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William Tyndale had come to the realization that a spiritual reformation in England would never take place unless the Bible itself was translated into a language the people could read and understand for themselves.  This had become Tyndale’s mission in life. Last time we ended with William Tyndale decision that he must leave England, never […]

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Introduction In our study of the history of the English Bible thus far, we have seen its dawn in the Wycliffite Bibles of the 1380s and 90s, and the birth proper of the English Bible in the translation and revision work of William Tyndale in the age of the Reformation. We now come to what […]

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Introduction Although the Protestant Reformed Churches have their theological and ecclesiastical roots in the rich loam soil of the Dutch Reformed tradition, we form a part of Christ’s English-speaking church. It is in that tongue that we must needs have our heavenly Father speak to us. That being said, all who are able and willing […]

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Wycliffe’s Translating Wycliffe put the truth of “feed[ing] his flock on the Word of God”[2] into practice. First, he preached God’s Word faithfully for his congregation at Lutterworth, especially after his expulsion from Oxford in 1382. Secondly, he trained hundreds of men—only men—and sent them out from his parish in Lutterworth two-by-two to bring God’s Word […]

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Introduction The 400th anniversary of the King James Version (KJV) provides an outstanding opportunity for the members of the PRC to marvel at the covenant faithfulness of Jehovah with respect to his gracious gift to them of the Bible in their mother tongue, in English. That it is a gift implies on the face of it […]

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The year of our Lord 2011 marks a momentous and monumental occasion for the English-speaking members of the church catholic of Jesus Christ, including the Protestant Reformed Churches in America (PRCA); her sister churches in Northern Ireland and in the Philippines; and the Evangelical Presbyterian Churches of Australia (EPCA), with whom she has a corresponding […]

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The Translators of The Authorized Version

In the opening pages of some copies of the King James Version of the Bible, one will find a section labled, (The Translators to The Reader). Within this rather lengthy article Dr. Miles Smith writes, “There were many chosen that were greater in other men’s eyes than in their own, and that sought the truth […]

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The Durable King James

Originally the Beacon Lights staff asked me to write an article on the topic: “The Usefulness of Modern Bible Translations.” The more that I thought and read on this subject the more I became plagued with questions. They were: What is wrong with the Bible we use, the King James Version? What makes it the […]

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A New Version

A New Version Since the publication of the new “Revised Standard Version”, I had intended to make a few comments in Beacon Lights about it. This is an interesting subject and warrants a more lengthy consideration than can be given in these few lines. The version is authorized by the National Council of the Churches […]

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