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The Geneva Bible It is surprising that the name of William Tyndale is not more familiar, for there is no man who did more to enrich the English language. Tyndale is the man who taught England how to read and showed Shakespeare how to write. No English writer -- not even Shakespeare -- has reached so many.  According to a recent exhibit co-sponsored by the British Library and the Library of Congress: "Contrary to what history teaches about Chaucer being the father of the English Language, this mantle belongs to William Tyndale, whose work was read by ten thousand times as many people as Chaucer."

Tyndale’s contributions, enshrined in his and subsequent English Bibles, molded the speech of even those who condemned him. The British Library described Tyndale’s New Testament as "the most important printed book in the English language" and paid more than one million pounds for it.  Only two complete copies are known to have survived: most were burned or literally read to pieces.
The burning of books ...
Tyndale was a man of heroic stature and died a martyr’s death. In England alone, more than 1,000 people were burned between 1400 and 1557 for the sake of the Gospel. Tyndale’s books and tracts (or "pestilent glosses" as his enemies referred to them) were smuggled into England wrapped in bales of wool or cloth, or sacks of flour by fellow "Lollards".  Had he remained a Catholic priest Tyndale would no doubt have been canonized as a saint, but had he remained a Catholic he would not have attempted to translate the Bible without official sanction. Although the Bible was available in the vernacular in much of Europe, the only version of the Scripture tolerated in England was St. Jerome’s Latin translation which dated back to the 4th century. It was thus a closed book even to most clergymen. Tyndale was determined to make God’s Word accessible to all men.
  T h e  "C r i m e s" o f   W i l l i a m  T y n d a l e . . .
First:      He maintains that faith alone justifies.
Second:   He maintains that to believe in the forgiveness of sins and to embrace
                the mercy offered in the Gospel, is enough for salvation.
Third:    He avers that human traditions cannot bind the conscience, except 
                 where their neglect might occasion scandal.
Fourth:  He denies the freedom of the will.
Fifth:     He denies that there is any purgatory.
Sixth:     He affirms that neither the Virgin nor the Saints pray for us in their 
                 own person.
Seventh: He asserts that neither the Virgin nor the Saints should be invoked by us.

Visit our William Tyndale Galleries:
Gallery 1:  A Brief Introduction
Gallery 2:  The "Crimes" of William Tyndale
Gallery 3:  Tyndale's Importance as a Translator
Gallery 4:  Prison Letter and Portrait
Gallery 5:  Characters in Tyndale's Life
An Account of Tyndale's Life by John Foxe
Death of the Great Reformer of England by d’Aubigne
Sir Thomas More's Controversy with Tyndale
Tyndale's Pathway to Scriptures
Tyndale's A Brief Declaration of the Sacraments
Tyndale's Prologue to the Epistle to the Romans
A Timeline: William Tyndale & the Reformation
Why Were Our Reformers Burned?
History of the English Bible
Transmission of the Bible

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