Monday, 6 October 2014


1536: On October 6, William Tyndale, who translated the first English Bible, is executed for heresy in Vilvoorde, the Netherlands.

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Stop the presses!

TSJ43 is out--packed with fascinating and absorbing historical coverage, commentary and analysis of Tyndale and his contemporaries, featuring recent Reformation documentaries. If you have any questions, contact the editor Neil Inglis at

Friday, 7 March 2014

A feeling faith, thanks to Tyndale

Key quote: "Tyndale, convinced that English men and women needed to hear God's Word in their own language, published in 1526 the first English New Testament translated from the Greek text. Throughout the 10 years of ministry that followed, he often spoke of "feeling" -- a term he used in his earliest translation of Romans 5.

In this passage, the apostle Paul writes that we have peace with God because we are justified by faith. Moreover, by God's grace we have hope. In fact, faith gives us hope even amid tribulation. For this reason, we should rejoice in suffering. After all, Paul writes, suffering produces perseverance, which produces "feeling." At least, "feeling" is the term that Tyndale used to translate a Greek word, dokimen, rendered elsewhere as "experience," "character" or "proven character" (Romans 5:1-4)."

Monday, 27 January 2014

Gregory Cromwell and other Cromwell descendants

Key quote: "Thomas Cromwell, third and youngest son of Gregory Cromwell and Elizabeth Seymour, had not only the given name, but also the exhaustive work ethic and obviously high intellect of his magnificent grandfather. A Parliamentary member of the House of Commons for five consecutive terms from 1571 to 1589, Cromwell represented first Fowey in 1571, then Bodmin from 1572 to 1581, from there Preston in 1584, and finally Grampound from 1586 to 1588. The Fowey, Bodmin and Grampound appointments were secured almost assuredly through William Cecil, while the Preston appointment came through Ralph Sadler."

Servetus in Arizona

Key quote: "The story of Michael Servetus and the development of Unitarian Universalism will be told in a series of videos, “Long Strange Trip,” by Ron Cordes set to begin Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Mountain Home, 401 E. Ninth St.
When John Calvin burned Servetus at the stake in 1553, he ignited the flame that ultimately led to the rise of theology long suppressed by the Council of Nicea. The theology Servetus championed was the forerunner of the rise of Unitarianism.
Servetus also was a scholar and physician who first recognized the path of blood in pulmonary circulation. The story of Servetus and the survival of what was thought to be the last copy of his book is told in “Out of the Flames” by Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone."

Friday, 17 January 2014

William Tyndale mentioned in the NYT Review of Books!

By John Sutherland
Yale University, $25. 

Key quote: "The Bible chapter centers on William Tyndale, for example, imprisoned and executed for heresy, whose early translation of the New Testament, banned in England, would become the foundation for the King James Bible published in 1611: “It has been estimated that 80 percent of the King James Version is verbally unaltered from Tyndale’s translation of 80 years earlier.”