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Tyndale: the Man Who Gave God an English Voice

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It was an outlawed book, a text so dangerous “it could only be countered by the most vicious burnings, of books and men and women.” But what book could incite such violence and bloodshed? The year is 1526. It is the age of Henry VIII and his tragic Anne Boleyn, of Martin Luther and Thomas More. The times are treacherous. The Catholic Church controls almost every aspect of ...more
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Published 2012 by Thomas Nelson
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Aug 28, 2015 Alice rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars
I didn't know much about Tyndale except that he translated the Bible into England as was killed for being a heretic ! The book was written in First person (As if the writer is talking to you) and that is okay but it was also a little strange. The details and facts are interesting but I wouldn't say it is a particularity well written book, but I learned some things and that is cool!

In my belief system... I owe a lot to Tyndale. To think that he wanted "the plow-boy" to know more of the scripture
Feb 03, 2013 Brenton rated it really liked it
Little is known about the life of the man whose voice has done more to shape English translations than any other. This new biography adds no knew information, but admirably demonstrates how Tyndale shaped the English language through his magnificent translation, much of which was incorporated into the King James Version. His was a life of banishment, betrayal, and martyrdom. He was a man of extraordinary talents and courage. This will probably become the standard work on Tyndale, though at times ...more
Hank Pharis
Jul 18, 2014 Hank Pharis rated it liked it
What an amazing story. Imagine a world with no English Bibles. Imagine a man risking everything and staying on the run for years in order to translate the Bible into English. Imagine being convicted of heresy for translating the Bible into English and then being strangled before being burned at the stake.
It is variously estimated that 75-85% of the King James Version was taken directly from Tyndale's translation of the Bible. His was the first English translation to be done from the Greek and He
Jul 07, 2013 Dkovlak rated it really liked it
This is a very good book. It does a great job of sharing what times were like in England and Europe in the 1600s. Tyndale was truly gifted and a gift to mankind. He devoted his life to making the Bible readable and understandable to the comment man and woman. He is one of many who died for his faith.
Catalina Rembuyan
Nov 01, 2015 Catalina Rembuyan rated it really liked it
Some context: after reading fictional works like Wolf Hall (Hilary Mantel) and A Man for All Seasons (Robert Bolt), I have developed a very strong interest in the English Reformation (my favourite Tudor 'characters' being Thomas More, Anne Boleyn, and Thomas Cromwell). Tyndale fascinates many firstly for his role as an early translator of Scripture into English, and secondly for the obsessiveness that More pursued him to his death. I purchased this biography in the hopes that I would be reading ...more
Jul 21, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Teems writes weird. By 'weird', I don't mean bad, I just mean 'different'. I wouldn't call this book an account of Tyndale's life, rather, I would call it a 'conversation/discussion' of his life. Perhaps my choice of words seems strange as one can't really have a conversation or a discussion without a participant; but those are the words that come to mind. In a sense, I did feel as though I was participating. Mr. Teems gives you his own thoughts about different events, stating what he finds ...more
Phil Whittall
Jun 10, 2016 Phil Whittall rated it liked it
Prior to reading this biography of William Tyndale I knew very little about him and now he enters the ranks as one of my heroes of the faith.

It is an odd twist of history that Tyndale is so relatively unknown given his immense contribution to the English language and the reformation in England. As the first translator of the Bible into English (and yes I do know about Wycliffe) every English Bible I own owes a huge debt to Tyndale, they are all his descendants. Not only that but my very Protesta
Deborah Sloan
Jul 21, 2014 Deborah Sloan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

In all my years as a Christian I have often heard the name William Tyndale spoken in conversation or referenced in printed material, yet it was difficult to really pinpoint who this man really was. Yes, I knew he was a man of God, but who really was he, what was his life like is what I really wanted to get to the bottom of.

For those of us involved in social media networking you’ll be surprised to find that it was Tyndale who coined the term network. Who knew that word would or could arise in 153
Brandon Cannon
Dec 03, 2016 Brandon Cannon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
it's amazing what people did to forward the Gospel. We have so much to be thankful for and to love up too.
Vera Godley
Dec 30, 2011 Vera Godley rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Bible version history students
Meet William Tyndale, a contemporary of Martin Luther, and Thomas Moore. David Teems presents a thorough history of the life and work of William Tyndale and how he was persecuted because he wished to create a Bible in the language of the people of his time and place - the English. Previous to this time (by two centuries) Wycliff, translated the Bible into English. Wycliff's English Bible did, indeed, impact the translation work done by Tyndale. Tyndale's work was, however, translated from the ...more
Robert Stump
Feb 10, 2012 Robert Stump rated it it was amazing
Homo Homini Lupus

That the English language is the language as we know it owes more to William Tyndale than to Chaucer or Shakespeare or any other better known figure. William Tyndale brought to life by his tireless labors the Word of God in English. David Teems' Tyndale is this story, not the story of the man and the martyr, but the story of the book.

Teems manages to weave a complex story of more than just the man and out of disparate and inconclusive pieces
Jul 21, 2014 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Culture grew within and around the Church. She was the watchful parent. And membership was not optional, "It was not a mattter of choice, it was compulsory and without alternative, which gave it a hold not easy to dislodge."
The renaissance, however, with its discovery of the New World with its reinterpretation of the cosmos and man's reassigned place within it,with the downsizing of the great myths that had driven culture along, allowed man to reimagine himself. And becoming self-aware, he didn
Jul 21, 2014 M.E. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Tyndale, the title itself declares the subject of the book. It’s about the life of a gifted and courageous man named William Tyndale, who used the gifts God granted him and produced a Bible for the people, in a language they could understand. In a time when God’s Word was not available to everyone, except the clergy, Tyndale accepted his calling; even to the extent of exile, to produce the English B
Frank Peters
Jul 21, 2014 Frank Peters rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a biography of William Tyndale, written by David Teems. Tyndale, is best known for being the second person (after Wycliffe) to translate the bible into English. Unlike Wycliffe, who used the latin vulgate as his source, Tyndale used the recent Greek version of the bible published by the scholar Erasmus. In addition, due to the printing press, the medieval Catholic Church was unable to suppress Tyndale’s translation in the same way they were able to suppress Wycliffe’s. This translation ...more
Feb 11, 2012 Steve rated it liked it
In Tyndale: The Man Who Gave God an English Voice, author David Teems leads readers through a period in European history when translating the Bible into the vernacular was ultimately an offense punishable by death. He attempts to follow the life of William Tyndale, the father of the first English Bible while also doing a fair bit of exegesis along the way.

One of the drawbacks to this book is the fact that little is known about Tyndale’s life. Because of this Teems has forgone the traditional ch
Feb 20, 2015 Kingsley rated it really liked it
The information that we know for sure about William Tyndale would probably struggle to fill a book of half this size. There just isn't much verifiable information out there. Teems therefore doesn't limit himself to telling about Tyndale's biography but uses Tyndale as a springboard to talk about several topics. The book is always disappearing off on some tangent, before coming back to the main focus of Tyndale's life. There are whole years of his life where it appears he does little, because he ...more
Apr 08, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it
I almost gave this three stars because of Teems's obvious bias (he confesses in the epilogue that he has "spun out all his superlatives"--um, yup!) but I bumped it to four because Tyndale's life, work, and the time in which he lived are simply fascinating. There are a lot of tangents describing Tyndale's contemporaries, which I didn't mind because they were so interesting. On the primary concern of Tyndale's heresy, I couldn't help but draw modern parallels, with fragments of the LDS church on ...more
Jul 21, 2014 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in the Bible in English!
We think we speak English, but actually we speak Tyndalian! Tyndale is one of the great heros of the ages. His desire for the common English "plowboy" to have the scriptures in his own language led to his translation of all of the New Testament and some of the Old Testament. While this effort cost him his life as a heretic, the King James translators would later draw heavily on his translation: "One estimate suggests the New Testament in the King James Version is 83% Tyndale's." In Tyndale's ...more
Adam Shields
Jul 17, 2012 Adam Shields rated it it was ok
Short Review - Tyndale: The Man Who Gave God an English Voice - Almost nothing is known about Tyndale's life. So this was a very speculative biography. The problem is that it was not always clear when he was being speculative. Also he tried to gain insight by comparing Tyndale to other authors. Which was a nice literary device, but not useful. We do not really know anything about Tyndale's exile by comparing it to Thomas Wolfe traveling Europe. Third, he attributed being first with intention. So ...more
Nov 25, 2012 Stuart rated it really liked it
A very good picture of what is known about the man and his influence. Teems' personal approach to the narrative helps to communicate his enthusiasm for Tyndale and the period. This was such an interesting time for thought and Tyndale's unique perspective both on the church and the nascent reformation thinkers. Though well read, Tyndale seems to come to his own conclusion on the mis-steps of Catholicism from nearly-pure scriptural study. Strongly recommended for any interested in the period or a ...more
Apr 15, 2012 Naomi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, christianity
Lovers of the English language, Protestants, and those who appreciate the Bible in their own language will find Teems' biography of Tyndale sympathetic, appreciative, and exultant in Tyndale's great life project. For those less familiar with the history of the English Bible, or who believe the King James Version (KJV) to be the great shaper of English literature, meet William Tyndale, whose translation so greatly informed the KJV, and whose most poetic of translations continue to resound in the ...more
David Bertrand
Jul 28, 2013 David Bertrand rated it it was amazing
Mr Teems does a very good job with the information he has about the life of William Tyndall. Although Tyndall has started to get a little more press over the past 10 years, David Teems style turns it into a compelling narrative most of the time. There is a section early into the second half of the book that seems a little light on facts but maybe that is to be expected of someone who done his greatest works undercover for so many years. Whether you share Tyndall's beliefs or not, his drive ...more
Lauren Albert
Teems is in love with Tyndale. He can be rather gushy. Don't get me wrong, Tyndale was a great man as far as I can tell, and made a beautiful translation of the Bible, but the problem with historians who love their subject is that it can put into doubt whatever they write.

The other weird thing is that he brings in Thomas Wolfe and Walt Whitman more than once. Whitman I can almost understand since he has a "religious" voice. But Wolfe?

Anyway, considering how little evidence there is, Teems does
Jul 21, 2014 Rae rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I LOVED this book. William Tyndale was an amazing man. I have such respect for him and the work he did, and the author of this book captures that feeling--a reverence for this man's life and his work, and an understanding of who he was and why he did what he did. Very well written. A great read, especially for not being a novel. Enlightening. I see my Bible differently now, and I recognize more fully that God has prepared people throughout the ages to do his work. Worth the read.
Mar 01, 2015 Jenalyn rated it really liked it
What a fascinating man and such an interesting time period! A must-read for every Christian. At times a little dry, but the subject matter far-outweighed the sections where the author waxed long. I loved learning that many of our most common scriptural phrases come straight from Tyndale of Gloucestershire. He had such a huge impact on the English language as we know it, and on Christianity. Very interesting. (And now I fear I'm waxing long...)
Sergio Dongala
Mar 12, 2016 Sergio Dongala rated it really liked it
Amazing book about an amazing historical person.
The times were Tyndale lived were not easy, it was dificul for him to translate the bible.
By doing it he introduced alot of new words to english.

There are some holes in the book, but its dificul to tell a story from 16 century.
The writer captures the essencial about his life, and it gives us at the end a curiosity to study this book.
Mar 01, 2015 Alex rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology, history
The author might love the way that Tyndale rendered the bible into English, but his flowery prose was very annoying.

Also for a book on translation of the bible, there a major spelling errors in the few Greek words used, and the only Hebrew word in the the book is wrong. It is also the English text Tyndale's invention only or is Tyndale translating what is there in the Greek and Hebrew text?
Jan 03, 2013 Ed rated it it was amazing
Great information about the man who is responsible for about 90% of the King James Version of the Bible. Sad end for such a brilliant man. I really liked the book, helped me understand a lot about how the Bible was translated into English.
Nov 20, 2015 Rebekah rated it really liked it
Not a quick read for me, but I really enjoyed it. Teems seems to have a unique biographers voice from others I have read.
Sanela Tutaris
Jul 25, 2013 Sanela Tutaris rated it it was amazing
heart wrenching, especially at the end when he is burnt at the this quote by him: "Where the Spirit is there is always summer."
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Recording artist, songwriter, and speaker,David Teems is the author of Tyndale: The Man Who Gave God an English Voice , Majestie: The King Behind the King James Bible , To Love is Christ , Discovering Your Spiritual Center , and And There by Hangs a Tale . Teems earned his BA in Psychology at Georgia State University. David and his wife Benita live in Franklin, Tennessee near their sons Adam and ...more
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