Saturday, July 19, 2008

Bibles - what are the differences?

It is important to realize that the books of the bible are arranged in a different order depending upon the religion and the time period. Jewish and Christian Bibles arrange the books of the Old Testament differently. The Latin Vulgate, King James, Standard Revised, and others include different books. Catholic and Protestant Bibles arrange the books of the Old Testament, the Apocrypha, and the New Testament in a different order. Don't forget that the books of the Bible are called by different names in each language and perhaps religion.

It is no simple task to find a chart comparing the order and/or the names of the books. The best chart(s) I have found to date are in the Encyclopaedia Judaica. Undoubtedly there is a similar chart in the Catholic Encyclopedia. I have not found a chart that is multilingual (Hebrew, Greek, Latin, English). I am in the process to creating one for myself.

Perhaps I will find this chart in a polyglot concordance. I will keep you posted.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Newest study interests

As part of the changes I am making to my career path, I am busy studying the History of the Book, examining the physical structure of the book, the intellectual content, and the visual features. This month I am comparing three Bibles that are incunabula all deriving from Anton Koberger's shop or typefaces.

Here is a humorous video about Medieval Books from YouTube called the Medieval HelpDesk