Summer is a busy time here at Tyndale House. While many colleges are having a break from teaching, many of those who teach in those colleges and universities come here for sabbatical. Meanwhile our PhD students have their noses too close to the grindstone to take a break. The library thus goes from full to very full.

We have many who visit us regularly in the summer, from among other places Greece, France and Uganda. Carl Martin, Professor at Clearwater Christian College, Florida, has been and gone again, not only to do some research, but also, as always, to help us with maintenance (thanks, Carl!).

 

While some are able to pay their own way to come here, others need sponsorship. This month we are sponsoring Anatoliy Denysenko from Ukraine, and Emanuel Contac from Romania.

Emanuel has been teaching for 8 years at the Theological Pentecostal Institute in Bucharest, Romania, and is a member of the Good News Church, Bucharest. He is hoping to elucidate the complex history of the Romanian versions published by the Bible Society. His experience as translator of authors such as John Stott, C.S. Lewis and Gordon Fee has been a great asset when he decided to tackle more challenging projects, among which are translations and commentaries of Isaiah, 1 Corinthians and Hebrews.

Another class of visitor are those who volunteer to come here to help out on projects at their own expense.

Laura Robinson, a grad student from Wheaton College, Illinois, spent 6 weeks as a volunteer intern in July and August providing research assistance and compiling a set of one-word definitions for every word in the New Testament for our STEP project.

Chris Burrell, who has done most of the programming for the STEP Bibles, has joined us here at Tyndale House for two months. He's a professional programmer and it shows - his code is concise and impeccably commented, so other programmers can easily add to it. His firm has given Chris a two month sabbatical which he is devoting to this project.

Kumiko Takeuchi, also known as Jean, is the last remaining member of her family, since her parents and siblings all died before she reached the age of 15. She comes from the US, originally from Japan, and has spent many years carrying out groundbreaking pharmaceutical research in Indianapolis. She has completed her MPhil at Cambridge and is now doing her PhD research in the Old Testament at Durham University. She has returned for the Summer, saying “Tyndale House is the best place to do biblical research in this academically enriched environment of Cambridge. I hope to return to Tyndale library every summer for my research.”

Theology for All and KLICE are offering an opportunity to think through Christian responses to the UK Government proposals for same-sex marriage at an event on Saturday 29 September. More information here.

If you are able to attend the Open Day, "A Window on Tyndale House," 2-5 p.m. on Saturday 6 October, please do book early. Spaces are limited to just 60. There will be a display of very rare and significant books which you will not want to miss.

We hope not to have a repeat of this scene; this is the road at the front of Tyndale House after flash flooding on Saturday 25 August.

We are very grateful for your prayers. There continue to be opportunities for dedicated and committed volunteers. Not everyone recognises the value of serious research of the Scriptures, and all the knowledge of history and languages which goes with that. It is not always an eye-catching ministry, but we are glad that there are those who get behind this ministry financially. In many ways what we are doing is like growing trees. The growth of a forest is very significant, but will never grab the headlines.

Would you consider making a commitment of just £5 or £10, $10 or $15 per month to support the long-term vision of equipping the church with servant-hearted experts on the Bible? For details on how to do so click here.

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With warmest regards,

Peter Williams

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