Missionaries Cyril and Methodius

Brothers Cyril and Methodius are among the earliest missionaries taking the Bible to an unreached people. The Duke of Monrovia, today’s Czech Republic, asked the Byzantine Emperor to send missionaries to the Slavic people. Two brothers, Cyril and Methodius, volunteered as missionaries to the Slavic peoples, translating the Gospels, the Psalter, and Paul’s letters into the language of the people.

They also began a liturgy in the everyday vernacular, highly unusual at the time—all of which led to opposition and charges of heresy from the clergy in Germany. Their missionary work continued for over sixteen years, including developing the Cyrillic alphabet still in use today, allowing them to make the Bible translation that ultimately spread throughout the Slavic nations.

Share

More Book Minute Features

August 19, 2019

Hieroglyphic Bibles

Millions of Bibles are published each year for children — in all sizes, shapes and colors — in a variety of translations. But perhaps none are more in...
August 12, 2019

Wycliffe Translators Origins

In 1917, a missionary named William Cameron Townsend went to Guatemala to sell Spanish Bibles. He was shocked when many people couldn’t understand the...
August 05, 2019

Five Presidential Birthdays

Five former US presidents have birthdays in August, with the oldest being Benjamin Harrison, followed by Herbert Hoover, Lyndon Johnson, Bill Clinton...