The Douay-Rheims Bible is an English translation of the Latin Vulgate Bible, which was declared as authentic by the Council of Trent in 1546. The Latin Vulgate Bible was universally used in the Church for over 1,500 years, translated from the original Hebrew and Greek by St Jerome (AD 340-420).
The Douay-Rheims was completed in 1609, and is therefore older than the Protestant King James Version, which was published in 1611. The Rheims New Testament was published nearly thirty years earlier, in 1582.
For over 300 years, the Douay-Rheims Bible was the only Catholic English translation of Scripture used. It continues to be used officially in Catholic churches today.
The Bible features:
* Leather bound cover with stitched edges
* Gold gilt-edged pages and 2 ribbons
* Completely re-typeset to reproduce the original 1899 edition, making reading much easier
* 11 coloured maps digitally redrawn by hand and fully coloured
* 32 beautiful engravings that recreate key moments in Biblical History
* Family Register section
* Included in this edition - Three Papal encyclicals on the importance of the Holy Bible:
PROVIDENTISSIMUS DEUS - Encyclical of
Pope Leo XIII - On the Study of Holy Scripture
SPIRITUS PARACLITUS - Encyclical of Pope Benedict XV - On St. Jerome
DIVINO AFFLANTE SPIRITU - Encyclical of Pope Pius XII - On Promoting Biblical Studies, Commemorating the Fiftieth Anniversary of Providentissimus Deus.
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