William Tyndale – ‘Father of the English Bible’

Nearly 500 years ago, William Tyndale – fondly called the ‘Father of the English Bible’ – was strangled and burnt at the stake after being tried and convicted of heresy for translating the Bible into English. Tyndale was a martyr. The fact that you have a Bible in a language you can read is largely due to his labours, and many of the very phrases you read in it retain the flavour of his understanding of Greek and Hebrew. Translating the Bible was an admirable dream, but how was Tyndale to accomplish his task, when this very act was illegal at the time?

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