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Tyndale, William (c.1494–1536)

  1. Korey D. Maas

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc1414

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Maas, K. D. 2011. Tyndale, William (c.1494–1536). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


William Tyndale, English Bible translator and theological reformer, was born in Gloucester-shire circa 1494 and educated at the University of Oxford (and perhaps for a time at Cambridge). Tyndale first received public attention when, employed as a tutor in his native Gloucestershire (1522–1523), he translated Erasmus' Enchiridion into English. The opposition aroused by this modest indication of reformist leanings was intensified by his subsequent proposal to translate the Bible into English — a project Erasmus himself had supported but never undertaken.


  • Tyndale, William (c.1494–1536);
  • english bible translator, theological reformer;
  • equality of persons, before God and under the law