Tyndale considered the Catholic Bible that had been published in the early 1500s as being inappropriate and so he set about rewriting the Old and New Testament books. It was Tyndale’s version, particularly his version of the New Testament, that impacted strongly on the eventual content of the King James Bible. In his work, Tyndale collaborated with Miles Coverdale and, in turn, Coverdale would produce his own English Bible (1535) which included Tyndale’s revised New Testament text and Pentateuch (the first five books of the Old Testament).
In the timeline of key contributors to the eventual realization of the King James Bible it’s important to recognize the vital, and complicating, role played by King Henry VIII.
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