Thursday, 17 March 2011

Tyndale in Pennsylvania...

All stateside Members and Friends of The Tyndale Society are warmly invited to attend a lecture to be given on May 8th by eminent English Tyndale scholar Philip Arthur.

The event will begin at 3pm on May 8th, 2011 at London Grove Meeting House, 500 West Street Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348.

All enquiries: Helen Martin.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Cinderella moment for 400yr old Wiltshire Bible

Amateur historians in Wiltshire got a happy surprise recently when their researches unearthed a previously unknown 1611 copy of the King James Bible which had hitherto been sitting unnoticed on a shelf...

The Bible was brought to light by residents researching the history of St Laurence Church in Hilmarton, near Calne.

Geoff Procter, a member of the parochial church council, said that they had read about a 'fine chained Bible in a glass case' at the church. They then made the link with a Bible that had been sitting on a shelf at the church for a number of years.

There are fewer than 200 original printings of the King James version known to exist, and it is believed that the rediscovered Bible is one of the few remaining editions printed in 1611.

The residents now plan to display the discovery in a special glass case - partly for security and to protect it for future generations but also because the history books say it was kept in one.


Great & Manifold Blessings in Cambridge...

To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible, a special exhibition has opened at Cambridge University Library.

Currently on show are several rare Tyndale items including a little-known-about 1553 copy of Tyndale's New Testament.

The new exhibition 'Great and Manifold Blessings' tells the story of the genesis of the KJV, tracing back through the 'patchwork of the many versions produced, chiefly outside England, in the preceding century'.

The show will be open until 18th June (closed 22-25 April).

Opening hours: 9am-6pm Monday-Friday, 9am-4:30pm Saturday.
Admission: Free of charge
Location: See map here.

Brian Buxton

Monday, 14 March 2011

Message from Tyndale Society member Kaoru Yamazaki in Tokyo

I have experienced quakes but never on this level in my life.

It was a really scary experience! There are still lots of small aftershocks.

I feel as if I have travel sickness.

All train and subway services were stopped and it took a couple hours to get home by walking.

And mobile phones did not work at all, so it was a really long time before
finding out about my husband, Yuji, and other family members' safety.
But Thanks to God, we are all safe.

Today we went to Tesco to get bottled drinks and biscuits for emergency.
Nobody knows what is going to happen but I hope I don't have to eat these
foods and we can soon get back to a normal situation.

Just let you know that I am fine and in safety now.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Tyndale on TV...

Thanks to BBC Religion & Ethics insider Al Rodgers, for his tip-off about a new 'Tyndale' TV programme to be broadcast this coming weekend.

The show - Melvyn Bragg's 'The King James Bible: the Book that Changed the World' will air on Saturday March 12th on BBC2 at 8pm.

"Von Bismark said the defining feature of modern history was that the Americans spoke English. It was an English which largely stemmed from the Bible. In both cases, British and American, the King James Bible version swept round the globe in school assemblies, far flung churches, remotely stationed battalions... it was the Book of the community of English speaking peoples.

New words - we use them still: "scapegoat", "let there be light", "the powers that be", "my brother's keeper", "filthy lucre", "fight the good fight", "sick unto death", "flowing with milk and honey", "the apple of his eye", "a man after his own heart", "the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak", "signs of the times", "ye of little faith", "eat drink and be merry", "broken hearted", "clear eyed". And hundreds more: "fishermen", "landlady", "sea-shore", "stumbling block", "taskmaster", "two-edged", "viper", "zealous" and even "Jehovah" and "Passover" come into English through Tyndale. "Beautiful", a word which has meant only human beauty, was greatly widened by Tyndale, as were many others..."

BBC researchers originally contacted The Tyndale Society last autumn to investigate and verify details of Tyndale's dramatic part in the KJV's story.