The Wycliffe Bible Hardback

John Wycliffe's Translation of the Holy Scriptures from the Latin Vulgate

by John Wycliffe;


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The Wycliffe Bible

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Here is John Wycliffe's greatest accomplishment: the translation of the Holy Scriptures into English. Producing the first complete English bible, Wycliffe was the first to set aside Latin as the language of the Scriptures and to reach the English people in their own tongue. Working from contemporary manuscripts of the Latin Vulgate, he sought "no strange English" but only the easiest, most common-albeit the most Latin-like-language possible. (Latin constructions and word order were preserved even where they conflicted with English idiom.) His work was used by the Lollards, a group of itinerant preachers ("poor priests") who went about preaching, reading, and teaching from the English Bible. Wycliffite translations of the New Testament (1380) and Old Testament (1388), which was actually completed by Nicholas of Hereford, opened a new epoch in the history of the Bible. In this new edition, LAMP POST has taken a 600 year old ancient translation and made a modern, clean, readable version--a simple yet fun dichotomy--creating a project that all book- and bible-lovers are sure to appreciate and enjoy!

The Wycliffe Bible by John Wycliffe was published by Ams Print On Demand in April 2009 and is our 43788th best seller. The ISBN for The Wycliffe Bible is 9781600391026.

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Is this Lare Middle English translation of the Latin Vulgate in modern orthography and print; otherwise it would be very difficult for most modern English speakers to read.

A:Hi, Rev. Robert. Thanks for your question about the Wycliffe Bible. It is from the Latin Vulgate that was used churches in those days but this Bible is printed in a modern typeface that looks very like Times New Roman; so in that respect it's very easy for a modern reader to follow. However, it does use all the original spellings and grammar of the original Wycliffe, for instance: "And God made of nouyt a man in his ymage and likenesse and he souereyn to the fisches of the see and to the volatilis of heune and to vnresonable beestis of erthe in his kynde. And God seiy that it was good..." Interesting to those who like a linguistic challenge and really no more difficult than reading Chaucer which is tackled in many secondary schools. Yours, Les

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Page last updated 16th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherAms Print On Demand (April 2009)
Weight1590g
Number of Pages800
Thickness42 mm
Height254 mm
Width178 mm
ISBN9781600391026
ISBN-101600391028
Product Code2343593
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