Vulgate Bible

Date of Manuscript: ca. 13th Century

Handwritten in Latin and on parchment, this work is illuminated and rubricated.

It was made in Northern France in the 13th century. The earliest examples of these portable Bibles were copied in Paris at the end of the 1220’s or the early 1230’s, and the format was adopted quickly throughout Europe.

The Vulgate is a late 4th-century Latin translation of the Bible. It was largely the work of St. Jerome, who was commissioned by Pope Damasus I in 382 to make a revision of the old Latin translations. St. Jerome translated the Bible from Hebrew and Aramaic. By the 13th century this revision had come to be called the version Vulgate, that is, the “commonly used translation” and ultimately it became the definitive and officially promulgated Latin version of the Bible in the Roman Catholic Church. The collection and order of the books which make up this version of the Bible differs slightly from the ones in the King James Version, it includes several of the Apocrypha. #1188