Series: History of the Holy Bible in English, Installment #9 [final]: Thomas Cranmer, 1556 AD
In 1539, Thomas Cranmer, the Archbishop of Canterbury, hired Myles Coverdale at the bequest of King Henry VIII to publish the "Great Bible" Authorized 1611 version.
Thomas Cranmer was largely responsible for the creation of the Protestant Church in England.
Three men were tried as the Oxford Martyrs were tried for heresy in 1555 for their religious beliefs denying the pope's teachings, during the Marian persecution of protestants in England. The three martyrs were the Anglican bishops Hugh Latimer, Nicholas Ridley and Thomas Cranmer, the Archbishop of Canterbury. They were tried at University Church of St Mary the Virgin, the official church of the University of Oxford. The men were imprisoned at the former Bocardo Prison near the extant St Michael at the Northgate church. The door of their cell is on display in the tower of the church. The men were burnt at the stake just outside the city walls to the north, where Broad Street is now located. Latimer and Ridley were burnt on 16 October 1555. Cranmer was burnt five months later.
In March 1556 AD Cranmer was burned at Oxford, for the confession of Christ's true doctrine and his harsh refusal to honor the pope. He said:
"...when I come to the fire it shall first be burned.
And as for the pope, I refuse him as Christ's enemy,
and Antichrist, with all his false doctrine."
As he was bound to the stake with the flames; his eyes were lifted up to heaven, and he using often the words of Stephen:
"Lord Jesus, receive my spirit."
 Foxe's Book of Martyrs: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/22400/22400-h/22400-h.htm More here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxford_Martyrs
"All that will live godly in Christ Jesus
shall suffer persecution." 2 Timothy 3:12
Series: History of the Holy Bible in English, Installment #8: Miles Coverdale, 1569 AD
Miles Cloverdale was born in 1488 in Richmondshire, England and he printed the first complete Bible in the English language on October 4, 1535. He made use of Luther's German text and the Latin as additional sources. He was quoted as saying:
"It shall greatly help ye to understand the Scriptures if thou mark not only what is spoken or written, but of whom and to whom, with what words, at what time, where, to what intent, with what circumstances, considering what goeth before and what followeth after."
During his long life, he experienced eight decades of crucial importance in religious history. His theological development is a paradigm of the progress of the English Reformation from 1530 to 1552. In 1528, he had left the Augustinians and, wearing simple garments preached in Essex against transubstantiation [literally the communion bread being the body and blood of the Lord Jesus], the worship of images and the traditional form of confession. Such views were very dangerous in 1528, for the future course of the religious revolution. Reforms proposed by the Lollards and those preached by Luther were being pursued by a vigorous campaign against what the Roman Catholic leadership referred to as 'heresy.'
Towards the end of 1528, Coverdale fled England to the Continent of Europe.
By the time of his death, he had transitioned into an early Puritan, affiliated to Calvin. Apparently he died of natural causes although he was exiled from London three times and was buried in St. Bartholomew's Church in January of 1569. More here
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is
profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction,
for instruction in righteousness:"
2 Timothy 2:16
Series: History of the Holy Bible in English, Installment #7: William Tyndale 1536 AD
After only five years as priest in the Roman Catholic Church, in 1526 William Tyndale was first to bring holy scriptures to the common man all in English. He was quoted as saying:
"I defy the Pope and all his laws. If God spare my life, ere many years I will cause a boy who drives the plow to know more of the scriptures than you do!"
While William was held for eighteen months in the castle dungeon before his trial for heresy for printing the Latin Bible to English; he wrote a letter stating the following:
In August 1536 AD William was convicted as being a heretic at the pageant of casting him out of the Church. In the town square a crowd gathered. The great doctors and dignitaries assembled in due pomp and array taking their seats on the high platform. Tyndale was led out, wearing his priest's robes. He was made to kneel and his hands were scraped with a knife or a piece of glass as a symbol of having lost the benefits of the anointing oil with which he was consecrated to the priesthood... he was summarily tied to the stake and burned.
The Lord Jesus said:
"You will be hated by everyone on account of My name, but the one who perseveres to the end will be saved. v9 they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
Matthew 10:22; 24:9
"When they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost."
"They shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake."
John Rogers, 1st of Many Christian Martyrs
1501-1600 Church History Timeline
In 1555 AD John Rogers burned to death at a stake at Smithfield, England
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