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Modern Verse Division – 1551 Greek/Latin – 1555 Latin – Forbidden Book


One 1551 Erasmus-Stephanus Latin/Greek/Latin NT Leaf
One 1555 Stephanus Latin Bible (OT) Leaf
One Forbidden Book Leaf-Book with 1 King James & 1 Geneva Quarto Leaf
SKU: 1551/1555/Forbidden Book Category: Tag: Product ID: 9936


1551 Erasmus-Stephanus Latin/Greek

To our knowledge, these extremely historically important leaves have never been offered for sale by anyone at any time, and every collector of Bible leaves will surely want one.

We have secured a fragment of the 1551 “Latin-Greek-Latin” New Testament of Erasmus, published by Robert “Stephanus” Estienne. One of the most important books ever printed; it is the first printed scripture with modern verse divisions!

This unspeakably rare printing is the original source of the “numbered verses” we see in all our Bibles today, which appeared in English for the first time in Geneva Bibles, printed less than a decade after this 1551 edition.

Printed in three parallel columns, we see above the first column a “V.” indicating the ancient Latin Vulgate, the middle column contains the accurate Greek version of Erasmus, and the third column has an “E.” atop it, indicating the new and more accurate Latin version of Erasmus. This critically important edition showed in easily comparable parallel columns the flaws and corruption of the Roman Catholic church’s ancient Latin Vulgate when considered in light of the original Biblical Greek right next to it… and for those educated to read Latin but not Greek, Erasmus provided a more accurate rendering of the scripture in Latin right next to that, so that they too could appreciate the difference, and read an accurate version of God’s Word.


1555 Stephanus Latin Bible

Leaves from a Stephanus Latin Bible, 1555 A.D., Excudebat Roberto Stephano Conradus Badius (Geneva); Third octavo edition of the Latin Bible issued by the famous family of scholar printers, the Stephani or Estiennes. This issue, the work of the most eminent scholar of his day, Robert Stephanus, is generally considered to be the earliest Bible to divide the text into numbered verses. 


The Forbidden Book with a King James and Geneva Quarto Leaf

“The Forbidden Book” Leaf-Book is for those who want an understanding of how we got the English Bible that is deeper and more detailed than we are able to provide on the English Bible History page of our website. This 110-page spiral-bound book is the full syllabus for those who attend our two-day series of eight one-hour lectures at our Bible History Symposium. It also contains a set of two original ancient Bible Leaves inside the book, which many people choose to remove and frame. This scholarly yet entertaining volume gives you “The Big Picture.” Featuring an expanded historical timeline and several full-color pages… this book is a wonderful addition to any Christian’s library and organized reference work that you will refer to repeatedly. The amazing story of the preservation of God’s Word throughout the centuries is so vividly brought to life; we think you will find it hard to put this book down.

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1551/1555/Forbidden Book

1551/1555/Forbidden Book $149, 1551/1555/Forbidden Book TWO Sets $249, 1551/1555/Forbidden Book THREE Sets $295