Polyglot Bibles

"Cardinal Francisco Ximenes de Cisneros is perhaps a name you don’t immediately recognize, but his contribution to the scholarly study of the Bible was a considerable one! A highly influential Cardinal in the 15th century, he recognized a growing lack of interest in the Bible.

His vision was to revive the study of what he called the “sacred Scriptures” by providing scholars accurate texts of the Old Testament in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin, and those of the New Testament in Greek and Latin. He arranged the several languages in parallel columns to allow for study and comparison.

The Complutensian Polyglot Bible was the first of its kind encompassing the entire Bible. . . greatly influencing many subsequent editions of the Bible, and even becoming a textual source for the King James Bible!

Engage with this Book of Books—in its continuing influence!"

Share

More Book Minute Features

January 13, 2020

Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison

On January 13, 1968, Johnny Cash gave, perhaps, his most memorable performance. Following the biblical admonition to remember and visit those in priso...
January 06, 2020

Hebrew Cantillation

When it comes to music, the vocal tradition of chanting the Torah is central to Jewish religious services and dates to ancient times. The Hebrew Bible...
December 30, 2019

Charlie Chaplin: The Silent Film Superstar Who Spo...

In the 1920s and 30s, Charlie Chaplin had become America’s silent-screen superstar for his comedic antics in film. But it was his first talking pic...