William Tyndale (1494?-1536): New Testament
William Tyndale: New Testament
British Library C.188.a.17
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William Tyndale's painstaking and beautiful translation of the New Testament from the Greek was the first to be printed in English. In Tyndale's day the Bible was only available in Latin. Tyndale, a priest and scholar, challenged this with this translation, printed in Germany. It was immediately banned in England and confiscated. Eventually Tyndale himself was caught, strangled and burned at the stake. Most of his translation lives on in the Authorised Version of 1611. Only two complete copies have survived.