Oxford, Provincial Synod of

Held in 1409, this *synod determined to prohibit the translation of the Bible into English. It was thought that an English Bible would become a weapon in the hands of those without proper respect for authority, who would also begin to use it without being instructed in its proper use. Were they able to read for themselves, such readers might then ignore the glosses that explained the text in terms of received Church doctrine.

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