“Strengthening that which we first received”
Ruth Magnusson Davis, a Canadian, is a Reformation Anglican, and a retired lawyer with an undergraduate degree in languages. In 2009 she founded the New Matthew Bible Project, dedicated to gently updating the Matthew Bible, a little-known Reformation Bible (“that which we first received”). She began with the New Testament, which is the work of William Tyndale. In 2016, after seven years of work, Ruth published her gentle update of Tyndale’s New Testament as “The October Testament.” She calls it the only modern bible that is not.
Go here to learn about this update of an important Reformation bible: The October Testament.
About Baruch House Publishing
We remember that which we first received, and strengthen the things that are ready to die
In 2005 Ruth formed Baruch House Publishing, with a focus on publishing works of the early English Reformation. ‘Baruch’ was the name of the prophet Jeremiah’s secretary. It was symbolic for Ruth, who felt like something of a secretary to William Tyndale. ‘Baruch’ also means ‘blessed’ in the Hebrew tongue.
Then in 2016 Baruch House published The October Testament, long awaited by Ruth’s subscribers, which contains the gently updated New Testament of William Tyndale as it was contained in the 1537 Matthew Bible, together with long-lost notes and commentaries. It is selling well simply through word of mouth.
Baruch House has more publications on the way, including a history of the Matthew Bible, due to be published in 2017. Also, Ruth wants to begin work on the Matthew Bible Old Testament. She also plans updated editions of the lost works of Myles Coverdale, such as “Hope of the Faithful” and “Fruitful Lessons,” which are packed with true and divine doctrine.
About Ruth Magnusson Davis
Came to faith: October 5, 1998
Church affiliation: Traditional (evangelical) conservative Anglican
Favourite authors: Martin Luther, William Tyndale, and Myles Coverdale
After many years of seeking in New Age and non-Christian religions, Ruth came to faith when she heard the voice of the Son of God in his gospel. She turned from the world and became a student of the scripture. She began to read different bible versions, but was not satisfied until she discovered William Tyndale’s New Testament. She knew she had found the fullness of truth in this work. Then she discovered the 1537 Matthew Bible, and the wonderful Old Testament translations of Myles Coverdale, together with the informative notes and commentaries of John Rogers. She obtained her own copy of the Matthew Bible (a 1549 reprint), and learned how to read the old English typography. She then realized the world needed to have this bible again.
In 2009 Ruth retired from law to work on the New Matthew Bible Project, dedicated to updating the Matthew Bible. During the seven years she worked on the New Testament she has become a scholar of the Matthew Bible, early modern English language and grammar, and the writings of William Tyndale and Myles Coverdale, the men who gave us the Matthew scriptures. More information about Ruth, and how she approached updating the Matthew Bible, is at the website dedicated to The October Testament.