Clementine Vulgate, Second Edition

Collection ID

BIB.005029

Type

Bible - Printed Book

Date

1593

Geography

Italy

Language

Latin

Medium

Printed on paper

Dimensions

9.5 × 7.5 × 3 in. (24.2 × 19.1 × 7.5 cm)

Exhibit Location

Not on view


The Clementine Vulgate remained the authorized Bible of the Catholic Church for nearly four centuries. In 1546, partly in response to the Protestant Reformation, the Council of Trent declared the Latin Vulgate to be the authentic version of the Bible recognized by the Catholic Church. Yet, at the time, no version of the Vulgate was accepted as standard. After decades of study and debate, Pope Sixtus V issued an authorized edition in 1590. In 1592, however, Pope Clement VIII and Cardinal Robert Bellarmine, later named a Doctor of the Church, updated the text, in part, due to typographical errors. This copy is a second edition, published in 1593. The “Clementine” Vulgate remained the church’s standard Bible until 1979.

Printed in 1593 by Typographia Apostolica Vaticana, Italy. Purchased in the 2000s by Sidney Ohlhausen, private collector, Houston, Texas;[1] Purchased in 2015 by Tenny Family Bible Collection, private collection, Krum, Texas; Donated in 2020 to Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.

Notes: [1] Information from Sidney Ohlhausen via email, December 2020.

description

The Clementine Vulgate remained the authorized Bible of the Catholic Church for nearly four centuries. In 1546, partly in response to the Protestant Reformation, the Council of Trent declared the Latin Vulgate to be the authentic version of the Bible recognized by the Catholic Church. Yet, at the time, no version of the Vulgate was accepted as standard. After decades of study and debate, Pope Sixtus V issued an authorized edition in 1590. In 1592, however, Pope Clement VIII and Cardinal Robert Bellarmine, later named a Doctor of the Church, updated the text, in part, due to typographical errors. This copy is a second edition, published in 1593. The “Clementine” Vulgate remained the church’s standard Bible until 1979.


provenance

Printed in 1593 by Typographia Apostolica Vaticana, Italy. Purchased in the 2000s by Sidney Ohlhausen, private collector, Houston, Texas;[1] Purchased in 2015 by Tenny Family Bible Collection, private collection, Krum, Texas; Donated in 2020 to Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.

Notes: [1] Information from Sidney Ohlhausen via email, December 2020.


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