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The Lonely Man The Banks of the Thames W illiam Tyndale gave his life for the Bible. In London, England, his monument stands on the banks of the River Thames with “Book in hand.” One wonders what he would think today of the commercialization of the Bible and the irreverent handling of the Word of Truth. William Tyndale was born in the early 1490s in the County of Gloucester, England. Very little is known of his childhood. Our first historical notice of him in 1512 was after he had graduated from the University of Oxford. After this he went to Cambridge where it is most likely he met Hugh Latimer. Tyndale ministered in Bristol where he was arrest- ed. The charge against him: “SPREADING HERESY IN AND ABOUT THE TOWN OF BRISTOL.” Limited space in this article will not allow discussion of details that led to Tyndale's pas- sion for publishing the Bible but by 1525 his work was underway at a fervent pace. inding publication in England impossi- ble, he fled to Hamburg in 1524. Some of Tyndale's friends who had helped him in London were arrested and punished. It is believed that Tyndale visited Martin Luther in Wittenberg. The translator was brilliant, having a wonderful knowledge of language. He was so proficient in German, Dutch, Italian and Spanish that whichever he might be speaking, the hearer would think it to be his native tongue. In 1525 a translation of Matthew and Mark was being printed by Tyndale at Cologne. This was stopped by an injunction by the dean of Frankfurt. When one door closed behind him, he opened another. The translator moved to Worms where he com- pleted the printing of 3,000 New Testaments, which were smuggled into England. William Tyndale had the ability to work at a tremendous pace, perhaps sensing a short- F William Tyndale on the banks of the Thames River, London — Photo by James Ray 8 • NATIONS