The Cambridge Chronicles: Part Four

There are in fact many educational institutions in Cambridge, including a huge number of foreign language schools. People come to Cambridge to learn English, particularly in the summer. Then there are the Evangelical institutions like the famous study centre— Tyndale House on Selwyn Gardens. Here are a couple of pictures—


Several of the scholars at Tyndale House do in fact do special teaching for Cambridge U. On top of that there are Anglican training schools in Cambridge like Westcott House, and there is the Divinity School which is part of Cambridge University as well. Here are a couple of shots of it.

The Lady Margaret professorships is one of the more famous ones at the Div school, presently held by Judy Lieu, who like myself, studied at Durham with C.K. Barrett.

There is a lecture hall named after J.B. Lightfoot complete with nice painting of the most famous NT scholar of the 19th century in episcopal garb…

There are of course the many, many traditional colleges which make up the University as well such as Clare College… where my friend Richard Bauckham is a member.

Or of course King’s college, the most famous of the Cambridge colleges,

Most Americans do not understand the British college within the university system. Each college has its own students, its own profs, its own chapel, its own dining facilities, its own rowing clubs etc. Students of course also take lectures in the university as well as in college, but the colleges are much more than just departments, as we have in the U.S. Besides the two aforementioned famous colleges on the High Street, there are many others with interesting doors and gateways, and stained glass windows…

Most of the colleges are downtown, but most are not on the high street, so you have to walk a ways to get to them if you are downtown.

I’m going to focus on Immanuel College because of its stained glass windows in its chapel. Here is what you see when you enter the college gateway…

Directly across the green is the chapel and here are some of its windows.


Here we have William Law and John Smith… two names Wesley scholars will know.

Here we have Anselm and Augustine.

Here we have Cranmer and Fisher.

And here at last we have John Collett and William Tyndale— one of my personal heroes. He’s the one cradling the Scriptures, as he is the man who really is the father of English Bible translation, and in fact responsible for some 75% or so percent of the actual verbage in the KJV.

  • James Mace

    Very nice; can’t wait to visit next year. Also, it seems I recall that Tyndale’s language was carried over to an even higher percentage into the KJV, but I don’t remember the specifics.


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