New Book on William Tyndale by Steven Lawson

William Tyndale’s Portrait by Steven Lawson | Ligonier Ministries Blog.

Daring Mission-Tyndale-2015Reformation Trust has just published the latest title in its significant series “A Long Line of Godly Men.” From the pen of Steven Lawson once again, comes this new book on William Tyndale, carrying the title, The Daring Mission of William Tyndale.

This is one you will want to add to your family or personal library for good Reformation history reading. If you have not seen the other volumes in this series, be sure to browse Reformation Trust’s pages (see the link above).

Ligonier recently did a post on this new book, pulling an excerpt from it (visit the link above or here for this). I take a portion of this for my post today.

For context, Lawson is referring to a portrait of Tyndale he has in his study. Concerning its details he writes:

Beneath the Bible, the artist has painted an unfurled banner, seemingly suspended in air. Signifying Tyndale as an Oxford and Cambridge scholar, the writing on the banner is in Latin: Hac ut luce tuas dispergam Roma tenebras sponte extorris ero sponte sacrificium. This means, “To scatter Roman darkness by this light, the loss of land and life I will reckon slight.” This bold message represents the life’s mission of Tyndale. By translating the Bible into English, this brilliant linguist ignited the flame that would banish the spiritual darkness in England. Tyndale’s translation of the Scriptures unveiled the divine light of biblical truth that would shine across the English-speaking world, ushering in the dawning of a new day.

In the background of this portrait, behind Tyndale, are the words Gulielmus Tindilus Martyr. This is the Latin rendering of this scholar’s first and last name, along with the word martyr, which identifies the high cost paid by Tyndale to bring the Scriptures into the language of his countrymen. This heroic figure died a martyr’s death in 1536, strangled to death by an iron chain, after which his corpse was burned and blown up by gunpowder that had been spread around his incinerated body.

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