William Tyndale tops King Henry VIII’s “Most Wanted” list in 1535 and is being pursued across Europe by the king’s bounty hunters. What is his crime? Murder? Theft? No, none of these. William Tyndale’s “crime” is translating the Bible into English for the common people. Is he willing to risk his life for this cause? This episode of The Torchlighters follows William Tyndale’s adventures as he works in secret, moving from town to town as a fugitive to avoid capture. Friends and allies help him along, but enemies may be lurking around any corner.
“The William Tyndale Story” is a powerful, animated feature about the man who wanted to translate the Bible into English for the common person to read. He wanted to see God’s people fed and a plow boy to know more Scripture than church leaders. This resulted in William being unpopular with many of the leaders of the church. He was even called a heretic.
The scholarly Tyndale knew eight languages, and worked hard to translate the Scriptures because most of the people of that time period (the 1500s) did not know how to read or understand Latin and relied on church leaders to guide them. William learned the Bishop of London could commission a Bible translation, but when he asked permission he was turned down. This is when he decided to write the English translation without the church’s permission.
Tyndale was burned at the stake, but just two years later the king allowed Tyndale’s English Bible to be read in public. This inspiring story is awarded our Dove Seal for all ages and five Doves, our best rating. Tyndale’s influence on English Bible translations is still felt to this day.