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Why ought we remember William Tyndale? He made an amazing contribution to the Christian faith. Chances are if you have a Bible in your home Tyndale is responsible for more than half the translation of it. He is known, and was martyred for, translating major parts of the Bible into English. Unlike others before him, he was the first to draw directly from the original wording found in Hebrew and Greek texts, instead of the Latin. He did not merely translate the Bible to English, but did it beautifully. Tyndale’s skill with language and his passion for God and Scripture gave us the wonderful work that is still used today. Sometimes people, wrongfully, give far more credit to the authors of the Authorized Version (of the Bible) released in 1611, also known as the King James Version. However, one must realize that The KJV borrows heavily from Tyndale. Nine-tenths of the King James New Testament (as well as the Old Testament books Tyndale translated before his death) are Tyndale’s translation. Source pg 287
“Am I my brother’s keeper” (Gen 4:9)
“The Lord bless thee and keep thee. The Lord make his face to shine upon thee and be merciful unto thee. The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.” (Num. 6:24-26)
“The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.” (Matt. 26:41) Source
“Christ wishes his mysteries to be published as widely as possible. I would wish even all women to read the gospel and the epistles of St. Paul, and I wish that they were translated into all languages of all Christian people, that they might be read and known, not merely by the Scotch and the Irish, but even by the Turks and the Saracens. I wish that the husbandman may sing parts of them at his plow, that the weaver may warble them at his shuttle, that the traveller may with their narratives beguile the weariness of the way.” Source pg 67
Master Tyndall happened to be in the company of a learned man, and in communing and disputing with him drove him to that issue, that the learned man said: ‘We were better be without God’s law than the Pope’s.’ Master Tyndall, hearing that, answered him: ‘I defy the Pope and all his laws,’ and said, ‘If God spare my life, ere many years I will cause a boy that driveth the plough shall know more of the Scripture than thou dost.’ Source pg 2
Author’s Note: One might wonder why The Church was so opposed to the English Bible getting into the hands of commoners (or anyone.) There were multiple reasons for this, but as that is not the direct point of my entry I will not be expounding on those at this time.
“…my pains … my poverty … my exile out of mine natural country, and bitter absence from my friends …my hunger, my thirst, my cold, the great danger wherewith I am everywhere encompassed, and finally … innumerable other hard and sharp fightings which I endure.” Source pg213
So when it was dinner time, Master Tyndale went forth with Philips, and at the going forth of Pointz’s house, was a long narrow entry, so that two could not go in front. Master Tyndale would have put Philips before him, but Philips would in no wise, but put Master Tyndale before, for that he pretended to show great humanity. So Master Tyndale, being a man of no great stature, went before, and Philips, a tall, comely person, followed behind him; who had set officers on either side of the door upon two seats, who might see who came in the entry. Philips pointed with his finger over Master Tyndale’s head down to him, that the officers might see that it was he whom they should take. The officers afterwards told Pointz, when they had laid him in prison, that they pitied to see his simplicity. They brought him to the emperor’s attorney, where he dined. Then came the procurator-general to the house of Pointz, and sent away all that was there of Master Tyndale’s, as well his books as other things; and from thence Tyndale was had to the castle of Vilvorde, eighteen English miles from Antwerp. Source
A few days later the pageant of casting him out of the Church took place. In the town square a crowd gathered. The great doctors and dignitaries assembled in formal dress and array. They took their seats on the high platform. Tyndale was led out, wearing his priest’s robes. He was made to kneel and his hands were scraped with sharp instrument as a symbol of having lost the benefits of the anointing oil with which he was consecrated to the priesthood. The bread and wine of the mass were placed in his hands, and at once withdrawn. This done, he was stripped of his priest’s garments, reclothed as a layman, and handed over to the attorney for secular punishment. The Church would condemn, but always left it to the secular officers to stain their hands with the murder. But for Tyndale the end was not yet. He was taken back to Vilvoorde Castle and for some unexplained reason remained a prisoner for two more months. Source