Stephanus’s Greek New Testament, Third Edition

Stephanus’s Greek New Testament, Third Edition

Collection ID

BIB.003878

Type

Bible - Printed Book

Date

ca. 1550

Geography

Paris, (France)

Language

Greek

Medium

Printed on paper

Dimensions

14 × 10 × 2 in. (35.5 × 25.4 × 5 cm)

Exhibit Location

On view in The History of the Bible, Revolutionary Words


Two versions of the New Testament by the prolific printer Robert Estienne, known as Robertus Stephanus in Latin, show some of the earliest steps in what has become the field of textual criticism. In this beautiful edition from around 1550, known as the Editio Regia (the “Regal Edition”), a critical apparatus that compares differences between Greek manuscripts appears for the first time. Stephanus’s Bibles were the first to use verses, an addition to the chapter system devised earlier.

Printed in 1550 in Paris, France. Acquired by Craig Lampe, Arizona; Purchased before 2014 by Andrew Stimer, California; Purchased in 2014 by Green Collection, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Donated in 2017 to National Christian Foundation (later The Signatry) under the curatorial care of Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.

Description

Two versions of the New Testament by the prolific printer Robert Estienne, known as Robertus Stephanus in Latin, show some of the earliest steps in what has become the field of textual criticism. In this beautiful edition from around 1550, known as the Editio Regia (the “Regal Edition”), a critical apparatus that compares differences between Greek manuscripts appears for the first time. Stephanus’s Bibles were the first to use verses, an addition to the chapter system devised earlier.


Provenance

Printed in 1550 in Paris, France. Acquired by Craig Lampe, Arizona; Purchased before 2014 by Andrew Stimer, California; Purchased in 2014 by Green Collection, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Donated in 2017 to National Christian Foundation (later The Signatry) under the curatorial care of Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.


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