The King James Bible Is Published (Chronology of European History)
Article abstract: The King James Bible is published, producing an English translation that is favored by many English-speaking Protestants throughout the world.
Summary of Event
There were English translations or at least paraphrases of parts of the Bible beginning perhaps as early as the seventh century. Yet such efforts were far from producing a translation of the entire Bible into English. It was not until the late fourteenth century, and the stirring in England of a pre-Lutheran Protestantism, that a movement toward a complete translation of the Bible would begin. The founder of the movement was a priest named John Wycliffe, who emphasized the Bible alone as the rule of faith for Christians. His followers, called Lollards by their enemies, were condemned by the Catholic Church, and the movement was gradually all but destroyed by persecution, apart from a few remnants that survived until the Reformation.
The Lollards completed two translations of the Bible, and like previous English translations of parts of the Bible, they were based not on the original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek texts but on the Latin Vulgate, the Bible the Catholic Church had derived from the translation by Jerome in the late fourth and early fifth centuries. For nearly 150 years, the Wycliffe translations were the only English versions of the Bible. Having been produced without Church approval and before the invention of the printing...
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