John Wycliffe, the first person to translate the Bible into English, is undoubtedly one of the greatest figures in all of Christian history. He was born in Yorkshire, England around 1330 AD. Educated at Oxford, Wycliffe stayed on to become Oxfordâ€™s most brilliant theologian, as well as the greatest preacher and debater of his time. He was called by his contemporaries, â€œthe Flower of Oxford.â€
In his study of the Scripture, Wycliffe came to see that the teachings of the Catholic Church were at variance with the teachings of the Bible. The church had forsaken the Word of God for its traditions and usurped the authority of Scripture in the lives of the people. Therefore, Wycliffe demanded that the Bible be restored to the people and that its authority once again be established in the church. To this end, he set out to translate the Bible into English so that the English-speaking people could read the Bible for themselves.