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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! Johann Gutenberg Johann Gutenberg invented the printing press in the 's, and the first book to ever be printed was a Latin language Bible, printed in Mainz, Germany.
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.
Tyndale showed up on Luther's doorstep in Germany inand by year's end had translated the New Testament into English. Tyndale had been forced to flee England, because of the wide-spread rumor that his English New Testament project was underway, causing inquisitors and bounty hunters to be constantly on Tyndale's trail to arrest him and prevent his project.
God foiled their plans, and in the Tyndale New Testament became the first printed edition of the scripture in the English language.
Subsequent printings of the Tyndale New Testament in the 's were often elaborately illustrated. 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. One risked death by burning if caught in mere possession of Tyndale's forbidden books.
Having God's Word available to the public in the language of the common man, English, would have meant disaster to the church.
No longer would they control access to the scriptures. If people were able to read the Bible in their own tongue, the church's income and power would crumble. 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".
People would begin to challenge the church's authority if the church were exposed as frauds and thieves. The contradictions between what God's Word said, and what the priests taught, would open the public's eyes and the truth would set them free from the grip of fear that the institutional church held.
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.
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