Reims New Testament, Fourth Edition

Collection ID

BIB.005044

Type

Bible - Printed Book

Date

1635

Geography

France

Language

English

Medium

Printed on paper

Dimensions

9.6 × 7.6 × 2 in. (24.3 × 19.2 × 5 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 the fourth edition of the book.

Printed in 1633 by John Cousturier, Rouen, France. Purchased in the 2000s by Sidney Ohlhausen, private collector, Houston, Texas; Purchased in 2015 by Tenny Family Bible Collection, private collection, Krum, Texas; Donated in 2020 to Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.

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 the fourth edition of the book.


provenance

Printed in 1633 by John Cousturier, Rouen, France. Purchased in the 2000s by Sidney Ohlhausen, private collector, Houston, Texas; Purchased in 2015 by Tenny Family Bible Collection, private collection, Krum, Texas; Donated in 2020 to Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.


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