January 28th, 2011
Received by FAB
I am here, William Tyndale.
You have watched a film tonight about my life. I watched it with
you. I feel it really captured the essence of what I tried to do.
[The film was God's Outlaw, 1986.] I had a soul sense that I would
be vindicated, and I was. I watched with excitement and joy after
my death as my work began to be accepted.
I did not find death a hardship, for I had reached a point in my
spiritual development where the things of God possessed me, so everything
else was easier to handle. I experienced the truth and strengthening
grace of faith.
My education continued over here, and I discovered that many things
I thought were true were not so.
In terms of the present moment, I wish to say that there is a very
big plan that God Is Preparing, and it will be obvious to all.
William Tyndale (sometimes spelled Tindall, Tindill, Tyndall;
c. 1494 1536) was a 16th century scholar and translator who
became a leading figure in Protestant reformism towards the end
of his life. He was influenced by the work of Desiderius Erasmus,
who made the Greek New Testament available in Europe, and Martin
Luther. Tyndale was the first to translate considerable parts of
the Bible into English, for a public, lay readership. While a number
of partial and complete translations had been made from the seventh
century onward, particularly during the 14th century, Tyndale's
was the first English translation to draw directly from Hebrew and
Greek texts, and the first to take advantage of the new medium of
print, which allowed for its wide distribution. This was taken to
be a direct challenge to the hegemony of both the Roman Catholic
church and the English church and state. Tyndale also wrote, in
1530, The Practyse of Prelates, opposing Henry VIII's divorce on
the grounds that it contravened scriptural law.
In 1535, Tyndale was arrested by church authorities and jailed
in the castle of Vilvoorde outside Brussels for over a year. He
was tried for heresy, strangled and burnt at the stake. The Tyndale
Bible, as it was known, continued to play a key role in spreading
Reformation ideas across Europe.
The fifty-four independent scholars who revised extant English
bibles, drew significantly on Tyndale's translations to create the
King James Version (or final "Authorised Version") of
1611 (still in mainstream use today). One estimation suggests the
King James New Testament is 83.7 % Tyndale's and the Old Testament
75.7 %. (Source: Wikipedia)