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The William Tyndale translation of the New Testament into English is expected to be auctioned at Sotherbys next month around July 15, 2015..Its anonymous owner bought the edition while looking around a secondhand bookshop in Cambridge in the 1960s, when he was a student. It was printed in 1537, from Tyndale’s first complete Bible printed in English in 1526.Tyndale’s Bible was taken to be a direct challenge to the hegemony of the Roman Catholic church and English laws to maintain the church’s position. After being arrested in Antwerp, Tyndale was executed as a heretic in 1536 and copies of the book discovered in Britain were burnt.Henry VIII eventually ordered four English translations of the Bible to be published in England, less than four years after Tyndale’s death by strangulation.


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