Reims New Testament, Second Edition

Collection ID

BIB.005042

Type

Bible - Printed Book

Date

1600

Geography

Belgium

Language

English

Medium

Printed on paper

Dimensions

8.1 × 6.5 × 1.6 in. (20.7 × 16.5 × 4 cm)

Exhibit Location

Not on view


The Reims New Testament, as part of the Douai-Reims Bible, formed the basis of nearly every English translation of the Catholic Bible until the twentieth century. After the ascension of Elizabeth I to the throne in 1559, some Catholic scholars fled to Douai, France, where they formed a college for English priests. They eventually began work on an English translation of the Bible based on the Vulgate, which they hoped would combat the influence of Protestant translations. They published the New Testament, along with notes and commentary, in Reims in 1582. The Old Testament was later published in Douai in two volumes in 1609 and 1610. The Douai-Reims translation became the principal text for Catholic Bibles in English and even influenced the Protestant King James Bible. This copy is a second edition.

Printed in 1600 by Daniel Vervliet, Antwerp, Belgium. Acquired by 1788 by Francis Nicol, unknown owner.[1] Acquired by 1811 by Jean Nicol, unknown owner.[2] Acquired by the 1900s by Baptist Theological College of Scotland.[3] Purchased in the early 2000s by Sidney Ohlhausen, private collector, Houston, Texas;[4] Purchased in 2015 by Tenny Family Bible Collection, private collection, Krum, Texas; Donated in 2020 to Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.

Notes: [1] Francis Nicol’s bookplate is located on the front pastedown. [2] Jean Nicol’s bookplate is located on the rear pastedown. [3] A stamp on the front pastedown states, “Baptist Theological College of Scotland, Interesting and old Books.” [4] Information from Sidney Ohlhausen via email, December 2020.

description

The Reims New Testament, as part of the Douai-Reims Bible, formed the basis of nearly every English translation of the Catholic Bible until the twentieth century. After the ascension of Elizabeth I to the throne in 1559, some Catholic scholars fled to Douai, France, where they formed a college for English priests. They eventually began work on an English translation of the Bible based on the Vulgate, which they hoped would combat the influence of Protestant translations. They published the New Testament, along with notes and commentary, in Reims in 1582. The Old Testament was later published in Douai in two volumes in 1609 and 1610. The Douai-Reims translation became the principal text for Catholic Bibles in English and even influenced the Protestant King James Bible. This copy is a second edition.


provenance

Printed in 1600 by Daniel Vervliet, Antwerp, Belgium. Acquired by 1788 by Francis Nicol, unknown owner.[1] Acquired by 1811 by Jean Nicol, unknown owner.[2] Acquired by the 1900s by Baptist Theological College of Scotland.[3] Purchased in the early 2000s by Sidney Ohlhausen, private collector, Houston, Texas;[4] Purchased in 2015 by Tenny Family Bible Collection, private collection, Krum, Texas; Donated in 2020 to Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.

Notes: [1] Francis Nicol’s bookplate is located on the front pastedown. [2] Jean Nicol’s bookplate is located on the rear pastedown. [3] A stamp on the front pastedown states, “Baptist Theological College of Scotland, Interesting and old Books.” [4] Information from Sidney Ohlhausen via email, December 2020.


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