Tyndale New Testament ...
* Download a Tyndale New Testament page (BELOW)
* Display at home, school, office or church
* From Wonders of the Bible collection
* Page displays early John 3:16
* Podcast tells of William Tyndale
* Frank DeFreitas reads from the Tyndale Bible
By FRANK DEFREITAS for WONDERS OF THE BIBLE
PUBLISHED: January 1, 2020 | UPDATED: January 13, 2020
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INSTRUCTIONS: Tap or click on the above photo to show the hi-res (high quality) version. Then save it to your device. You may use and display this photo however you wish: at home, school, office, church, online, etc. Now you have a Tyndale New Testament leaf. It is from me (Frank DeFreitas) to you. Enjoy ... and may God Bless You today and every day!
For God so loveth the world, that He hath given his only begotten Son, that none that believe in Him should perish: but should have everlasting life. Hello, my name is Frank DeFreitas, and I would like to welcome you to Wonders of the Bible.
If you have a Bible that is written in English, you may be interested to know that one of the very first translations was made by someone named William Tyndale. Today, you will have the opportunity to download your very own page from one of the Tyndale New Testaments. You can print it out, frame it, and hang it on your wall. You can post it to your timeline. Or, you can just keep it as a file. Its up to you. Whatever you choose to do, it is yours as a special gift, from me, to you.
It will be a very nice page for you to have, because it contains one of the most famous scripture verses ever known in the entire world: John 3:16 -- just as it was printed in this 1552 edition of the Tyndale New Testament.
In fact, the page that you will download was scanned directly from a page in my own collection. As your printer prints the page, it will be printing the exact digital image that came off of my scanner.
In addition, I will be reading from both sides of this page in a few minutes, here on this podcast.
Out of the many manuscripts that would eventually become the Holy Bible, the original languages were Hebrew for the Old Testament, then mostly Greek with Aramaic for the New Testament.
Every Bible version known today had to be translated from those original languages. For the English language, the very first translation was made by John Wycliffe, in the late 1300's.
Since this was before the invention of the printing press, it had to be hand-written and copied -- which was a lot of work to do! Needless to say, there are only a few copies still in existence of this early Bible -- and they are very valuable. A single manuscript recently sold for over 1 million U.S. dollars in 2016.
Many people that would consider the Wycliffe Bible would likely not consider it part of a technological history of the Bible -- due to it being written by hand. But here at Wonders of the Bible, it *IS* considered, because even the writing instruments themselves are a form of technology … and, considering it was the 1300's, these writing instruments would be considered a high technology. Think about this for a moment -- even a pencil is technology.
The English language used at the time of Wycliffe would not easily be understood today. In fact, by the time William Tyndale came along in the 1500's, the language had changed, and had become more modern.
Today in the United States, 200 years makes a lot of difference in how people write and speak. This advancement in the English language -- from the 1300's to the 1500's -- made Tyndale begin his own, more modern, English translation. He wanted the Holy Bible to be available to everyone. And so the Tyndale New Testament was born in the year 1526.
Unfortunately, it was against the law at the time for just anyone to do a translation of the Bible -- and especially into any language other than Latin. But Tyndale began on his own, regardless … going against the rules of the day. In addition to that, he translated and interpreted areas of scripture differently than what had previously been interpreted.
There is a lot to learn about this era in Bible history, and you can learn about William Tyndale on your own by accessing the information online. Of course, not everyone agrees on every point being made. Sometimes it seems that there is an opposite opinion for every opinion in the world today!
In the end, however, William Tyndale paid dearly for his Bible: he was strangled and burned at the stake in the year 1536. Since many of his original Bibles were burned and destroyed, only three known copies of his original edition are known today.
Printers continued to print the Tyndale Bible after his death. It was even revised. And that leads us to the 1552 edition -- which was known as an illustrated Tyndale New Testament. Not only will you get to print out a page from this Bible, but it will contain a wonderful woodcut illustration, as well.
His translation still lives in many modern Bibles. If you have an English Bible, you probably have read modernized versions of many of Tyndale's sayings, such as "Blessed are the peacemakers". It is said that up to 90% of the content of the King James Bible is Tyndale's translation.
For your enjoyment, I would like to read from one of the William Tyndale New Testament pages that I have in the Wonders of the Bible collection. It contains what was to become known in modern Bibles as John 3:16. Keep in mind that, back then, there were no verse numbers, just chapters.
Note that this famous verse contains the word "begotten" -- as in "His only Begotten Son". It was first used with the Wycliffe Bible, but Tyndale did not include it in his first translation, instead choosing "His only Son". Some feel it is due to Wycliffe working and translating from the Latin Vulgate; while Tyndale worked and translated from the Greek. I am not an expert, nor have the authority or background to give an opinion on this. Whatever the reason, it was carried over to the King James Version -- and, as far as John 3:16 is concerned -- the rest, as they say, is history.
If you are listening to this podcast and cannot, or do not, have a link to the hi-res, printable photo file, just go to wondersofthebible.org, and click on the link for Podcasts. Then, on the lecture page, look for a link that says "Tyndale Bible Page Podcast" listed as one of the selections.
And now, please enjoy my reading of a selection from William Tyndale's New Testament chapter three. May God add His blessing to the reading of His Holy Word:
There was a man of the pharises named Nicodemus a ruler among the jewes. The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him: Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God. For no man could do such miracles as thou doest, except God were with him: Jesus answered, and said unto him: Verily verily I say unto thee: except a man be born from above, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Nicodemus said unto him: how can a man be born, when he is old? can he enter into his mother's womb again, and be born? Jesus answered: verily, verily I say unto thee: except that a man be born of water, and of the spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh, is flesh. And that which is born of the spirit, is spirit. Marvel not that I said to thee, ye must be born from above. The wind bloweth where he listeth, and thou hearest his sound: but canst not tell whence he cometh, and whither he goeth. So is every man that is born of the spirit.
Nicodemus answered and say he unto him: how can these things be? Jesus answered and said unto him: Art thou a master in Israel, and knowest not these things? Verily verily, I say unto thee, we speak that we know, and testify that we have seen: And ye receive not our witness. If when I tell you earthly things and ye believe not: How should ye believe if I shall tell you of heavenly things? And no man ascendeth up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, the Son of man which is in heaven. And as Moses lift up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up, that none which believeth in him perish: but have eternal life.
For God so loveth the world, that He hath given his only begotten Son, that none that believe in Him should perish: but should have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world: But that the world through him, might be saved. He that believeth on him shall not be condemned. But he that believeth not, is condemned already, because he believeth not in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation: that Light is come into the world, and men loved darkness more than light, because their deeds were evil. For every man that evil doeth, hateth the light: neither cometh to light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth, cometh to the light, that his deeds might be known, how that they are right in God.
Once again, my name is Frank DeFreitas, and may God Bless you today -- and every day -- and, remember, to always love others, just as Jesus Christ loves you!
"Science is the study of the physical manifestations of God in action."
-- Frank DeFreitas (Click Here for BIO)