Respected Oxford professor and preacher John Wycliffe believed every Christian should have access to the Bible. “The common people of England know [the teaching and life of Jesus] best in their mother tongue.” His followers began a translation of the Latin Vulgate version of the Bible in the 1380s, and gave English speaking people a Bible.
Wycliffe died in 1384, but in 1407 the archbishop declared: “Anyone reading the Wycliffe Bible in public or in private is to be excommunicated!” Wycliffe’s influence endured! Four decades after his death, his body was exhumed and his bones burned in a field of execution. But John Wycliffe helped set the stage for the Protestant Reformation and the translation of the Bible into the language of the people!
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