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Douay-Rheims and Clementina Vulgata: English-Latin Bible [Bonded Leather]

Baronius Press
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12 Dec 2008
Many Catholics are once more discovering the richness of the Church s traditional versions of the Sacred Scriptures. The Clementine Vulgate was proclaimed the official Latin Bible of the Church after the Reformation. From St. Jerome s time, through the Middle Ages, until vernacular editions were introduced, educated Catholics throughout the world were familiar with the Vulgate. Those familiar with the Douay-Rheims Bible will know that it is one of the most beautiful and accurate Bible translations available today a word for word translation of the Clementine Vulgate. Having both Bibles side by side allows us to see exactly where the vernacular translation came from. Even those with limited Latin skills will be able to follow along, using the Douay-Rheims translation as an aid. You ll see how the Douay-Rheims is a literal translation of the classic Vulgate. It is a beautiful, captivating read. The Biblia Sacra is not difficult to understand and it doesn t take much study of Latin to be able to get through the texts passably. Included in this Bible are Challoner s notes, and the texts found in the appendix to the Vulgate, namely 3 and 4 Esdras and the prayer of Manasses (in Latin with an English translation). This makes the Bible totally comprehensive and ideal for theology students. Owning one of these beautiful Bibles will give you great pleasure each time you read it, and ensure that your family is familiar with sacred scripture in Latin as well as English. Bound in leather with ornate gold blocked cover and spine. Gilded page edges, head and tail bands and two satin ribbons. The Douay-Rheims Bible is an English translation of the Latin Vulgate Bible, a version universally used in the Church for over 1500 years, itself meticulously translated from the original Hebrew and Greek by St. Jerome (A.D. 340-420). In 1546, the Council of Trent declared the Vulgate Bible as authentic, and declared that No one (may) dare or presume under any pretext whatsoever to reject it (4th Session, April 8, 1546). In 1943, Pope Pius XII stated that the continuous use of the Vulgate Bible in the Church for many centuries showed that it was free from any error whatsoever in matters of faith and morals (Divino Affl ante Spiritu (1943), paragraph 21).

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  • Bonded Leather: 1488 pages
  • Publisher: Baronius Press Ltd (12 Dec 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905574444
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905574445
  • Product Dimensions: 30 x 24.4 x 6.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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By JMcC
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This really is a work of art. Certainly quite large and reasonably heavy, but beautifully made. The print is clear and of a good size for poorer eyesight, and having the English and Latin versions literally side by side for each verse is superb. As a former (and sadly, not very successful) student of Latin at school, this really encourages some dimly remembered knowledge to emerge. It is not cheap, but I got it brand new and shrink-wrapped from the printer at the best price I have seen, so try and contact them (Baronius Press) before you pay some of the frankly ridiculous inflated prices which are going around. Not being Catholic, I was unfamiliar with this traditional translation, so it is interesting to see differences from the King James Bible. I am delighted with mine.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best bible around 15 Sep 2009
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beautifully typeset and bound. Baronius press have brought back the art of creating good books. The Bible can't be improved on, but this edition is worthy homage to the word of God.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Produced Bible 18 Jun 2012
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Still in print and published by Baronius Press for just £59.95 this Bible is truly special.

The Clementine Vulgate was proclaimed the official Latin Bible of the Church after the Reformation. From St. Jerome's time, through the Middle Ages, until vernacular editions were introduced, educated Catholics throughout the world were familiar with the Vulgate.
Those familiar with the Douay-Rheims Bible will know that it is one of the most beautiful and accurate Bible translations available today - a word for word translation of the Clementine Vulgate.

Having both Bibles side by side allows us to see exactly where the vernacular translation came from. Even those with limited Latin skills will be able to follow along, using the Douay-Rheims translation as an aid. You'll see how the Douay-Rheims is a literal translation of the classic Vulgate. It is a beautiful, captivating read. The Biblia Sacra is not difficult to understand and it doesn't take much study of Latin to be able to get through the texts passably.

Included in this Bible are Challoner's notes, and the texts found in the appendix to the Vulgate, namely 3 and 4 Esdras and the prayer of Manasses (in Latin with an English translation). This makes the Bible totally comprehensive and ideal for theology students.
Owning one of these beautiful Bibles will give you great pleasure each time you read it, and ensure that your family is familiar with sacred scripture in Latin as well as English.

Bound in leather with ornate gold blocked cover and spine. Gilded page edges, head and tail bands and two satin ribbons.
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every last cent... 3 Feb 2010
By Úlairi - Published on Amazon.com
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Though I have only had this magnificent Book in my keeping for several weeks; I now consider to it to be one of my most valued and important possessions. It's the most exquisitely constructed and compiled Bible I have ever witnessed and I would recommend it to anyone, both Catholic and Protestant who desire to come to a greater understanding of the Word of God. Between its meticulously crafted covers is contained manifold delights, revelations, truths and is the doorway into the Kingdom of Heaven and the Mind of God. The aureate pages gently guide the reader's hand over the greatest book ever written, and the finest story ever told. People from different walks of life, religions, creeds and beliefs and even those with historical interests can glean joy from the inherent beauty of its pages - there is something for all: the lives and persecutions of the prophets and the saints, the laborious struggles of the Israelites, the sorrowful ecstasy of the Psalms of David, the golden truths of the Proverbs seep from the gilded pages into the eyes of the reader, the exhortation and absolute reign of Charity in the inspired words of St. Paul, and of course the Way, the Truth and the Life itself - the Word Incarnate Jesus Christ.

This Book is a study par excellence of the actual translation of Biblical Scripture from the Clementina Vulgata, written by St. Jerome and completed in 405 AD. It enables those with even a rudimentary knowledge of Latin to determine that the translation by the college of Douai is one of the most exact and precise translations in circulation today; which is of critical significance in the consideration of divided opinions between different schools of thought in the translation of Scripture and the often furious debates that they incite. Anyone with a working historical knowledge of the development of the Vulgate, the genius of Saint Jerome, the academia of the colleges at Douai and Rheims and the preservation of canonical text in the face of the Reformation will lead to an appreciation that the Douay-Rheims Bible is potentially the most accurate translation of Holy Scripture.

If you have even the slightest of interests in purchasing any Holy Scripture for multifarious purposes and enjoy ownership of beautiful objects and pieces of literature, whether you are a collector, religious, historiographic or philosophical, this Bible is a must have for anyone with a keen interest in expanding their knowledge of truth, in all its forms.
33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worried about binding! 25 April 2010
By M. Eiselstein - Published on Amazon.com
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I just had to second the concerns about this Bible's binding. I've had this Bible for only a few weeks now and I've treated it like it is my most prized possession (it is a Bible after all), but the binding already looks like it's going to fail. I do not think this Bible will last very long. I'm hoping it does because everything else about it is perfect.

But I just wanted to warn anyone thinking that this may be a Bible that can be passed down from generation to generation. I just don't see it happening.
32 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice 10 Feb 2010
By Criticalcracker - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book for several reasons:
1.)I had never read the bible before- only those passages (mostly in the new testament) which are cited during suday masses in the Roman Catholic Rite. I wanted to find out what was really in it. People make all sorts of claims about what the Bible has to say; I would like to be able to form my own opinions (with some guide of official Catholic interpretation)about it. And, as quoted in the Preface: "Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ."
2.)I have a mild interest in learning Latin. The idea of becoming more informed of my religious heritage while also better aquainting myself with the linguistic heritage of western civilization seemed appealing (no offense to the German-speaking world).
3.) This version of the Bible, aside from being older and perhaps more historically telling, appeared (from its picture and description) to be a beautiful copy- a high quality product.

After getting through ~1/5th of this Bible, I can say that my first motivation has not been dissapointed. The Bible is interesting! This is not said without an amount of respect, but the Bible has things I found funny, surprising, startling, ironic, as well as things which more predictably reflected my values and sensibilities. If all that you know of the Bible are the selections read at standard Sunday Mass, you are in for some enjoyment.

My second motivation for buying this book, has been fulfilled, but not perfectly. Having studied Spanish for some years, it is not usually difficult to read the Latin version of the text and roughly guess what the English side will have to say. However, I am doubtful whether I will actually be able to "learn" latin by reading this book. The english is NOT an exact translation. I guess this is to be expected. The Latin, if translated literally, seems a bit ridiculous in its sentence structure at times, and such a translation might concievably involve many recognizable but outlandish word coinages. Also, latin has an enourmous amount of declension, which makes suffix and helping-word patterns difficult to discern. Nevertheless, the translation choices made between the two languages is sometimes very interesting also, and the way the latin is worded hints at some broader trends in romance-language evolution generally. And I am learning I think- slowly.

My third motivation for buying this book was somewhat disapointed. The book was not in BAD condition, but it was not of the sort of heirloom quality that might be hoped for either. The pages are exceedingly thin, and in some cases, fused together at their ends so that they must be torn apart to be read. The silken page markers are luxurious, but were already fraying when I opened the cover. Of course the Bible is something to be handled with care, but just judging from the appearance of the way different parts of the book (which surpass my vocabulary) appear to be glued and cut, I don't have very much confidence in the binding. My last comment is that this version's antiquity seems to have been misleadingly exaggerated since (as admitted in the Prologue and Publisher's Note) it has undergone several revisions in the last three hundred years, some of which have been rather significant. In all though, I am definitely satisfied with the Baronius Press' Douay-Rheims and Clementina Vulgate Bible.
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yuh gotta dains' wi' the one yuh brung 14 Jan 2011
By melono - Published on Amazon.com
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While I may not be a Catholic nor a straight-A seminarian (close, but no cigar!), I took umbrage at a review that was previously posted with regard to this product, suggesting that this Bible's Latin version is NOT the Latin version authorized by Clement/Sixtus and that, consequently, it could not possibly be of any practical use nor of any value to anyone. I regret that I must disagree. I do not condemn the reviewer; but, I would simply remind him of the words of a modern "mystic", who states that dogma or its less obvious concomitants is a well-worn refuge of the ignorant. Take it from there. Even if I had to prop my own, REAL Clementine Vulgate next to this product in order to realize some benefit from the latter, it would, at least for me, be worth it merely to get into the nitty-gritty of what could eventually become rather good, solid exegesis, by dint of purposeful and meticulous comparison of textual variants. Realizing from the outset that translation of Biblical texts is not an exact science, I always welcome differences of opinion in rendering sacred texts. I suppose that self-proclaimed "purists" would surely balk at this notion, but I have found that this product duly exercises my comprehension of the Latin tongue in a way that fires my zeal for getting to the heart of any biblical passage when exegetical controversy, however mild, arises. Although I myself may never attain to this status, in the end, a TRUE scholar always manages to turn even the humblest of resources to his advantage. To me, this product is hardly just your average crude resource. Be well assured that this new tome shall be a cherished addition to my personal library and shall surely take its share of repeated use.
21 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Holy Bible for serious Study and Decoration. 7 Nov 2010
By Jesus Christ is my God - Published on Amazon.com
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I wanted a Holy Bible which not only was excellent textually but also visually, most Bibles do not look like Holy Books any more but rather regular books. This one is an exception! I can Hold this Bible and say... this is a Holy Bible! You can't judge a book by it's cover however which is where I must get into the content the english translation is the best I would say in existance, I read the King James Version but every time I check the Douay Rheims version I always find it to be superior to the King James Version, a perfect example would be 1 Corinthians 7:9 it truly leaves no room for interpretation! The latin is beautiful and the font is normal sized, to be honest I thought it would be much smaller, what makes it great is this Holy Book is Larger than it looks! It is huge so even though the font may not be considered large the words are very well spaced which makes it extremely easy to read. Anyone interested in this product should know a few points however.
1)This Holy Bible is HUGE, it contains all of the Books that Belong in the Bible including everything which was in the King James Version Apocrypha and was removed by unfaithful protestant publishers.
2)It is not a Bible you will be carrying around, this is one of those Bibles that you place in your work room or study room or put on a pedestal.

It's not really a bad thing, it's a good thing, because that is exactly what this Bible was designed for. It's more of a house Bible. The reason this Bible gets 5 stars is because there is no other Bible like it, you will not find a better Latin and English Interlinear with such nice spacing and a normal sized text. Also the cover is beautiful, other reviewers gave the Bible 4 stars because they complained about the fusing of the pages and the binding, this Bible is certainly not a Bible to carry around I can see the binding getting damages really easily but if it is handled as intended...(in a house or church sitting on a desk) it should be fine. As for the pages a few of them were fused together and I had to peel a few pages apart on the tips, it was not a big deal. Just expect a little tiny scratch on the edge of a page or two. It bothered me at first but then I remembered your not going to get anything better so I have to give it 5 stars because there is no point looking anywhere else.

If you want a Holy Bible that is JUST a Holy Bible(with excellent and honest commentary) in English and Latin with all the books(Wisdom of Solomon, 2 Esdras(4 Esdras in Latin) etc) this is the Bible you are looking for! Anyone thinking of getting this Bible should also remember Latin was the language of the faithful not Greek or Hebrew. The Hebrews denied Christ and wanted to destroy his Miracles and the Greeks while some were faithful many were also doubtful to the new faith as they already had many pagan false religions. The Latin on the other hand was the language of the faithful which they used to pass down the truth of what the Apostles and Prophets taught.
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