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Our Oldest Bible Leaves

1537 Matthew-Tyndale Bible | 1539-40 Great Bible | 1539/51 Taverner Bible

1537 Matthew-Tyndale Bible Leaf 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", (real name "John Rogers"), completed the translation work of Tyndale, and produced a complete English Bible within a year of Tyndale's execution.

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1539-40 Great Bible Leaf The 1539-40 Great Bible:
The First "Authorized" English Bible


A leaf from the first English language Bible fully authorized (not illegal) by the King. These leaves are over 470 years old. Not to be confused with the “Authorized Version”, as it is frequently called, of 1611 by King James… these leaves are instead the much earlier version that was authorized by King Henry the Eighth, founder of the Church of England (“Anglican Church”). Called the “Great Bible” due to its great size, this is England’s first “official” printing of the Bible.

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1539-40 Great Bible Leaf The 1539 Taverner Tyndale Bible:

A leaf from the first edition of the Taverner’s revision of the 1537 Matthew-Tyndale Bible, produced by Richard Taverner in 1539. It is this translation that first introduced such words as “parable” and ‘passover” and other terms still in use. These leaves are over 470 years old. Leaves from Taverner’s Bibles are extremely rare, because very few Taverner’s Bibles were ever printed.


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