Let there be lightWritten by Carole Cox
In October we can celebrate the life and work of William Tyndale. His life was devoted to the translation of the Bible from Latin and Hebrew into the everyday language of the people in the 15th century. He did all his work of translation in Germany and the Low Countries, as it was forbidden in England. He famously said, “a boy that driveth the plough” will be able to read the scriptures for himself. The new translations were smuggled into England via the 'cloth routes'. Merchants came from Europe to the Cotswolds to buy fleeces and wool. The small Bibles were hidden in bales of cloth.
Tyndale was harried and imprisoned as a heretic and finally burnt at the stake; a martyr in 1536. His beautiful phrases were taken later into the 1611 King James version of the Bible, where we can still read them today:
'Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God'
'Let not your hearts be troubled’
'A new commandment I give unto you,
that you love one another as I have loved you'
‘Ye are the salt of the earth’
On Prison Sunday, 10 October, there will be a speaker from Winchester Prison in Abbey URC to tell us more about his life and work.