It is my plan to create a video series dedicated to shedding light on the great debt owed to William Tyndale for his translations of the Bible from Greek and Hebrew into Early Modern English nearly 500 years ago.
It is my hope that English-speaking Bible readers will appreciate the blessing of the Word of God in English much more when they understand the great sacrifices made by William Tyndale and his fellow laborers.
The well-known 1611 King James Bible contains much of William Tyndale’s work almost verbatim (estimated at 80%). The audio readings taken from Tyndale’s Bible translations in this video series will make it plainly clear how much of the 1611 King James Bible is drawn from Tyndale’s work.
During his lifetime, William Tyndale published the entire New Testament twice (in 1526 & 1534), The Pentateuch (i.e. The Five Books of Moses: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers & Deuteronomy) in 1530, The Prophet Jonah in 1531 and a revised Genesis in 1534. Some Tyndale scholars believe he also translated Joshua through 2nd Chronicles as published in the Matthew Bible of 1537.
William Tyndale was arrested in 1535 and held in prison for over 500 days. In 1536 he was strangled and burned at the stake outside Brussels.
At the time he translated the Bible into English, it was illegal to do so in England. He left England around 1524 to do his translation work in Germany and Antwerp, Belgium between 1525 and 1535.
The pocket-sized Bible translations he published were smuggled back into England even though those who owned them were also under the same threat of death which Tyndale suffered.
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The British Library paid over one million pounds in 1994 for an original copy of the 1526 New Testament. A facsimile (digital photocopy) of this same New Testament is available in our store — for a very reasonable price.
We have items in the store related to William Tyndale and items related to the King James Bible. Some are very inexpensive.
One example, you can rent or purchase via streaming the “Man with a Mission” documentary which features Tyndale scholar, David Daniell. It is very low cost, but quite an interesting video.
Man with a Mission: William Tyndale–DVD
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