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The year is 1525 and books written by reformers like Martin Luther are being burned all over Europe. For Tom Barton, who smuggles such books into England, the ban is an opportunity to make money. But when Tom meets William Tyndale, who defies the king and distributes Bibles to the common people, he realizes that the Reformation is more than a money-maker and that spreading God's Word is worth risking one's life. Recommended for ages 10 to 14.

In this episode The Torchlighters follows William'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. Come along and see whether this torchlighter completes his task before the king's men close in on him. Approx. 30 minutes + extras.

Special Features:

  • English and Spanish Languages
  • English Subtitles
  • Stimulating interview with Dr. David Daniell and tyndale scholar
  • Fascinating interview with actor Russell Boulter (voice of Tyndale)
  • Comprehensive leader's guide with background information, timeline of the period, additional resources, and more
  • Reproducible student handouts, including comprehension and discussion questions, puzzles, activities, coloring, and more

    Read the 16th century story of William Tyndale, who wants to translate the Bible into English. He feels that the common people of England should be able to read the Scriptures for themselves. The church and government violently disagree.

    Collin Hartley, a boy and Tydale's helper, works with him on this dangerous project. Tydale has to flee to Europe for his life, and Collin goes along. Their enemies follow and try to capture them, but Tyndale manages to complete his translation work. Then, he mush smuggle the English-language Bibles into England. Along with Collin Hartley, you will participate in all the important events of this daring story. Recommended for ages 9 and up.

    A true story, God's Outlaw is about international politics, church intrigue, cold-blooded betrayal, and false justice ending in a criminal's death. But it's also about victorious faith and spiritual triumph over some of the greatest political and religious forces known in the 16th century. This 93-minute film depicts William Tyndale's obsession with translating the Bible into English, and the voyage he made to avoid capture by kings and the pope. The tale of how he lived and died as "God's outlaw" is a compelling story and is especially a moving encouragement for modern people of faith. Approx. 93 minutes.

    Special features:

    • Chapter titles for easy access
    • Biographical information on Director and leading actors
    • In the DVD-Rom folder: Christian History magazine article and study guide/worksheets in PDF format
    • Abridged version with commentary by Ken Curtis
    • Subtitles in English
    • Audio: English, Spanish, Portuguese and Korean

      A beautiful literary tribute to the poet, martyr, expatriate, outlaw, and original translator of the English Bible. In this personable, historical narrative, Teems brings wit and wisdom to the story of the English "Paul" who defied a tyrannical church in order to introduce God's Word to the common people. 304 pages, softcover from Nelson.

        This major biography traces the dramatic life of William Tynedale, the first person to translate the Bible into English from the original Greek and Hebrew, and discusses the profound religious, literary, intellectual, and social implications of his immenese achievement. Tyndale's masterful translation, which gave the laity access to God, formed the basis of all English bibles, including the King James Bible, and made significant and lasting contributions to the English language.

            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.

                  Works by WIlliam Tyndale

                  1. Tyndale's New Testament, softcover
                    David Daniell, ed.
                    Yale University Press / 1996 / Trade Paperback
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                  2. The Obedience of a Christian Man
                    William Tyndale
                    Penguin Classics / 2000 / Trade Paperback
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                  3. Doctrinal Treatises and  Introductions to Different Portions of the Holy Scriptures
                    William Tyndale, Henry Walter
                    Wipf & Stock / 2005 / Trade Paperback
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