The Bomberg Bible

"In 1517, a Venetian printer published the Hebrew Bible text with rabbinic commentaries—known as the Bomberg Bible! Seven years later, Daniel Bomberg published a second edition of the Rabbinic Bible, this time with the Masoretic Text—the Hebrew and Aramaic text with vocalization, cantillation marks, and the Masorete's notes.

The editor, Jacob ben Hayyim ibn Adonijah, worked tirelessly in his attempt to create an error-free text.

He said, “Behold I have exerted all my might and strength to collate and arrange the Massorah. . .for which cause I did not suffer my eyelids to be closed long . . .as my aim and desire was to see the holy work finished.”

Bomberg and Hayyim’s efforts were not in vain. The 1524 edition of the Bomberg Bible became the standard way to print the Hebrew Bible for 400 years."

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