William Tyndale: A True Hero

Last month I read David Teems new biography of William Tyndale. A easy well-written biography that tells the story of 16th century martyr William Tyndale (1492-1536) who was the first person to translate the Bible into English. (Technically John Wycliffe was first, over a hundred year earlier, but that was in Middle English and had a limited influence on Tyndale’s translation and our Bibles today). On the other hand, much in our Bibles today (and the English language!) come directly from William Tyndale: phrases like “the author and finisher of our faith” and “I am the way, the truth, and the life” or “In my father’s house are many mansions” “seek and ye shall find” “Let not your hearts not be troubled” and on and on and on. Scholars estimate that 90% of the New Testament and 50% of the Old Testament come from Tyndale’s translation. This is all the more amazing when you consider that Tyndale did all this while on the run for his life from the church!! David Teems does a good job of keeping things moving and easy to follow. It’s quite a story including Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Desiderius Erasmus, Martin Luther and the ruthless and psychotic (in his obsession with capturing and burning Tyndale) Thomas More. William Tyndale a true hero for all time and eternity. (Come in the store and mention this post and get 20% off this book!)


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