Morning Star of the Reformation: John Wycliffe - BJU Biography
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When young John of Wycliffe arrives at Oxford University, he finds it a fascinating and perilous place. With his friend, Sebastian Ayleton, John experiences the terrible plague called the "Pestilence" (the Black Death), and he becomes involved in clashes between university factions as well as riots among the townspeople. Whenever he can find time away from his studies he and his companions discuss the political and religious issues of the day, and it is with his friends that he first shares his growing vision of an English Bible for all Englishmen to read. In the darkness of medieval England, John's pursuit of truth gleams like a solitary star: the morning star that promises the sunrise to come. He paved the way for the theologians of the next century and opened hearts in preparation for the great Reformation itself.
John Wycliff’s translation of the Scriptures from Latin into English so the common man could study the Bible is a fasciting read. The Church`s dislike for Wycliffe and some of the political finaglings that occurred during his professorship at Oxford are more easily understood through this historical fiction than any textbook explanation. The perspective on life in medieval England - including the Black Death, the different orders of the Catholic church, and the conflict between the townspeople and the university members give the reader a sense of the times. Above all, this man’s work is a tremendous reminder of the impact God`s Word alone can have on a person, a nation, a world!