Title

Cuthbert Tunstal, Thomas More, John Fisher, and the Burning of William Tyndale’s 1526 New Testament

Keywords

William Tyndale, English Bible, English Reformation, book burning, Thomas More

Abstract

William Tyndale published his first translation of the New Testament in 1526. The English government reacted aggressively to the volume: banning it, preaching against it, and even burning confiscated copies. The leading figures in the fight against heresy, Lord Chancellor, Sir Thomas More, Bishop Cuthbert Tunstal, and Bishop John Fisher, rejected Tyndale’s New Testament, not because of textual error, as some scholars have claimed, but because the translation was filled with a highly contagious malice. The textual errors in Tyndale’s New Testament were perceived as the tokens of Tyndale’s malice and were identified to demonstrate the severity and infectiousness of his malevolence.

Original Publication Citation

“Cuthbert Tunstal, Thomas More, John Fisher, and the Burning of William Tyndale’s 1526 New Testament,’ Reformation, vol. 18, no.1, December 2013, 84-105.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2014-01-12

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Language

English

College

Religious Education

Department

Ancient Scripture

University Standing at Time of Publication

Assistant Professor

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