Miles Coverdale


Death of Miles Coverdale (b. 1488), publisher of the first printed English Bible.  He completed the translation of the Old Testament which William Tyndale and left unfinished at this death.  Although Tyndale had openly criticized King Henry Viii, Coverdale dedicated his 1535 edition of the Bible to him.

Here is John 3:16,17 as printed in the Coverdale English Bible:

“For God so loued the worlde, that he gaue his onely sonne, that who so euer beleueth in him, shulde not perishe, but haue euerlasting life.  For God sent not his sonne in to the world to condempne the worlde, but that the worlde might be saued by him.”