Birthplace of the Vulgate

Imagine a cave beneath a church in Bethlehem being the birthplace of the most enduring version of the Bible ever edited or produced!

St. Jerome spent 30 years in what would today be called a “basement” of the Church of the Nativity—editing and correcting the Old Latin manuscripts of the Bible—"now known as the Vulgate"—the Bible of the Western church for 1,000 years.

For those hundreds of years, Jerome’s version was the only Bible in universal use in Europe. And perhaps another significant influence was that it was the basis of the first complete English version of the Bible, the Wycliffe translation.

For more than 2,000 years, translation has been an important part of the Bible’s history—making it accessible to many different cultures—yet remaining true to the original text.

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