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Latin Vulgate Bible translation by St Jerome around roughly A.D. from Hebrew and Greek originals. Latin only. The Complete Catholic Latin Vulgate from | Free pdf ebook download. Genesis 1. Exodus Leviticus

Jerome's Hexaplaric revisions of other books of Old Testament continued to circulate in Italy for several centuries, but only Job and fragments of other books survive; together with Jerome's prologues to the Hexaplar versions of Chronicles, Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs.

Revision of the Old Latin by Jerome: the Gospels , corrected with reference to the best Greek manuscripts Jerome considered available.

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Revision of the Old Latin by a person or persons unknown, contemporary with Jerome: Acts , Pauline epistles , Catholic epistles and the Apocalypse. The Book of Baruch and the Letter of Jeremiah were excluded by Jerome as non-canonical, but sporadically re-admitted into the Vulgate tradition from the Additions to the Book of Jeremiah of the Old Latin from the 9th century onwards.

Jerome did not embark on the work with the intention of creating a new version of the whole Bible, but the changing nature of his program can be tracked in his voluminous correspondence. He had been commissioned by Damasus I in to revise the Old Latin text of the four Gospels from the best Greek texts.

By the time of Damasus' death in , Jerome had completed this task, together with a more cursory revision from the Greek Common Septuagint of the Old Latin text of the Psalms in the Roman Psalter , a version which he later disowned and is now lost. The revised text of the New Testament outside the Gospels is the work of one or more other scholars; Rufinus of Aquileia has been suggested, as have Rufinus the Syrian an associate of Pelagius and Pelagius himself, though without specific evidence for any of them.

There he was able to use a surviving manuscript of the Hexapla , likely from the nearby Theological Library of Caesarea Maritima , a columnar comparison of the variant versions of the Old Testament undertaken years before by Origen. Jerome then embarked on a second revision of the Psalms, translated from the revised Septuagint Greek column of the Hexapla, which later came to be called the Gallican version.

There are no indications that either these revisions from the Hexapla or Jerome's later revised versions of the Old Testament from the Hebrew were ever officially commissioned.

He also appears to have undertaken further new translations into Latin from the Hexaplar Septuagint column for other books, of which only that for Job survives. From to , Jerome translated anew from the Hebrew all the books in the Hebrew Bible, including a further version of the Psalms. This new translation of the Psalms was labelled by him as "iuxta Hebraeos" i. Jerome lived 15 years after the completion of his Old Testament text, during which he undertook extensive commentaries on the Prophetic Books.

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In these commentaries he generally took his own translation from the Hebrew as his subject text, sometimes proposing further improvements, suggestions which would often later be incorporated as interpolations to the Vulgate text of these books. Jerome defends this in his Prologue to Ezra, although he had formerly noted in his Prologue to the Book of Kings that some Greeks and Latins had proposed that this book should be split in two.

The Vulgate is usually credited as being the first translation of the Old Testament into Latin directly from the Hebrew Tanakh rather than from the Greek Septuagint. Jerome's extensive use of exegetical material written in Greek, as well as his use of the Aquiline and Theodotiontic columns of the Hexapla, along with the somewhat paraphrastic style [15] in which he translated, makes it difficult to determine exactly how direct the conversion of Hebrew to Latin was.

These letters were collected and appended as prologues to the Vulgate text for those books where they survived. In these letters, Jerome described those books or portions of books in the Septuagint that were not found in the Hebrew as being non- canonical ; he called them apocrypha.

Of the Old Testament texts not found in the Hebrew, Jerome translated Tobit and Judith anew from the Aramaic, and from the Greek the additions to Esther from the Septuagint and the additions to Daniel from Theodotion , distinguishing the additional material with an obelus.

He refused to translate the additions to Jeremiah and these texts, Baruch and the Letter of Jeremiah , remained excluded from the Vulgate for years. Other books Wisdom , Ecclesiasticus , 1 and 2 Maccabees and the Prayer of Manasses [22] are variously found in Vulgate manuscripts with texts derived from the Old Latin sometimes together with Latin versions of other texts found neither in the Hebrew Bible nor in the Septuagint 4 Esdras and Laodiceans.

Their style is still markedly distinguishable from Jerome's. The Hebrew Masoretic Text of the Book of Jeremiah is considerably longer than the counterpart text of Jeremiah in the Septuagint translation, and the chapters are differently arranged. Consequently, since Jerome's Hebrew source text corresponded to the Masoretic Text, the Book of Jeremiah in the Vulgate version contains a great many passages that had not been found in the previous Old Latin version.

In the 9th century the Old Latin texts of Baruch and the Letter of Jeremiah were introduced [23] into the Vulgate in versions revised by Theodulf of Orleans and are found in a minority of early medieval Vulgate pandect bibles from that date onwards. Also beginning in the 9th century, Vulgate manuscripts are found that split Ezra and the Nehemiah into separate books called 1 Ezra and 2 Ezra.

Critical value[ edit ] In translating the 38 books of the Hebrew Bible Ezra-Nehemiah being counted as one book , Jerome was relatively free in rendering their text into Latin, but it is possible to determine that the oldest surviving complete manuscripts of the Masoretic Text , which date from nearly years after Jerome, nevertheless transmit a consonantal Hebrew text very close to that used by Jerome. The Vulgate Old Testament texts that were translated from the Greek, whether by Jerome or preserving revised or unrevised Old Latin versions, are early and important secondary witnesses to the Septuagint.

Given Jerome's conservative methods and that manuscript evidence from outside Egypt at this early date is very rare, these Vulgate readings have considerable critical interest. Also valuable from a text-critical perspective is the revised Vulgate text of the Apocalypse whose translator is unknown , a book where there is no clear majority text in the surviving Greek witnesses; as both the Old Latin base text and its revisions show signs of using early Greek texts. Prologues[ edit ] In addition to the biblical text Vulgate editions almost invariably print 17 prologues, 16 of which were written by Jerome.

Jerome's prologues were written not so much as prologues than as cover letters to specific individuals to accompany copies of his translations.

Because they were not intended for a general audience, some of his comments in them are quite cryptic. These prologues are to the Pentateuch, [27] to Joshua, [28] and to Kings, which is also called the Prologus Galeatus. A recurring theme of the Old Testament prologues is Jerome's preference for the Hebraica veritas i. He stated that the Hebrew text more clearly prefigures Christ than the Greek. Among the most remarkable of these prologues is the Prologus Galeatus, in which Jerome described an Old Testament canon of 22 books, which he found represented in the letter Hebrew alphabet.

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Alternatively, he numbered the books as 24, which he identifies with the 24 elders in the Book of Revelation casting their crowns before the Lamb [47].

Consequently Jerome takes this text in the Book of Revelation as authoritatively limiting the Old Testament canon to the 24 books of the Hebrew bible; and in other prologues he sets the '24 elders' of the Hebrew Bible against the 'Seventy interpreters' of the Septuagint [48]. The 12 minor prophets are counted as one book, 1 and 2 Samuel as one book, 1 and 2 Kings as one book, Ezra and Nehemiah as one book, and 1 and 2 Chronicles as one book, making a total of 24 books.

Alternatively, Ruth is counted as part of Judges, and Lamentations as part of Jeremiah, for a total of 22 books. In addition, many medieval Vulgate manuscripts included Jerome's epistle number 53, to Paulinus bishop of Nola , as a general prologue to the whole Bible.

Notably, this letter was printed at the head of the Gutenberg Bible. The regular prologue to the Pauline Epistles in the Vulgate Primum quaeritur defends the Pauline authorship of the Epistle to the Hebrews , directly contrary to Jerome's own views — a key argument in demonstrating that Jerome did not write it. The author of the Primum quaeritur is unknown; but it is first quoted by Pelagius in his commentary on the Pauline letters written before ; and as this work also quotes from the Vulgate revision of these letters, it has been proposed that Pelagius or one of his associates may have been responsible for the revision of the Vulgate New Testament outside the Gospels.

At any rate, it is reasonable to identify the author of the preface with the unknown reviser of the New Testament outside the gospels. Adolf von Harnack , [50] citing De Bruyne, argued that these notes were written by Marcion of Sinope or one of his followers.

Where Vulgate bibles included the Psalter in the Roman version rather than Jerome's Hebraic version this inclusion was occasionally supported by pseudonymous letters between Jerome and Damasus; which subsequently were occasionally attached to Jerome's Gallican Psalter when that supplanted the Hebraic Psalter in the Vulgate in the 9th century.

Many medieval manuscripts also include a pseudonymous prologue from Jerome for the Catholic Epistles , composed to support the interpolated Comma Johanneum at 1 John Jerome himself uses the term "Latin Vulgate" for the Vetus Latina text, so intending to denote this version as the common Latin rendering of the Greek Vulgate or Common Septuagint which Jerome otherwise terms the 'Seventy interpreters' ; and this remained the usual use of the term 'Latin Vulgate" in the West for centuries.

On occasion Jerome applies the term 'Septuagint' Septuaginta to refer to the Hexaplar Septuagint , where he wishes to distinguish this from the Vulgata, or Common Septuagint.

The earliest known use of the term Vulgata to describe the 'new' Latin translation was made by Roger Bacon in the 13th century. The individual books varied in quality of translation and style, and different manuscripts and quotations witness wide variations in readings.

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Some books appear to have been translated several times; the book of Psalms in particular having circulated for over a century in an earlier Latin version the Cyprianic Version , before this was superseded by the Old Latin version in the 4th century.

Jerome, in his preface to the Vulgate gospels, commented that there were "as many [translations] as there are manuscripts"; subsequently repeating the witticism in his preface to the Book Of Joshua.

The base text for Jerome's revision of the gospels was an Old Latin text similar to the Codex Veronensis ; with the text of the Gospel of John conforming more to that in the Codex Corbiensis. Congregationis de Propaganda Fide, Rome, and M. Editorial decisions The words of the text have been transcribed as accurately as possible, human error notwithstanding.

The usual division into books, chapters, and verses is observed. Punctuation, which varies widely between different editions, has been chosen with readability in mind; the text is divided into paragraphs for the same purpose. Where there are minor variations in spelling amongst the previous editions, the new version generally adopts those spellings most familiar from the liturgical books printed in the first half of the twentieth century. It also distinguishes the semivowel j, and represents the diphthongs ae and oe by ligatures.

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In Papua New Guinea more than languages are spoken. Notably, this letter was printed at the head of the Gutenberg Bible. Knighton rejects translation of the Bible on the grounds that by this means 'the jewel of the church is turned into the common sport of the people'. Jerome then embarked on a second revision of the Psalms, translated from the revised Septuagint Greek column of the Hexapla, which later came to be called the Gallican version.

He also appears to have undertaken further new translations into Latin from the Hexaplar Septuagint column for other books, of which only that for Job survives. Their style is still markedly distinguishable from St. Soon Henry commissions another version, edited under the supervision of Coverdale, with the intention that every church in the land shall possess a copy. Our Lady's Rosary Store.