30 A.D. or so.
Being only about 30 yrs old, Jesus, a young itinerant preacher allegedly dies horribly and innocent on a Roman stake, among others, after first being labeled a threat to the state. 1500 years later, William Tyndale, another man about 40 also following his calling -- translation -- was betrayed, strangled, then burned at the stake for the crime of translating Greek manuscripts into his own language, English, which he virtually helped invent in the process.
1320-1384 The Work of Wyclif [Wycliffe] and Its Impact
(sets some historical context)
(from a curator at "Early English Bibles")
1483-1546 Luther (accused of being "Hussite" in 1519, goes to the library to defends himself; realizes he probably was, thereby losing the debate and beginning his break with Rome...),
. . .But I suspect that, like the above men, it's not going to be an ancient formula propagated to protect an empire (in A.D. 381 or so) that will save life, or heal, in our dark hours. It will have to be the genuine article, backed by the living God. (Acts 2, Peter, after explaining that David, in Psalm 110, spoke as a prophet of this same Jesus, the time was NOW for that audience):
"Then they that gladly received his word were baptized."
It's simple. Those words speak to some, and do not to others. Still true today.
Let's try this again: