"William Tyndale" from"Courageous Christians" by Joyce Vollmer Brown, published by Moody Press, Chicago, 2000
William Tyndale was a very holy man. He lived in England,though he had to keep moving around to avoid English spies. There was only one church at the time, and it was Roman Catholic. The Bibles were written in Latin, and the Church did not want them to be translated for fear that their teachings would be questioned. Anyone that was caught with an English Bible could get killed and lose all belongings, including property; and anyone caught teaching parts of it to their children could be burnt to death.
William Tyndale went to Oxford University, where he learnt seven languages. He then became a priest, but was angry at the fact that many other priests could not understand the Bible because they did not know Latin. Tyndale's sermons made the local leaders angry. He asked a bishop if he could translate the Bible into English. The bishop disagreed, but, nevertheless, William Tyndale translated the Greek Bible into English, against the Church's will. This made the Church furious, and anyone found with one of Tyndale's Bibles was to be killed.
A man named Henry Phillips pretended to be Tyndale's friend, but betrayed him and led him to his arrest. William Tyndale was placed in a cold dungeon for four months, and in 1536, he was sentenced to be strangled then burnt. Tyndale died saying," Lord, open the king of England's eyes."
After his death, one of William Tyndale's friends printed his Bible, which contained over ninety percent of what is now in the King James Version, which was allowed in 1611. Where would we be without William Tyndale and his courage?

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