The English Reformation

  • Hans J. Hillerbrand
Part of the Documentary History of Western Civilization book series (DHWC)


One consequence of the Protestant Reformation was that the Scriptures were made available in the vernacular. In England the publication and use of the English Bible was encouraged by Henry VIII despite his own conservative views in theology. William Tyndale ranks first among the names to be mentioned in connection with the English Bible. On his translation all subsequent ones have been based, including the King James version of 1611. Tyndale had a passion for translating Scripture and when he failed to receive official encouragement in London he proceeded on his own. Afterward he traveled to the Continent, where he absorbed Luther’s theology in addition to getting his translation into the press. His New Testament came out in 1525. Published in Germany, it was quickly shipped across the Channel and was received with official hostility and public enthusiasm.


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