Latin Vulgate

Saint Jerome said: “Frequently read the divine Scriptures; rather never let the sacred text out of your hands.” In the late fourth century AD, Saint Jerome was commissioned by Pope Damasus I to revise the Gospels, to correct the errors of the old Latin translation. Retreating to the Bethlehem caves, he accomplished his life work: a revision of the Bible that became known as the Latin Vulgate—the standard Bible in Europe for more than a thousand years.

Jerome’s Vulgate ultimately became the version of the Bible used in the liturgy of the church, which was significant in the Middle Ages when few people could actually read the Bible. Saint Jerome said: “If the man who does not know Scripture does not know the power and wisdom of God, then ignorance of Scriptures is ignorance of Christ."

Share

More Book Minute Features

August 19, 2019

Hieroglyphic Bibles

Millions of Bibles are published each year for children — in all sizes, shapes and colors — in a variety of translations. But perhaps none are more in...
August 12, 2019

Wycliffe Translators Origins

In 1917, a missionary named William Cameron Townsend went to Guatemala to sell Spanish Bibles. He was shocked when many people couldn’t understand the...
August 05, 2019

Five Presidential Birthdays

Five former US presidents have birthdays in August, with the oldest being Benjamin Harrison, followed by Herbert Hoover, Lyndon Johnson, Bill Clinton...