Posts by Herbert Samworth

Can I Know the Bible is the Word of God? Part 1

By Dr. Herbert Samworth   There is often great stress placed on the importance of reading and studying the Bible. People are exhorted to make daily Bible reading a priority in their lives. All of this is good and we would join in the encouragement of such a practice. However, a person, when beginning a course of Bible reading, is often faced with the question of how can he know that the...

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The Writings of J. F. Mozley

By Dr. Herbert Samworth   J. F. Mozley was the author of three books that are foundational to the history and translation of the English Bible. The first was entitled William Tyndale and was written and published in 1937. This was followed in 1940 by his vindication of John Foxe and his book Acts and Monuments. The third and final book dealt with the work of Miles Coverdale, called Coverdale and...

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The Life of William Tyndale – Part 7

TYNDALE AND HIS TRACTS – by Dr. Herbert Samworth   Before Tyndale departed from Worms, he issued his first tract, exclusive of his translations of the Word of God. It was entitled a Compendious introduction, prologue or preface of Paul to the Romans. This is the first tract that Tyndale authored and although he did not attach his name to it, it was quickly recognized as his work. It was...

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The Life of William Tyndale – Part 6

The Life of William Tyndale – Part 6

TYNDALE IN WORMS – by Dr. Herbert Samworth After their effort to have the New Testament printed in Cologne was frustrated, William Tyndale and William Roye fled up the Rhine River to the city the Worms. Just five years before, Martin Luther had taken his noble stand for the Reformation in that very city. Like much of William Tyndale’s life and deeds, there is a paucity of information about...

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Sir Thomas More – A Man for All Seasons

A Review by Dr. Herbert Samworth   I recently had the opportunity to see a film on the life of Sir Thomas More. It was subtitled “A Man for all Seasons.” The film swept the Academy Awards when it was first released over forty years ago. It would be interesting to consider exactly why that subtitle was chosen. It may have been because of More’s varied career as a humanist and social critic, after...

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The Life of William Tyndale – Part 5

The Life of William Tyndale – Part 5

TYNDALE IN GERMANY – by Dr. Herbert Samworth If the earlier events of Tyndale’s life can only be sketched in outline, the years after his departure from England in late 1523 or early 1524 provide even more of a puzzle. We know that Tyndale came to the conclusion that he could not translate the Scriptures into English in London or even in England itself. Consequently he left his native...

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The Life of William Tyndale – Part 4

The Life of William Tyndale – Part 4

TYNDALE IN LONDON – by Dr. Herbert Samworth In the rehearsal of William Tyndale’s period of residence in London, we have as many of the original sources as for any time of his life. In his prologue to the books of Moses, published in Antwerp in 1530, Tyndale recounted the events that led him to London. As a result there are many who believe that Tyndale first formulated his plans to...

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The Life of William Tyndale – Part 3

The Life of William Tyndale – Part 3

LITTLE SODBURY MANOR – by Dr. Herbert Samworth The narration of Tyndale’s life has brought us to the year 1521. We are now on firmer ground as regards his activities. In that year he left Cambridge University and returned to his ancestral home – Gloustershire. He became a tutor to the children of Sir John and Lady Anne Walsh at Little Sudbury Manor, their home. Once again, we are faced...

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Matthew’s Bible

Matthew’s Bible

Due to the Constitutions of Oxford that passed in 1408 under the direction of Thomas Arundel, the Archbishop of Canterbury, translations of the Bible into English were forbidden. This action was in response to the work of John Wyclif under whose supervision the entire Bible had been translated from the Vulgate into English. For the following one hundred and thirty years, this prohibition would...

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The Life of William Tyndale – Part 2

The Life of William Tyndale – Part 2

TYNDALE AT CAMBRIDGE – by Dr. Herbert Samworth In our first study of Tyndale’s life, we have traced his birth, upbringing, and education at Oxford University. This brought us to the year 1516 and William Tyndale would have been about twenty-two years of age. The activities of Tyndale after the completion of his studies at Oxford are not certain. However, on the authority of John Foxe,...

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How We Got the Bible

A BOOK FOR EVERY LIBRARY A book review by Dr. Herbert Samworth of Neil R. Lightfoot, How We Got the Bible, third edition, revised and expanded, Baker Books, 2003 When one reads a review of a book, he frequently meets such words as multum in parvo, a book that belongs in every library, or a book that provides a good starting place. Seldom do books live up to such enthusiastic commendations, but...

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The Life of William Tyndale – Part 1

The Life of William Tyndale – Part 1

TYNDALE’S BIRTH AND EDUCATION – by Dr. Herbert Samworth Among many Christians the King James Bible is considered to be the standard of accuracy and scholarship. Yet, nearly eighty-five percent of its majestic prose of the New Testament is the work of an individual who labored nearly ninety years before its publication. That individual was William Tyndale and he can rightly be...

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