The End of Henry Phillips, the betrayer of William Tyndale

            Henry VIII, in 1530, demanded that Tyndale be brought to England and punished for sedition for publishing the Bible in English. In 1535, while in Antwerp, Belgium, Tyndale was the writing his final revision of the Bible that would form the foundation for later translations. During that time Romanist Henry Phillips, also an Englishman and Oxford graduate, under false pretenses, befriended Tyndale. After gaining Tyndale’s confidence, while walking down a winding street, Phillips signaled soldiers who arrested Tyndale. Shortly thereafter, Tyndale was executed for the crime of printing Bibles in English and rejecting Roman Catholic dogma. This is the early history of what would become the King James Bible.

Of Phillips it is said, “He spent the next few years of his life fleeing from King Henry’s agents…By 1542 he passes from history as a prisoner under threat of losing his eyes or his life.  Disowned by his family, by his country and by almost every prince on the continent and even those with whom he collaborated in his terrible crime, he died – Fox conjectures, “consumed at last with lice.’”  Brina H. Edwards, “Tyndale’s Betrayal and Death,” Christian History 6 (1988), 12-15.

Published by Dr. Peter Van Kleeck, Sr.

Dr. Peter William Van Kleeck, Sr. : B.A., Grand Rapids Baptist College, 1986; M.A.R., Westminster Theological Seminary, 1990; Th.M., Calvin Theological Seminary, 1998; D. Min, Bob Jones University, 2013. Dr. Van Kleeck was formerly the Director of the Institute for Biblical Textual Studies, Grand Rapids, MI, (1990-1994) lecturing, researching and writing in the defense of the Masoretic Hebrew text, Greek Received Text and King James Bible. His published works include, "Fundamentalism’s Folly?: A Bible Version Debate Case Study" (Grand Rapids: Institute for Biblical Textual Studies, 1998); “We have seen the future and we are not in it,” Trinity Review, (Mar. 99); “Andrew Willet (1562-1621: Reformed Interpretation of Scripture,” The Banner of Truth, (Mar. 99); "A Primer for the Public Preaching of the Song of Songs" (Outskirts Press, 2015). Dr. Van Kleeck is the pastor of the Providence Baptist Church in Manassas, VA where he has ministered for the past twenty-one years. He is married to his wife of 43 years, Annette, and has three married sons, one daughter and eighteen grandchildren.

One thought on “The End of Henry Phillips, the betrayer of William Tyndale

  1. I find it profoundly significant that multitudes were martyred for translating and printing the early English Bibles, up to and including the King James Bible. Has there ever been a saint who has died in defense of a modern English version?


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