A beautiful literary tribute to William Tyndale, the poet-martyr-expatriate-outlaw-translator who gave us our English Bible
The English Bible was born in defiance, in exile, in flight, and in a form of exodus, the very elements that empowered William Tyndale to bring the English scripture to the common citizen. Being “a stranger in a strange land,” the very homesickness he struggled with gave life to the words of Jesus, Paul, and to the wandering Moses. Tyndale’s efforts ultimately cost him his life, but his contribution to English spirituality is measureless.
Even five centuries after his death at the stake, Tyndale’s presence looms wherever English is spoken. His single-word innovations, such as “Passover,” “beautiful,” and “atonement,” allowed the common man to more fully understand God’s blessings and promises. His natural lyricism shines in phrases like “Let not your hearts be troubled,” and “for Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory.” Every time we say the Lord’s Prayer as it is written in the King James Bible, use the word “love” as it is written in 1 Corinthians 13, or bless others with “The Lord bless thee and keep thee, the Lord make his face to shine upon thee,” we are reminded of the rich bounty Tyndale has given us.
Although Tyndale has been somewhat elusive to his biographers, Teems brings wit and wisdom to the story of the man known as the “architect of the English language,” the English Paul who defied a kingdom and a tyrannical church to introduce God to the plowboy.
Praise for Majestie: The King behind the King James Bible: “Engrossing and entertaining…A delightful read in every way.” (Publishers Weekly)
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I think the author did a good job of filling in the background of the time
It is true! I view my precious Bible in renewed light!! Tyndale was awesome and a great servant of God.
I always appreciate a good reader with goo inflection and good pace
Tyndale was betrayed by a horrible man and sent to prison. He died..twice...well..that wasn't really possible, but it was clear that his enemies wanted him dead. He was strangled and burned.
Unsung Hero of the English Language
I would eagerly listen to this again because it is packed full of details about the English language and I'm certain I did not absorb them all on the first listen.
Tyndale is the star while Thomas Moore plays a nasty villain in this real life drama.
It seems only fitting to have a distinctly English voice reading us this masterpiece. His voice transported me to the 1500s.
I was moved on two levels, spiritually and intellectually. As a Christ follower the sacrifices of Tyndale are inspiring and I realize the great debt I owe to him as a fellow believer. As a lover of words I was intrigued by the parallels Teems draws between Tyndale and Shakespeare.
The ending is superb in its humility, so persevere through to the end.