The first complete Bible in English was printed in 1535 by Myles Coverdale.
In the prologue to his Bible, Coverdale gives the “Christian Reader” an excellent two point exhortation. Here is a paraphrase.
1. When you can’t understand some portion of the Bible, let it be proof of your ignorance, not of a mistake in scripture.
2. To better understand scripture: discern its proper dispensational context.
That was 483 years ago. The exhortation is just as good today.
Below is Coverdale’s original quote.
Ignorance of history will cause you to repeat its mistakes. Knowledge of history will help you repeat its successes.
It was words like these that watered the tree we eat from five centuries later. The tree needs watered again if we want fruit to abound.
For His grace,
Justin “repeating history” Johnson