Tyndale set sail for Germany in 1524. He worked on the New Testament in Hamburg and found a printer in Cologne to print the manuscript. However, news of Tyndale's activities reached a Reformation opponent, who had the press raided.
Tyndale managed to flee with the already printed pages and made his way to Worms, Germany, where the New Testament was quickly published. A total of 6,000 copies were printed and smuggled into the United Kingdom.
Bishop Tunstall had copies of the Bibles ceremonially burned at St. Paul's, and the archbishop of Canterbury bought up copies to destroy them. Tyndale used the money toward printing better editions.
In the midst of his divorce from Queen Katherine, King Henry VIII granted Tyndale a safe way to England to serve as his writer and scholar. Tyndale refused, stating that he would not return until the Bible could be translated into English officially. While the King's agents searched England and Europe for Tyndale, he remained to hide among the merchants in Antwerp and began translating the Old Testament.
His Martyrdom and Betrayal
An Englishman tracked down Tyndale and claimed to be his buddy before handing him up to the police. He was tried for heresy after a year and a half in prison, believing, among other things, in the remission of sins and that the gospel's kindness was sufficient for salvation. He was sentenced in August 1536, and on this day, October 6, 1536, he was strangled and burned at the stake. "Lord, open the eyes of the King of England," he said as his final prayer. Three years later, in 1539, Henry VIII issued an order requiring every parish church in England to make a copy of the English Bible available to its parishioners.
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