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UCGia Bible Insights Thursday, February 28 2019

The struggle for the English Bible

Even though what we hear and see on television, radio and the internet is increasingly contemptuous of traditional biblical values, Christians still look to the Bible for guidance in their everyday life. We take it for granted the Holy Bible is readily available to those who want to read it.

The struggle for the English Bible
Peter Schöffer (printer); William Tyndale [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

However, it’s easy to forget the sufferings and sacrifices of men like Tyndale, Wycliffe and others who, in some cases, gave up their lives to get the Bible translated into the English language and made available to all.

In the centuries before English was spoken in Britain, the Bible could not be read by most ordinary people anywhere in the world. When the first Latin translation was completed in 405 AD, it stood as the only official version for the next thousand years and only those fluent in Hebrew or Greek could read the Scriptures.

As a result of the sacrifice and determination of a few the Bible is today available both in print and on the Internet and knowledge about the Holy Scriptures has mushroomed beyond all expectation. This was undreamed of 500 years ago.