Category Archives: Bible History

The Story of the Matthew Bible

DANBURY, Texas, Jan. 16, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ — For release in the Spring: the world’s first book about this 1537 Reformation bible, the only English bible bought with blood.

“This is the untold story of the Matthew Bible, which formed the basis of the King James Version, though unacknowledged,” — Author Ruth Magnusson Davis.

The Matthew Bible was the work of three men. William Tyndale translated the New Testament and the first half of the Old before he was killed. His friend Myles Coverdale gave us the rest of the scriptures. Then a third man, John Rogers, compiled their work, added Reformation commentaries, and published it all as the Matthew Bible. But then he was burned at the stake by Bloody Queen Mary.

But the Matthew Bible lived on. It formed the basis of King Henry’s Great Bible, and from there went into the King James Version. Computer studies have shown that the KJV New Testament is 83% from the Matthew Bible.

“It has been said that new histories are only justified if the subject matter has been neglected or if it has been misrepresented. Both these things are true of the story of the Matthew Bible,” Ruth said. And she ought to know. She is a retired lawyer, and a scholar of Reformation history and early modern English language and grammar. She founded the New Matthew Bible Project, and worked for seven years to update the New Testament, which was published in early 2016 as The October Testament. It has been well received and the hardcover has already gone to a second printing.

The Story of the Matthew Bible will be in two editions. One will be a short, popular edition. The other will be longer and more scholarly. The scholarly edition will include in-depth comparisons of the Matthew Bible with later versions. At last, a book about this important bible version!

Ruth answers such questions as:


  • What is the Matthew Bible?
  • Who translated the Matthew Bible?
  • Why should we care? Why is this important?
  • You have finished the New Testament and published it under the name The October Testament. Can you tell us about it?

Ratio Christi to Unveil Historic Bible Scroll at Purdue Annual Symposium

INDIAN TRAIL, N.C., Jan. 12, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ — In a live streaming event during the 2016 Purdue University Symposium, a historic Old Testament scroll will be displayed for the first time, and a portion of the Hebrew text will be read. The scroll, measuring about ninety-two feet long, was a gift donated to Ratio Christi Campus Apologetics Alliance for the purpose of illustrating the reliability of these writings of antiquity.

The Symposium theme this year is “The Book that Changed the World.” It will take place February 5-7, 2016 at Purdue in West Lafayette, Indiana. The live streaming event will be Friday evening, February 5, from 7:00 to 9:30 pm Eastern Time at the Elliott Hall of Music and is open to the public.

Ratio Christi is an international campus ministry which exists to encourage and strengthen the faith of Christian students and faculty through the use of intellectual investigation and apologetics. With these sources of evidence for biblical truth, Ratio Christi students and leaders also share Christ’s message and love with those who have yet to receive it.

Dr. Corey Miller is President and CEO of Ratio Christi and an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Religions at Indiana University-Kokomo. Miller states:

“Ratio Christi will be utilizing the scroll in artifact apologetics presentations across the country at various RC events. The Purdue Symposium involves dozens of campus ministries and churches, and this evening will be streamed into more than 150 campus chapters of Ratio Christi.”

The Friday night live stream will also include keynote speaker and Evangelical Theological Society President, Dr. Daniel B. Wallace, “How Badly Has the Bible Been Corrupted?” Additionally, there will be testimonies from seven Purdue “Christian Professors Who are Confessors” and Melissa Slusher, the mother of the late Jordan Slusher, a Ratio Christi student for whom the outstanding student recognition “Legatus Christi” (Ambassador of Christ) was posthumously named.

More details about the Purdue Symposium can be found at the Ratio Christi website.