Thursday, March 8, 2012

Martyr for the Bible

History has done a poor job with the memories and accomplishments of William Tyndale.  David Teems has set out to make a correction to this egregious error. 
It is through the work of William Tyndale that we have the framework of our English language as we know it today.  Reading the prologue is beneficial as you will learn something about our idioms and you will acquire a better picture of the setting in which William Tyndale undertook this major task.
William Tyndale was a graduate of Oxford University and possessed a love for the scriptures which became his driving motivation for his most important life mission – translating the scriptures from the Latin, Greek, and original Hebrew.  This task would prove to be perilous, as it was in conflict with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.  As such, Tyndale would be branded an heretic.  He had to constantly hide his work as it was considered blasphemous by the Church and, when found, were confiscated and burned. Undeterred, he persisted in his work to create an English speaking God and make the Bible available to all.
For all of his work, Tyndale was finally apprehended and was executed on October 6, 1536.
David Teems has done a great service through his dedicated research published in this book.  For anyone who truly wants to understand the value we have in the blessed book we sometimes treat so carelessly, you should put this book on the top of your reading list.  Tyndale was not alone as a martyr for his work on translations of the original texts, but he probably did more to birth some of the English phrases in the original KJV text than any other man.
This book receives my highest recommendation!
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