A rare copy of one of the first New Testaments to be published in English has sold to a private collector for the equivalent of nearly $48,000.
The 1536 text was translated from Hebrew and Greek by renowned English scholar William Tyndale, one of the most well-known figures of the Protestant Reformation who believed that everyone should be able to read the Bible in their own language.
The piece is titled “The Newe Testamente Yet Once Agayne Corrected By William Tyndale” and is only the fourth copy to be sold since the 1970s, Premier reports.
The piece of history sold at auction to an unnamed collector on Nov. 28 for £37,500, which is equivalent to $47,908.95.
According to Clive Moss, the head of the book department at Chiswick Auctions in West London, the Bible was Tyndale’s final revision and “shaped the grammar and vocabulary of the English language” in a period in which it was “crude and unrefined.”
“The Tyndale Bible has been described as the most important book in the English language,” Moss said, according to Premier. “William Tyndale contributed to the rise of the view that the Bible is a historical document and should be read with ‘historical faith.’”
Moss explained that Tyndale “made political use of his vernacular translations” in order “to win the common people to the Protestant cause.”
“It is, therefore, unmistakably of huge national and historical importance to Britain,” Moss asserted.
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Source: Christian Post