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Hunger for the Bible

“…possession of the scripture in English was prima facie grounds for suspicion of heresy, and a heresy trial could result in imprisonment, excommunication and even death by burning. Nevertheless, some two hundred and fifty manuscripts of the Wycliffite Bible, or parts of it, survive, considerably more than of any other text in Middle English” (Mary Dove, The First English Bible, 1)

The most dangerous book to possess is also the one best preserved. Humans hunger to hear from God and, across history, have gone to great risks to possess and read (or hear) the Word of God.

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