David Teems writes a thorough as possible biography of William Tyndale. What is known of Tyndale falls into three categories: documented truth, possible truth, and legend/folklore. David gives a brief overview of Tyndale’s life through his initial days as a student at Oxford. He then focuses on Tyndale’s life from his time at Oxford until he is martyred 6 October 1536. During this period is when we run into most of Tyndale’s legend.
I received the book in time for Christmas Eve and started reading it before company arrived. It then took me three days before I could read it again since it had been left at my parents’ place twice. Once I got the book back in hand, I started reading it every chance I had. I found it fascinating reading how we got the first English Bible based off the original languages of Hebrew and Greek not just the Latin Vulgate as Wycliffe translation was based. With Tyndale we saw a man that had determination and a love for God that ran deep. Seeing what he went through to get the New Testament translated as well as portions of the Old Testament kept me captivated. Also reading some of the potential though likely untrue conversations that happened as a process of trying to end Tyndale’s translation and publishing added a light side to a book that has several dark moments such as Tyndale going into exile and the fact that the catholic church was willing to dispose of anyone who did not blindly follow the teachings of the church and the pope no matter how much error there was in theology. Anyone who likes biographies, Bible history, or church history will find this book interesting. This is also good for someone who likes intrigue in the books they read.
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