This Month in Tyndale History: October Edition

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.


Oct 1963

Ken Taylor leaves Moody Bible Institute to work full-time at Tyndale House Publishers.

Oct 1985

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.

Oct 1987

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.

Oct 2001

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.


Oct 2010

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.

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Adam Sabados

Adam is the Digital Media Coordinator at Tyndale. He gets to have fun running social media campaigns, and online advertising. Adam is a graduate of Malone University in Canton, Ohio where he majored in communication arts and was highly involved in the theatre department. He currently lives in Wheaton, IL with his wife Meghan, his son Luke, and their Cavalier pup Banksy. You can follow Adam on Twitter at @AdamSab where you can learn all about his latest improv comedy shows around Chicago, hear about the woes of Ohio sports teams, or catch an insightful blog post or two.