The Bear Bible and the Reformation

Did you know that the Biblia del Oso—or what is known as the “Bear Bible”—is part of the rich history of the Bible in the Protestant Reformation? Casiodoro de Reina was a Spanish monk living in Seville, and a supporter of Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation.

As a result, his works and the works of his associates were put on a list of “prohibited books.” He fled his home, and while in exile began translating the Bible into Spanish. He produced the first complete Spanish Bible in 1569, resulting in the Biblia del Oso! It's called the “Bear Bible” because of the printer’s emblem on the title page depicting a bear extracting honey from a tree.

To learn about the Protestant Reformation visit www.museumofthebible.org/reformation.

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