Like any religious institution, the synagogue developed various leadership functions. Over the centuries the roles of the synagogue officers have altered as the needs of the Jewish community have changed. The most important development has been the emergence of the office of rabbi.
Miles Coverdale (1488-1568) was an English Bible translator. He was born in Yorkshire and studied philosophy and theology at Cambridge. He was ordained priest at Norwich in 1514 and then entered an Augustinian monastery.