My Bible: David Daniell
In this session, David Daniell, biographer of William Tyndale, gave a highly entertaining introduction to how Hebrew entered the English Bible through the work of William Tyndale in the 16th century. Daniell, an unashamed admirer of the Tyndale Bible, demonstrated how Tyndale developed a dramatic and poetic translation that was at once faithful to the Hebrew original and, in the majesty of its language, actually added to its rhetorical power.
Dr Daniell, an expert on Shakespeare, Buchan and the English Bible, is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of London and an Honorary Fellow of two Oxford colleges. He curated the Tyndale exhibition held at the British Museum in 1994, marking the 400th anniversary of Tyndale’s birth. He is the author of a number of books, mainly on Shakespeare but also on the English Bible. He published a new edition of Tyndale’s Bible in 1989 and a biography of Tyndale in 1994 (both Yale University Press). His most recent book is The Bible in English (Yale University Press 2003).