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In the Beginning Was the WordThe Bible in American Public Life, 1492–1783$
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Mark A. Noll

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190263980

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190263980.001.0001

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From William Tyndale to the King James Version

From William Tyndale to the King James Version

(p.49) 2 From William Tyndale to the King James Version
In the Beginning Was the Word

Mark A. Noll

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses William Tyndale's translation of the Bible, and how the Bible was translated into the King James Version. Printed Bibles in English was initiated by William Tyndale, who was born in Gloucestershire sometime in the early 1490s. Critics described him as ‘the best prose writer of his age’, because of the prosaic phrases in his Bible translations such as alpha and omega, apple of his eye, cast the first stone, and fell flat on his face. Shortly before Tyndale's execution, a fellow Protestant, Miles Coverdale, published the first complete Bible in English called the Great Bible. Plans for further Bible translation and marketing continued until King James I ordered the creation of a new English version in response to the perceived problems of the earlier translations. The new translation was eventually called the King James Version.

Keywords:   William Tyndale, Miles Coverdale, Great Bible, King James I, King James Version

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