At the end of September Tyndale employees gathered for a company lunch where we celebrated our work as a company and some of the milestones we hit over the past 50 years.
Here are some of the events from the month of October that have been significant in Tyndale history.
Ken Taylor leaves Moody Bible Institute to work full-time at Tyndale House Publishers.
The One Year Bible (TLB edition) is published. It represents a dream of Ken Taylor’s, though the rest of the executive staff thinks it will bomb. Millions of copies will be sold within the next several years. One year later, the NIV edition of The One Year Bible is published and becomes, during its first year, the bestselling edition of the NIV text.
A major revision of The Living Bible is initiated with an exploratory meeting with Greek and Hebrew scholars. A decision is made to call together a leadership team of six general reviewers—four for the Old Testament and two for the New Testament. This is the beginning of what will eventually become the New Living Translation.
Desecration (#9 in the Left Behind series) has a first printing of 2.95 million copies, possibly the largest first printing of any English novel in history. Desecration is #1 on the New York Times bestseller list for three consecutive weeks (in the top 15 for eleven weeks). Publishers Weekly later reports it was the #1 fiction title for all of 2001.
Tyndale partners with Christian Art Wholesale (South Africa) and Christian Art Gifts (Lombard) in opening Johnsen & Taylor, a Christian bookstore in the Town Square shopping center.