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The Blood of Christ in the Theology of William Tyndale

By Ralph S. Werrell

The Blood of Christ in the Theology of William Tyndale

The Blood of Christ in the Theology of William Tyndale

By Ralph S. Werrell

Written by a leading authority on Tyndale's theology, this study of Christ's sacrifice in Tyndale's thought emphasises the originality of the English Reformer.

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ISBN: 9780227174876

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Published: April 2015


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While Tyndale's importance in the history of biblical translation is well understood, his theology has been much less studied. Ralph Werrell has become the leading authority on his theology, and in The Blood of Christ in the Theology of William Tyndale, he explores the background to and influences on one of Tyndale's central theories.

Werrell shows that Tyndale's ideas were developed independently, based on a wide range of earlier theology, and – in particular – from Wycliffite thought. He explains the way in which Old Testament sacrifice featured in Tyndale's thought, explaining his many references to the Epistle to the Hebrews, linking as it does Christ's sacrificial blood with the sacrifices of the Old Testament. Tyndale believed that man died spiritually through Adam's disobedience, and that it was brought back to life by Christ's blood. In this volume, Werrell brings out the differences between the covenant theology of Tyndale and both Luther's theology of the cross and Calvin's forensic justification, showing clearly the originality of Tyndale's beliefs.


1. Introduction
2. The Trinity, Election and the Covenant
3. The Fall to Man's Freedom From Slavery
4. Man's Salvation
5. The Christian Life, Worship and the Sacraments
6. Errors of the Pope's Church
7. Conclusion

Appendix 1: Numbers of Occurrences of "blood of Christ" in Tyndale's Writings
Appendix 2: Complete References to "blood of Christ" in Tyndale's Writings


Ralph S. Werrell is an Anglican priest. He was one of the founders of the Tyndale Society in 1995, and is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham. His earlier books, The Theology of William Tyndale (James Clarke, 2006) and The Roots of William Tyndale's Theology (James Clarke, 2013) have established him as a leading authority on Tyndale.

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