God's Outlaw: The Story Of William Tyndale

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Released 1988

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Director:
Tony Tew
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1988
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God's Outlaw: The Story of William Tyndale is a dramatized documentary of linguistic scholar and devout clergyman William Tyndale (Roger Rees), who was hunted by the most powerful men in 16th-century Europe. This was his crime: translating the Bible into common English. After a fellow clergyman argued with Tyndale that the Pope's laws were, at least in practice, superior to God, an enraged Tyndale declared, "I defy the Pope, and all his laws; and if God spares my life, ere many years, I will cause the boy that driveth the plow to know more of the Scriptures than thou dost!" This 93-minute dramatization follows Tyndale on his life-long mission to give even plow-driving peasant boys access to "the very word of God." Even as he is shunned by former colleagues and condemned by both church and state, Tyndall continues his work in hiding. As the translations spread, thanks to the recently-invented printing press, Tyndale's "heresy" makes him the target of powerful men threatened by his work. This film portrays the extraordinary determination of the man known as the "Father of the English Bible."moreless
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