Matthew's Bible

First English authorized version of the Bible, and basis of later versions. Its editor was John Rogers,* chaplain to the English merchants at Antwerp, friend of Tyndale, and the first Marian martyr. It is made up of Tyndale's Pentateuch, Tyndale's 1535 New Testament, Coverdale's Ezra- Malachi and Apocrypha, and Joshua-Chronicles in a version later shown to be Tyndale's. Carefully edited by Rogers, it appeared in 1537, probably printed in Antwerp, and was commended by Cranmer to Cromwell. Dedicated to King Henry and Queen Anne under the pseudonym “Thomas Matthew,” its use in churches was prohibited, despite its royal license.