Concordia Theological Monthly

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luther, vulgate, hebrew, textual criticism, roerer, council of trent

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


On the 8th of April, 1546, the Council of Trent, in its Fourth Session, passed the Decree Concerning the Edition. and the Use of the Sacred Books and declared that the "old and vulgate edition . . . be ... held as authentic" and that "it be printed in the most correct manner possible."

With this decree the Council of Trent rejected both Luther's translation of the Bible from the Hebrew and Greek original and his revision of the Vulgate. While Luther had finished translating the greater part of the Bible two decades prior to the Fourth Session of the Council of Trent, and while he had published a revision of the Vulgate in 1529, it took the Romanists more than four decades after the Fourth Session of their Council to publish a revised Vulgate edition.


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2 Samuel 23:8; 1 Chronicles 11:11; 1 Chronicles 12:38; Genesis 46:13;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars