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The Old Latin Gospels: A Study of their Texts and Language

Philip Burton


The term ’Old Latin’ (Vetus Latina) is conventionally applied to those forms of the Latin Bible that predate in origin the Vulgate of Jerome. They are preserved in two forms: in citations in the early Christian writers, and in various manuscripts dating over some 1000 years, from late antiquity to the high Middle Ages. This study particularly addresses the manuscript traditions of the four canonical Gospels, and seeks to answer three questions: How did the extant traditions come into being? What distinct techniques of translation can be identified? What is their relationship to the sort of lan ... More

Keywords: Old Latin, Vulgar Latin, Late Latin, Translation technique, Vulgate, Vetus Latina

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198269885
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198269889.001.0001


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Philip Burton, author
University of St Andrews
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