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Friday, 4 April 2014

Petrus Sabatier, Bibliorum Sacrorum Latinae Versiones Antiquae

While I am working on the preparation of the Bible Index for the critical edition of the works of Meister Eckhart for the Kohlhammer edition (which will encompass both his Latin and his vernacular works), it still helps to consult the 18th century work by Petrus Sabatier, Bibliorum Sacrorum Latinae Versiones Antiquae which is a treasure, as it compares the older Latin readings of Scriptures with the Vulgate text - although I have to add three caveats. When we talk about the Vulgate text, you will quickly discover that this is a scholarly constract (as so many others), and that what we call Vulgate is a broad church which shows a number of varying readings across what I suggest we better call a Vulgate tradition, or even better Vulgate traditions. This is similar to what scholars have termed the Vetus Latina which in itself is an even broader church.
Having bought a relatively inexpensive reprint of Sabater, I also make use of the online available books which, thanks Google, are fully accessible. It is a bit of internet search necessary to find the right links from which you can read the text online or can even download these volumes, so I thought, I give you the links here:
Petrus Sabatier, Bibliorum Sacrorum Latinae Versiones Antiquae I (from Genesis to Iob).
Petrus Sabatier, Bibliorum Sacrorum Latinae Versiones Antiquae II (from Psalms to Macchabees II).
Petrus Sabatier, Bibliorum Sacrorum Latinae Versiones Antiquae III (NT and Apocrypha [III Esdas; IV Esdras] plus Indices).

In 2005, Hugh Houghton has published the revision of Sabatier's work which is undertaken by the Abtei Beuron, and was has been published so far can be found in his list here.
 

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