Its engine makes a loud bang, then sputters as metal rips into metal. I let off the gas and the motor shuts down.
As a background study, we recommend that you first review our discussion of the Pre-Reformation History of the Bible from 1, B. With the help of his followers, called the Lollards, and his assistant Purvey, and many other faithful scribes, Wycliffe produced dozens of English language manuscript copies of the scriptures.
They were translated out of the Latin Vulgate, which was the only source text available to Wycliffe. The Pope was so infuriated by his teachings and his translation of the Bible into English, that 44 years after Wycliffe had died, he ordered the bones to be dug-up, crushed, and scattered in the river!
The prophecy of Hus had come true! Ironically, though he had created what many believe to be the most important invention in history, Gutenberg was a victim of unscrupulous business associates who took control of his business and left him in poverty.
Nevertheless, the invention of the movable-type printing press meant that Bibles and books could finally be effectively produced in large quantities in a short period of time.
This was essential to the success of the Reformation. The people were so hungry to hear the Word of God in a language they could understand, that within six months there were 20, people packed in the church and at least that many outside trying to get in! Fortunately for Colet, he was a powerful man with friends in high places, so he amazingly managed to avoid execution.
Erasmus In considering the experiences of Linacre and Colet, the great scholar Erasmus was so moved to correct the corrupt Latin Vulgate, that inwith the help of printer John Froben, he published a Greek-Latin Parallel New Testament. The Latin part was not the corrupt Vulgate, but his own fresh rendering of the text from the more accurate and reliable Greek, which he had managed to collate from a half-dozen partial old Greek New Testament manuscripts he had acquired.
This milestone was the first non-Latin Vulgate text of the scripture to be produced in a millennium… and the first ever to come off a printing press. The Greek-Latin New Testament of Erasmus further focused attention on just how corrupt and inaccurate the Latin Vulgate had become, and how important it was to go back and use the original Greek New Testament and original Hebrew Old Testament languages to maintain accuracy… and to translate them faithfully into the languages of the common people, whether that be English, German, or any other tongue.
Tyndale holds the distinction of being the first man to ever print the New Testament in the English language.
Tyndale was a true scholar and a genius, so fluent in eight languages that it was said one would think any one of them to be his native tongue.
Luther, who would be exiled in the months following the Diet of Worms Council in that was designed to martyr him, would translate the New Testament into German for the first time from the Greek-Latin New Testament of Erasmus, and publish it in September of Luther also published a German Pentateuch inand another edition of the German New Testament in William Tyndale wanted to use the same Erasmus text as a source to translate and print the New Testament in English for the first time in history.
God foiled their plans, and in the Tyndale New Testament became the first printed edition of the scripture in the English language. They were burned as soon as the Bishop could confiscate them, but copies trickled through and actually ended up in the bedroom of King Henry VIII.
The more the King and Bishop resisted its distribution, the more fascinated the public at large became. The church declared it contained thousands of errors as they torched hundreds of New Testaments confiscated by the clergy, while in fact, they burned them because they could find no errors at all.
No longer would they control access to the scriptures. They could not possibly continue to get away with selling indulgences the forgiveness of sins or selling the release of loved ones from a church-manufactured "Purgatory".
Salvation through faith, not works or donations, would be understood.
The need for priests would vanish through the priesthood of all believers. The veneration of church-canonized Saints and Mary would be called into question. The availability of the scriptures in English was the biggest threat imaginable to the wicked church.
Neither side would give up without a fight. Any copies printed prior to are extremely valuable. Books and Bibles flowed into England in bales of cotton and sacks of flour.
In the end, Tyndale was caught: Tyndale was incarcerated for days before he was strangled and burned at the stake in Send your comments to Jeanne Hedge at [email protected] The Short Story Page, created 2 March ; last revised 14 August If you run a short story competition and would like me to add it to the lists below, please contact me and provide the following information.
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