Ponderin' the Past...with Wycliffe

When I first found the book, Glimpse of Truth, it seemed like an intriguing read! After finishing the book, I still agree with my first thoughts - it had a wonderful story! Not only is it about the life of Thomas Torr, but it's also about the Wycliffe translations. Thomas is one of John Wycliffe's translators who helped turn the Latin Vulgate into English. This little glimpes into Wycliffe's work encouraged me to look into it a little bit more!

The Wycliffe Translations approximately from 1382 – 1395. Because of these translations that were given and read to many of the common people, they were the chief inspiration and cause of the Lollard movement (This was a pre-reformation movement that rejected many of the distinctive teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.)

During the time the Wycliffe Translations began to be distributed, the common person didn’t know how to speak Latin, so many had never read the bible – but commit as many bible verses as they could recall to memory. Though many people still couldn’t read at this time, the translation of the bible into English helped spread common knowledge of the bible.
During this time, the Church didn’t leave Wycliffe alone, however, and often made as much trouble for him, his assistants and distributors as possible. They even strove to bring Wycliffe in and kill him as a heretic. But before this could happen, Wycliffe died around the age of 64.

The advancements of spreading the gospel often cost a lot, and Wycliffe was not an exception. Because of his work, many common people, who had never been able to read the bible in their own tongue, were able to read and memorize vast proportions of scripture. Because of this added knowledge, they were able to defend their faith and grow stronger and closer to the Lord.

Sometimes we don’t remember how much hardships and trials men went through so we can own our own Bible. But they scarified and gave a lot – often even giving their own life. Men like these are priceless in the advancement of the gospel.

~ Katy
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Renee said...

A good reminder of all we have to be thankful for . . .

misskallie2000 said...

I never knew about Wycliffe's Bible and thank you for this information. I just found your blog and enjoy reading.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Unknown said...

How exciting. I've not read or learned much information about Wycliffe, and seeing your post about him, this giveaway has me growing curious to read about him. Wycliffe's historical event could very well be a great Bible Study. If there were,I'd join and study. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win this book. I hope I do!

Sharing God's Love,
Barb Shelton
barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

Katie Marie said...

Yes, very true, Renee!

Miss Kallie - thanks for the comment and I hope you continue to enjoy reading our blog! (I will make sure to include your extra entry in my giveaway on The Legacy of a Writer)

Barb - Yes, it was fun to research him and what he did! If you've come from my other blog (The Legacy of a Writer), thanks for stopping by! Please remember to comment on the author interview - fulfilling the mandatory entry required - so that I can count this comment towards your extra entry!

~ Katy

Unknown said...

Katy, I cannot find the author interview. Can you please help me by telling me where it is? Did I not make the correct type of comment in my post? I want to be sure that I'm entered for the giveaway. Please let me know. Thank you.

Barb Shelton
barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

Katie Marie said...

Barb - I just saw your entry into the giveaway for Chuck's books! For some reason it didn't show until today. Don't worry, you are includedn in the giveaway for the books Sir Quinlan or Sir Rowan!! Thanks for stopping by here!!

- Katy

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