Bible History Master List Day 1 Classroom Rules and Regulations and Class Procedures ot – 1 Creation of the Modern Bible Bible



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Bible didn’t want the Bible in English

John Wycliffe





  • Wycliffe has been called the “Morning Star of the Reformation”




  • He boldly questioned papal authority







  • The Pope reproved Wycliffe for his heretical teachings and asked that Oxford University dismiss him




  • But Oxford and the government stood by him – he was able to survive the Pope’s assault




  • Wycliffe believed that the way to prevail in his struggle with the church’s abusive authority was to make the Bible available to all people




  • And he wanted it to be in their own language – Then they could read for themselves about how they could have a personal relationship with God




  • Wycliffe and his associates completed the New Testament in 1380 and the Old Testament in 1382




  • Wycliffe and his associates were unfamiliar with the original Hebrew and Greek – they translated the Latin text into English




  • Many of his contemporaries didn’t like that he did this








William Tyndale


  • William Tyndale was born in the age of the Renaissance







  • By the time he was 30 he was committed to translating the Bible into English




  • In 1523 Tyndale went to London seeking a place to work on his translation







  • In 1524 he went from London to Germany, because the English church was still under the iron grip of the Papacy




  • He met Martin Luther while in Germany – He was very familiar with Luther’s German translation of the NT (1522)







  • Tyndale completed his translation in 1525 (He only finished the NT, he was working on the OT at the time of his death)




  • 15 thousand copies were smuggled into England between the years 1525-1530




  • Church authorities did the best they could to confiscate copies of Tyndale’s translations and burn them







  • Tyndale himself could not return to England because his life was in danger since the Translation had been banned






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