On November 17, 2017, the much-anticipated Museum of the Bible will be opening in Washington, D.C. with more than 40,000 objects on display in a 430,000-square-foot structure, three blocks from the Capitol Building. The collection includes artifacts from the time of Abraham, fragments from the Dead Sea Scrolls, as well as biblical papyri and manuscripts, Torah scrolls, and rare printed Bibles.
This week, 480 years ago, William Tyndale was strangled to death and then burned. One of his offenses was the translation of the Bible into English from Hebrew and Greek—a capital crime at that time.
Not even death, however, could stop the impact of Tyndale’s translations. The words that Tyndale left behind would reshape not only the work of English-speaking theologians and pastors but also the English language itself. This story of how we got the Bible and how these words have shaped the world is a story that every believer in Jesus Christ should know—including our children.