Society Notes

The Instead of Lambeth event is now taking shape, and the Society is delighted to announce that Jeremy Vine will be giving a lecture for the Society on Tuesday 27 February 2001 in London. Jeremy Vine is well known through his reporting on international affairs for the BBC and for his regular presentation of Newsnight on BBC TV. —

Members may have seen William Tyndale’s appearance in a strong supporting role on BBC TV in November in Simon Schama’s series The History of Britain. The episode devoted to the English Reformation was called Burning Convictions and highlighted the importance of The Obedience of a Christian Man, and Tyndale’s translation of the Bible into English. The BBC video set of the series, as well as a book based on the series, are commercially available. — Bill Cooper’s original-spelling edition of Tyndale’s 1526 New Testament has been the star of the British Library bookshop. Enquiries about this fine volume can be made to Catherine Britton at British Library Publications + 44 (0) 20 7412 7535. We are also delighted to report that Dr. Cooper is in discussion with the British Library to publish the Wycliffe New Testament parallel to the 1526 Tyndale. More details will appear in the next Journal. —

The splendid launch party at the British Library bookshop for Bill Cooper’s edition brought to light a small cache of Let there be Light booklets that were produced by the British Library for the 1994 Tyndale exhibition. The Society is now hoping to have this excellent publication reprinted, and we will let you know as soon as this booklet is once again available. — The Society’s own Reformation 4 has now been published, and Reformation 5 is on schedule for publication in January 2001. Our thanks go to the new Editor, Andrew Hadfield, as well as to Ashgate Publishing for all their work on this project. —

We would also like to thank Joan Johnson for her extremely kind gift to the Society that will be used to sponsor the second edition of the William Tyndale slide-and-audio guide, which is such a key part of the Ploughboy Group’s initiative to spread the word about Tyndale. These sets are available from our Secretary, Charlotte Dewhurst and full details can be found under Items for sale in this issue. — Our North American operations and growth continue, and recent events have included David Daniell’s successful lectures in Hartford, Connecticut, and Mary Clow’s gracious hosting of an event for the Society in New York. — We would very much like to thank our American member, Steve Sohmer, for his generous support for the Society, we are most grateful for his continued interest in the work of the Society. —

We are also extremely grateful to Dr. Joe Johnson for his generous gift to the work of the Society. He has been busy displaying the Let There Be Light exhibition panels, along with some of his own collection of historic Bibles and facsimiles. Joe estimates that some 1,500 people saw his most recent exhibit, which was centred on Tyndale and included Society materials as well. He has reported on these activities in this edition of the Journal. — Our Vice-Chairman, Barry Ryan, has temporarily set up shop in Washington D.C., at the Supreme Court. While there for a year as Judicial Fellow, he is staying in touch with members, and has been able to greet several in person already. Barry has kindly extended a general invitation to Society members who are visiting Washington to call in advance (+ 1 202 479 3408) so that he might greet you at the Court and perhaps be able to schedule a ‘behind the scenes’ tour. — Please note that questions about North American memberships, as well as renewal payments, are still being handled by Marilyn (formerly Perucci) Foster in San Diego. However, she, too has changed offices, and may be reached by email at mfoster@ptloma.edu or by mail at the Biology Department, Point Loma Nazarene University, 3900 Lomaland Drive, San Diego, CA 92106, USA. —

Compiled by Rochelle Givoni

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