Wyclifite Bibles


(13801388) Two English Bibles (edited by Forshall and Madden). The Anglican Archbishop Ussher and others thought that they were made long before Wyclif, but the New Testament of the older is commonly attributed to him and dated 1380, its Old Testament to Hereford and dated 1382. The later version is called Purvey’s and dated 1388. No Wyclifite ever claimed it, but Archbishop Arundel said that Wyclif tried to undermine the very Faith by means of a “new translation {novoe translationis) of Scripture in the mother tongue.” This may mean a new version (implying an older one?), or, a novel rendering of passages, in booklets and tracts, to promote his views.

MLA Citation

  • “Wyclifite Bibles”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 25 November 2018. Web. 23 April 2021. <>