Thursday, January 5, 2012

Book review: Tyndale by David Teems

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book through in exchange for an honest review. The opinion expressed in this review are my own and have not been influenced by either booksneeze or the author.

This book was my first exposure to the life and work of Tyndale. I chose this book initially because I like biographies and had not read anything about the person before this book. In addition, the subject matter interested me because I am Lutheran and wanted to learn how the original English translation of the Bible was accomplished. I was struck by the similarities between the struggle of Luther and Tyndale, both of whom faced significant opposition for their undertaking and overcame them at great personal sacrifice.
Maybe the most surprising part of the book for me was the discovery that during the translation of the Bible and through his work, William Tyndale also greatly contributed to the growth of the English vocabulary in general.

I rarely speak out a high recommendation for a book that is heavy on religious themes because I know that people may have strong thoughts for or against the book based on the religious component alone. Even though this book deals to a significant degree with religion and the character of William Tyndale is clearly associated with a strong religious belief and a contribution to Christianity, I highly recommend this book because of the complete picture of the person of Tyndale drawn by the author and the book is written almost like a history book, exposing the reader to the era overall.

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