In all my years as a Christian I have often heard the name William Tyndale spoken in conversation or referenced in printed material, yet it was difficult to really pinpoint who this man really was. Â Yes, I knew he was a man of God, but who really was he, what was his life like is what I really wanted to get to the bottom of.
For those of us involved in social media networking youâ€™ll be surprised to find that it was Tyndale who coined the term network. Â Who knew that word would or could arise in 1530? Â I certainly would not have expected it, but it happened. Â It is safe to say that without Tyndale we probably would not have had the English we know today. Â The man who translated the Bible into the tongue of the common man for all to know the word of God.
Prior to that it was only in the hands of the church in Latin and the rich who could read Latin. Â In the days of Henry VIII you were required to attend church but couldnâ€™t understand the â€œmagical seemingâ€ words being said. Â Along came Martin Luther who translated the Bible into German giving boldness to Tyndale to do the same for the people of his country England. Â Both gave the church such a fit that it would lead to death and destruction for those who possessed, read, or harbored these individuals in the way of burningsÂ reminiscent of witch trials. Â In fact only 3 known copies of Tyndaleâ€™s original work are inÂ existenceÂ today. Â Just a few of the amazing facts youâ€™llÂ gleanÂ from reading this book.
I highly recommend reading Tyndale by David Teems who has managed to put together the life and times of this great man without theÂ fantasyÂ prone additions that others have used when writing about Tyndale based on what little records are available from that time period. Â I give it 5 stars for itâ€™s historical account, literary knowledge, and reading interest.