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William Tyndale

Discussion in 'Christian History' started by Paul4JC, Apr 12, 2021.

  1. Paul4JC

    Paul4JC It is for freedom that Christ has set us free

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    William Tyndale
    (1494–September 6, 1536)​

    I recently came across this movie about William Tyndale and he was a fascinating man and admirable follower of Christ. "He is the unsung reformer. His invaluable translation of the Bible to English which eventually led to his martyrdom, is still a major source for all modern translations. “Tyndale's translation was the first English Bible to draw directly from Hebrew and Greek texts” [1]

    “William Tyndale was the Captain of the Army of Reformers, and was their spiritual leader. Tyndale holds the distinction of being the first man to ever print the New Testament in the English language. Tyndale was a true scholar and a genius, so fluent in eight languages that it was said one would think any one of them to be his native tongue. He is frequently referred to as the "Architect of the English Language", (even more so than William Shakespeare) as so many of the phrases Tyndale coined are still in our language today.” [2] [Italics added]

    “Tyndale’s translation work is found in every English translation since his own. When King James arranged for a new translation of Scripture, 50 of the finest scholars were commissioned. Yet they could not improve on Tyndale’s work. Roughly 84% of the New Testament and 76% of the Old Testament in the King James Version is the work of Tyndale! If you own any English version of the Bible you are indebted to William Tyndale. In fact, if you read or speak English at all you are indebted to him… William Tyndale was, in many ways, the father of the modern English language just as he was the father of both the English Bible and the English Reformation.” [3]

    “Eventually he was caught, imprisoned and the charged for the following: He had maintained that faith alone justifies. He maintained that to believe in the forgiveness of sins and to embrace the mercy offered in the Gospel, was enough for salvation. He denied the existence of purgatory. He denied that men should pray to Mary or the saints.” [3]

    "Just before he was killed, Tyndale gave his last words: 'Lord, open the King of England’s eyes!' Just two years later Tyndale’s dying prayer would be answered. Henry VIII decreed that a copy of the Bible in English and Latin should be made available in every church in England." [3]

    Of Tyndale it could be said, “the world was not worthy of them." [Heb 11:38a NIV] This link is to the movie. I would call it “Unsung Reformer & Hero of the Faith: William Tyndale.”

    God's Outlaw: The Story Of William Tyndale - YouTube

    [1] William Tyndale - Wikipedia
    [2] William Tyndale Bible History
    [3] William Tyndale: Reformer, Translator, Martyr ...
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  2. Glory2TheLamb

    Glory2TheLamb New Member

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    Thanks so much for posting. I am so fascinated by Christian history and love watching movies, documentaries and reading on those who have contended for the faith.
  3. Tolworth John

    Tolworth John Well-Known Member Supporter

    United Kingdom
    A book that is well worth getting and making the effort to read is ' Five Pioneer Missionaries.'
    All very able men who hurried themselves in serving obscure and sometimes dangerous people in preaching the gospel, at great personal cost.

    william Carry is another, called the Father of modern missionary work, or Jim Elliot and his companions, as well as the story of his wife Elizabeth Elliot.

    These are just a few of the many people you should be reading about.
  4. Jamsie

    Jamsie Well-Known Member Supporter

    United States
    My dear friend Jack Caulfield had preformed his play "Fire for the Ploughman" all over the country. I first met Jack and was so thankful to have seen his play prior to the pancreatic cancer taking his life. Jack's story of his conversion is so fascinating, he also always noted how the Tyndale Bible painted pictures and sadly, his website is no longer available. I had come across this regarding Jack and his play... Would you risk your life to tell others about our Lord Jesus Christ?