A Brief Report on the New York Tyndale Night

An invited audience of 20 people gathered to hear about William Tyndale and watch a video of the 1937 Rank Religious Films production Life of William Tindale, over dinner. Writers for The New York Times, New York Observer, The East Hampton Star, members of the Tyndale Society and the American Bible Society, clergy from St Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, and friends were there. The youngest, a descendant of the famous aviator Charles Lindburgh, was 11 weeks old.

Mary Clow began by talking about the current exhibition at the New York Public Library – Utopia – centered on a first edition of Thomas More’s 16th century best-seller, which of course was in Latin, the English language being considered by More and the English church of that time, to be too ‘rude’ for works literary or sacred. In 1995 a previous record-breaking exhibition at the Library had been Let There Be Light, featuring Tyndale’s 1526 New Testament in the ploughboy’s English. Professor David Daniell, the curator of that exhibition, then talked about Tyndale and gave the background to the film so effectively that the audience broke into furious boos as the dastardly Henry Phillips enticed Tyndale out into the alley where the posse was waiting to kid-nap him. No-one left ignorant of Tyndale’s story or unappreciative of his work.

Mary Clow, Nov.2000

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