William Tyndale


William Tyndale (l.c. 1494-1536) was a talented English linguist, scholar and priest who was the first to translate the Bible into English. Tyndale objected to the Catholic Church’s control of scripture in Latin and the prohibition against an English translation. His work formed the basis of all other English translations of the Bible up through the modern era.

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  • c. 1494 - 1536
    Life of linguist, scholar, and Reformer William Tyndale, the first to translate the Bible into English.
  • 1506 - 1515
    Tyndale enrolled at Oxford University, earning his BA and MA and being ordained as a priest.
  • 1521
    Tyndale is tutor to the children of Sir John Walsh.
  • c. 1522
    Tyndale embraces the concepts of Martin Luther's Reformation.
  • 1525 - 1526
    Tyndale translates the New Testament into English and publishes it in Germany, smuggling copies into England.
  • 1530
    Tyndale publishes his The Practice of Prelates, condemning Henry VIII's attempt to annul his marriage.
  • 1534
    Tyndale revises his translation of the New Testament, works on translating Old Testament.
  • 1535
    William Tyndale is betrayed by his friend Henry Phillips and imprisoned.
  • 1536
    Tyndale is convicted of heresy and executed by strangulation; his body is then burned at the stake.