William Tyndale

William Tyndale was born at some time in the period 1484–96, in Melksham Court, Stinchcombe, a village near Dursley, Gloucestershire. William Tyndale spoke and was an English, Greek, Latin, German, Italian, Spanish and Hebrew scholar at the Oxford University.

In 1506 William Tyndale began a Bachelor of Arts degree at Magdalen Hall of Oxford University. In 1512 he received his B.A (Bachelor of Arts) and in that same year he became a sub deacon. In July 1515 he was made a Master of Arts.

Between 1517 and 1521, William went to the University of Cambridge. From August 1511 to January 1512 Erasmus had been the leading teacher of Greek. In 1521 William became a captain at the home of Sir John Walsh.

William left for London to get permission to translate the bible into English, but he did not get permission to. In the spring of 1524, William left England and landed at Hamburg. In 1526 the full edition of the New Testament was complete.

Around 1529, Tyndale intended to move to Hamburg, to carrying on his work. He revised his translation of the New Testament and began translating the Old Testament and writing various treatises. In 1530, he wrote The Practyse of Prelates.

The king of England’s wrath was aimed at Tyndale. Henry asked the Emperor Charles V to have the writer apprehended and returned to England under the terms of the Treaty of Cambrai; however, the Emperor responded that formal evidence was required before extradition

In 1535 Henry Phillips betrayed William Tyndale. In 1536 William Tyndale was condemned to be burnt to death. William Tyndale died in the year of 1563. His last words before he died were “Lord, open the King of England’s eyes”.

Within four years after the death of William, the same king’s eyes were opened and four English translations of the Bible were published in England, including Henry’s official Great Bible. All these people got the idea from William Tyndale’s work.


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