When Paul told Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:16 that all Scripture is God-breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, cor- recting, and training in right- eousness, he was affirming the trustworthiness of Scripture. The English Bible you hold in your hand contains all that you need to live a life pleasing to God and to know His will. You can trust that Scripture reveals God’s will in every area so that you can “walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called” (Ephesians 4:1).Read More
In 1522 William Tyndale began translating the Bible into English from the original languages at a time when it was illegal to do so. TH Latin VUlgate was the only translation authorized by the Roman Catholic Church, making the Scripture inaccessible to the layman. Believing in justification by grace alone through faith, Tyndale boldly challenged core Catholic teachings, risking his life so that "the ploughboy would know more of the Scripture than the priests". Tyndale's New Testamnet was published in 1526 and God's Word was unleashed in England. The impact of Tyndale's work cannot be overstated. His pioneering scholarship played a key role in spreading Reformed theology throughout England and was the foundation of susequent translations until after the Second World War. Tyndale shaped the English language, creating words like 'beautiful' along with phrases such as 'let there be light'. WIlliam Tyndale's New Testament was condemned by Catholic officials in England. Tyndale was betrayed by a friend and turned over to authorities to be strangled to death and burned at the stake. His final words were. "Lord, open the King of England's eyes"
Two years before William Tyndale was martyred, he providentially met an Orthodox Catholic priest named John Rogers. The two became good friends and Rogers came to faith in Christ shortly after. In may of 1535, William Tyndale was arrested and his property confiscated. Incredibly, Tyndale's translation work was not taken but transferred safely to the possession of John Rogers, who would finish the work of Tyndale in 1537 under the pseudonym, "Thomas Matthew." Rogers printed the initials "WT" at the end of Malachi to honour his martyred friend. John Rogers was put to death in 1555. He saw his youngest child for the first time just before he was burned at the stake. Rogers was the first of many Protestants martyred at the hands of Bloody Mary.
Known by several different names, the Great Bible, or the Whitchurch Bible, was the only English Bible to be authorized by the crown. King Henry VIII commissioned the scholar Myles Coverdale, and chief minister Thomas Cromwell, to supervise its creation for use in the Church of England. The Great Bible was basically an edition of the Matthew Bible without Tyndale's notes. It was published in 1539 and dubbed "Great" because of its large format. The people of England were so hungry for God's Word that clergy had to chain the Great Bible to church lecterns in order to prevent theft. Eventually King Henry grew concerned about the consequences of allowing the lower classes to read the Bible and later placed restrictions on its editions and uses. The Great Bible. Ws printed continuously, until Bloody Mary's accession to the throne in 1553.
Bishop's Bible THe Bishops Bible was produced by Archbishop Matthew Parher in 1568, substantially revised in 1572, and prescribed as the base text for the 1611 King James Bible. Parkers intention was to curb the spread of the popular Geneva Bible duee to its incendiary notes against the Catholic Church. The Bishop's Bible is significant, but it is almost universally considered a bad translation. Parkers scholarly mind was more proficient in Latin than in English, resulting in poorly constructed prose. "God is my shepherd, therefore I can lack nothing. He will cause me to repose myself in pasture full of grass, and he will lead me unto calm waters." Archbishop Parker may not have brought us poetry, but the Bishop's Bible helped pave the way for the most influential translation in history.