Throughout the world today, people are learning to be more efficient farmers, to keep more sanitary houses, and to prevent diseases all because someone was committed to bringing them the Bible in their native tongue. This connection may not be obvious at first. After all, what does the Sacred Writ really have to do with better medical techniques or the production of crops? The answer may be simpler than you imagine.
Each of the 7,000 languages spoken in the world today began as an oral form of communication. While this allows people to communicate their immediate needs, it is rarely an efficient form of accurately conveying information in the long term. Like a game of “telephone”, verbal instructions can be warped and mutilated until what began as history and good advice becomes legend and folklore. The ability to write changes this… and frequently this transformation begins with the work of men and women dedicated to sharing the words of the Bible. It’s a story shared by literally thousands of languages, including (not too long ago) our own.
That’s why, this week, we’re featuring the 60 minute DVD “William Tyndale: His Life, His Legacy”. Brief and informative, this winner of the 2004 WORLDFEST International Film Festival GOLD Special Jury Award will introduce you to the man whose efforts to make the Holy Scriptures available in the common tongue led to the creation of the modern English language. In this incredible documentary, you’ll learn about Tyndale’s spiritual journey and the passion which drove him to defy the ruling powers as he translated the Bible into the language of his people. You’ll hear about his fearless drive, even in the face of death, and you’ll witness first-hand how the written language can impact both the fate of nations and of individuals. It’s a fascinating journey through the history of the world’s most popular book filled with insights into the origins of one of the most spoken languages of our day!