently. I can make out some of it, especially those passages that I have memorized. I is well worth having and preserving for posterity. It is beautifully presented and well constructed. Thanks so much.
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Review 16 for The Tyndale New Testament, 1526 Edition
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Date:August 6, 2009
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Richardson Brian
Don't be intimidated by the old english - this is a refreshing look at a books we love.
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Date:September 5, 2009
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Carlos Varela
This is a very beautiful facsimile of the Tyndale New Testament, 1526. The Introduction by David Daniell is scholarly and informative. Each book begins with a color miniature or letter in color. There are other color letters along the text. The work ends with a note "To the Reder" and handwritten notes. Very impressive.
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Review 18 for The Tyndale New Testament, 1526 Edition
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Date:July 16, 2009
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Michael Dockens
Awesome! Although the Bible is small, it's a very beautiful Bible. The pages are thick and very colorful. Well worth the price, a bargain to say the least. Even with UPS 2nd Day Airmail, it was still cheaper than Amazon. I will now buy all of my Bibles and references from christianbook.com
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Review 19 for The Tyndale New Testament, 1526 Edition
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Date:June 9, 2009
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Christopher Bevis
On the one hand, this is a facsimile copy of what was an illegal book in 1526, and even today bootleg literature isn't noted for its high production standards. On the other, Hendrickson is a well regarded modern publishing house, and the British Library doesn't normally spend a million pounds to buy something that is physically tat - even if it's 500 year old tat.The only things this copy lacks in my opinion are a title page (which is missing from the BL original, but is in a copy rediscovered in Stuttgart in 2004), and a translation of the Latin remarks about a painting in an appendix.I originally bought this work for its historic importance as the first known English NT translation from the original Greek. I've since given my original copy as a present to an uncle, and ordered two more - one for myself, and one for my god-daughter's 21st birthday.I've done all this amidst an ongoing economy drive in my house, so if you still can't grasp how readable, artistically pleasing and historically important the Tyndale 1526 NT is - I can only add: buy this book. It's a steal at this price... even with the high cost of shipping to the UK.
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Date:April 9, 2009
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Paoli Church Of Christ
The Tyndale New Testament was a great purchase. I wanted to see and read the text as it appeared in the original and this offers just such an opportunity. The text takes some getting used to, but with just a bit of practice reading comes easier than I thought it would upon first glance. It is a must if you like to collect different Bible translations.
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