John Wycliffe: “Morning Star of the Reformation”

John Wycliffe died on December 31, 1384. Called the “Morning Star of the Reformation," he was likened to the bright planet Venus, visible before the sunrise. He became a well-known philosopher and theologian in Oxford, but his biblical studies drew his greatest attention. He wrote extensively on the corruption of the church, but his most significant contribution was his support for an English translation of the Bible.

His teachings were controversial, and Wycliffe lived under the constant threat of death. He died of a stroke; the Bible translation completed by his followers. His work left such an impression, that forty-four years after he died, church officials dug up his body and burned his remains.

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