Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Those of you who have followed this column over the past several years know my true historical love is local history with an occasional deviation. Up front this writer does not claim a great deal of knowledge in today’s subject – only love and interest. “A Brief History of the Holy Bible in English”. Being a Mason some 70 years we are exposed to the subject with the Knight Templars as the principal information source. J. Luther Jordan, of Mansfield and world leader of masons back in the mid-1900’s, could have done a much better jobs with this subject.

The first accepted Bible of the Catholic Church was accomplished by Jerome between 382 and 405 was known as the Verso Vulgate (that is, the “version commonly used”) or in Latin as the Vulgate. The Catholic Church affirmed the Vulgate as its official Latin Bible at the Council of Trent in 1545 A.D. Since Latin was only studied by priests and scholars because the vast majority of people could not read or understand the Vulgate. The first notable translation of the Bible into English was done by Jon Wycliffe (1325 – 1384) who was an English philosopher, theologian and professor at Oxford. This was before the printing press was invented when each Bible was hand written. The Catholic Church authorities had declared that reading the Bible in English was a major criminal offense. Forty years after Wycliffe’s death his body was exhumed and burned and his ashes scattered into the River Swift.

 

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