After translating the New Testament into English from the original Greek, Tyndale turned his attention to translating the Old Testament into English from Hebrew.
In 1535, Tyndale was betrayed, arrested, and thrown into prison near Brussels in Belgium. For two years he rotted away, wrapping thin rags around him to keep warm. He wrote a letter from prison requesting a â€œwarmer capâ€ and â€œa warmer coat also.â€ His letter went on to say: â€œMy overcoat is worn out; my shirts are also worn outâ€¦And I ask to be allowed to have a lamp in the eveningâ€¦But most of all, I beg and beseechâ€¦that I might kindly be permitted to have the Hebrew Bible, Hebrew grammar, and Hebrew dictionary.â€
Tyndale was determined to finish his translation of the Old Testament from Hebrew into English, despite the horrid conditions of his imprisonment. Unfortunately, he only managed to translate the Books of Moses, the Books of History, and some of the prophets.