Vulgate Bible with English Psalms

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Vulgate Bible with English Psalms
The Vulgate bible was a translation of the Old Latin and Hebrew text of the Bible into Latin during the 4th century by St. Jerome or Hieronimus in Latin. It was the first translation of the Old Testament into Latin directly from the Hebrew Tanakh.

This Bible contains several unique characteristics. First, the Book of Psalms is written entirely in English with some lines set to notes for congregational singing. These Psalms were collected by Thomas Sternhold and John Hopkins among others "to be sung in all Churches, of all the people together, before and after Morning and Evening Prayer, and also before and after Sermons: & moreover in private houses for their godly solace and comfort."

The Bible's title page is dated 1583 while the Book of Psalm's title page is dated 1620. This could mean that the entire book was published in 1620, or the English Psalms were added to the 1583 Bible in 1620.

A second notable characteristic is the Bible's focus on the tabernacle of the Israelites. Page 41 shows the layout of the tribes of Israel around the tabernacle and pages 136-139 show and explain certain parts of the tabernacle such as the baptismal font.
Date Created
1583 AD
1620 AD
Petrum Santandreanum
Thomas Sternhold
John Hopkins
Geographical Coverage
Temporal Coverage
16th Century
17th Century
Collecting Areas
Groberg Collection
History of Writing Collection
"[Thomas Carr]" in red ink handwritten on the last page
"James Wilkinton July 21 . 1710" in black ink handwritten on the last page
Bibliographic Citation
_Biblia Sacra Veteris Et Novi Testamenti, Iuxta vulgatam editionem maiori quam antehac vnquam Doctorum ftudio, ad veritatem Hebraicam & probatißimorum exemplariium fidem emendata. Cum figuris & defcriptionibus etiam chorographicis, quibus variorum aedificiorum ac operum ftructurae, atque regiones ob omnium oculos ponuntur_ (Geneva: Petrum Santandreanum, 1583), and _The Whole Book of Psalmes: Collected into Englifh Meeter by Thomas Sternhold, Iohn Hopkins, and others, conferred with the Hebrew, with apt notes to fing them withall. Set forth and allowed to be fung in all Churches, of all the people together, before and after Morning and Euening Prayer, and alfo before and after Sermons: & moreouer in priuate houfes for their godly folace and comfort, laying apart all vngoldly fongs and ballades: which tend onely to the nourifhing of vice, and corrupting of youth_ (London: 1620).

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