burnt wrote:It isn't clear from your comment what it is that we are to be comparing. The passage quoted above was taken from Eugene Peterson's paraphrase, "The Message", which is not considered to be a translation as such.
However, is it not rather ironic that Tyndale's excellent and effective work of translation is being subjected to criticism when the actions of the "church" - murder, no less - were a clear violation of the teachings of Christ?
I do not know what Tyndale may have done during his work of translation, or how it may have affected the Gospel message for good or otherwise.
I believe that the Bible as we have it is perfectly capable of communicating God's message and story to us and will accomplish His purposes. And what we have today is a direct result of the work of men like Tyndale and Wycliffe.
Therefore, any criticism of his work could be seen an the equivalent of justification of the murder of William Tyndale. Or, at the very least, a clumsy distraction from his unjustifiable killing.
What we actually have today is a direct result of Tyndale wanting the uneducated to interpret scripture. Like Phillip and the Ethiopian eunuch "He said to him, "Do you really grasp what you are reading?" "How can I," the man replied, "unless someone explains it to me?". Protestantism has been splintering every since and continues to do so at an alarming rate as individual congregations even disagree with other congregations of the same denominations on the interpretation of scripture and with no one in authority except those who are self proclaimed.