William Tyndale (1494-1536)

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An English Reformer, a martyr and the single greatest translator of the Bible into the English language. Educated at Oxford and Cambridge, Tyndale’s passion was to make the Scriptures available to ordinary people. It is estimated that as much as ninety percent of the 1611 King James or Authorized Version of the New Testament was taken from Tyndale’s earlier work and somewhat less from his translation of the Old Testament, which was never completed because of his execution outside Brussels on false charges of heresy.

(from Pocket Dictionary of the Reformed Tradition)

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