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On one of the most beautiful things in history

Summary

Marilynne Robinson reflects on the work of the reformers who translated the Bible.

Summary

Marilynne Robinson reflects on the work of the reformers who translated the Bible.

Transcript

That very passionate and very dangerous loyalty to the poor, who … that was almost everybody at that time, but still, you know, Wycliffe and the people who helped him were all Oxford professors. And they – he didn’t, he was not burned at the stake, he was dug up after 20 years or something and burned. But – 

Interviewer: To make sure?

Robinson: Yes, exactly [laughter]. Powerful man, you know. But in any case, I think it’s a very beautiful thing that they were so loyal to the vernacular, to create a whole Bible, you know, and to try to reach people who could have no meaningful sense of it at all, and teach literacy at the same time, and … I think that’s one of the most beautiful things in history.