Posts by Herbert Samworth

The Great Bible

The Great Bible

The Great Bible owes its origin to the desire of William Tyndale to provide the English ploughboy with the Word of God in his own language. This desire was reiterated in Tyndale’s last words, “Lord, open the eyes of the King of England.” Those stirring words were uttered outside the Vilvorde Prison on October 6, 1536 when William Tyndale was strangled and his body burned. During the time Tyndale...

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Worms New Testament

Worms New Testament

A RECENT DISCOVERY The providential care of God over His Word was aptly demonstrated by a discovery at the Wurttembergishe Landesbibliothek, Stuttgart, Germany in 1996. The directors of the Library were reclassifying their holdings of English books when they came across a book that they were unable to identify. Figure one shows the outside cover of the book with the engraving of a person with...

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The Life of William Tyndale – Part 10

The Life of William Tyndale – Part 10

THE SECOND EDITION NEW TESTAMENT – by Dr. Herbert Samworth   The months after the death of Frith were difficult for Tyndale. Not only did he lose the help of a trusted companion, what did his death communicate about the continued opposition to the Word of God by the English rulers? Although he had been tricked into putting his thoughts on the Eucharist into writing, Frith had stated...

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The Life of William Tyndale – Part 9

The Life of William Tyndale – Part 9

EVENTS AFTER 1530 – by Dr. Herbert Samworth Following the printing of the Pentateuch in 1530 we do not know much about Tyndale’s activities for a period of time. There was no doubt that he continued his work of translation. Perhaps this was when he began his translation on the following books of the Old Testament that John Rogers would incorporate in the Matthew’s Bible of 1537. However,...

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The Life of William Tyndale – Part 8

The Life of William Tyndale – Part 8

THE PENTATEUCH – by Dr. Herbert Samworth Finding that the situation had calmed down in Antwerp, Tyndale returned to the city sometime in 1529. Antwerp provided a number of advantages for Tyndale. First, it would be safer because the city did not have a cathedral with no resident Bishop who would be on the lookout for heretics and no university with a theological faculty. Antwerp was closer...

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Editio Regia

Editio Regia

The Greek New Testament of 1550   “The finest Greek text ever printed” is indeed high praise for any book. It is a book contained in the Van Kampen Collection and behind it is a fascinating story that merits telling. The book, also called the Editio Regia, was printed by Robert Stephanus in 1550 in Paris. However, some historical background is necessary to realize the importance of this...

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Geneva New Testament 1577

Geneva New Testament 1577

The Geneva Bible of 1560 is well-known to the English speaking people. It was the Bible of the Puritans and held the affection of the majority of the English people until well into the 17th century. For many years it proved to be even more popular than the King James Version initially printed in 1611. However, few persons are aware of a New Testament printed in 1557 that preceded the printing of...

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J. I. Packer and the Evangelical Future

A book review by Dr. Herbert Samworth   We are going to take a break from reviews of books that deal with the history of the Reformation and the Bible. Rather we will review a book edited by Timothy George entitled J. I. Packer and the Evangelical Future: the Impact of His Life and Thought and published by Baker Academic in 2009. The book consists of a series of essays analyzing the life and...

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The Writings of J. F. Mozley – John Foxe and his Book

A book review by Dr. Herbert Samworth   This is the third book written by J. F. Mozley that we are reviewing. However, it was the second that he wrote. It is entitled John Foxe and His Book. The name of the book itself is a clue to the manner in which Mozley writes. The book of course is Acts and Monuments or more popularly known as The Book of Martyrs. Undoubtedly there are few persons who have...

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The Writings of J. F. Mozley – Coverdale and his Bibles

A book review by Dr. Herbert Samworth   This is the second of the three books written by J. F. Mozley. The first, the Life of William Tyndale, was reviewed previously. The title of the second book is Coverdale and His Bibles. While it is quite different from the life of Tyndale it is very valuable. Before we begin our review of this book, it would be good to state that taken together, these two...

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The Writings of J. F. Mozley – William Tyndale

A book review by Dr. Herbert Samworth   This is the review of the first of the three books authored by J. F. Mozley and deals with the life of William Tyndale. When the Society for Promotion of Christian Knowledge (SPCK) published the book in 1937 it was the first major biography of Tyndale that appeared since the work of Robert Demaus in the late 19th century. It was not until 1994 that another...

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Can I Know the Bible is the Word of God? Part 2

By Dr. Herbert Samworth   In the first article of this series, we sought to answer the question regarding the question of how we can know the Bible is the Word of God. In this article we will attempt to show the evidence that the Bible speaks of itself regarding this question. The question deals with our belief that the Bible is the Word of God. In others words, we have faith that the Scriptures...

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