Greek Bible leaf,1526. Old Testament


Printed in Strasbourg by Kopfel


Verso:  30 lines of Greek type printed on laid paper in a single column with a “catchword” in the bottom margin.


Recto:  As Verso, without a catchword.


Printer:  W.Kopfel, Strasbourg


Date:  1526


Content:  The leaf is from the Book of Third Kings, Chapter 12.  


Notes: The books of 1 and 2 Samuel were originally one book that was written on a single scroll.  Because of its length, however, the book was divided into two in its early Greek versions - known as the Septuagint - and grouped together with the book of Kings, which had undergone a similar division.  Together the books of Samuel and Kings, now separated into four books were known as 1 - 4 Kingdoms (Greek Basileion), hence the heading in the top margin ‘BASILEION ’.

Septuagint is the name given to the translation into Koine Greek of the Hebrew Bible and some related texts. It is quoted in the New Testament particularly in the writings of Paul the Apostle and also by the Apostolic Fathers and later Greek Church Fathers and continues to serve as the Eastern Orthodox Old Testament.

The Septuagint has its origin in Alexandria, Egypt and was translated between 300-200 BC. According to an ancient document called the Letter of Aristeas, it is believed that 70 Jewish scholars were commissioned during the reign of Ptolemy Philadelphus to carry out the task of translation. The term “Septuagint” (sometimes abbreviated LXX) means seventy in Latin, and the text is so named to acknowledge the 70 scholars.


Condition:  This leaf is in very good/excellent condition, sharply printed on quality paper with original margins all round.  Very minor browning at the edge of the margins.  It is unconditionally guaranteed genuine.


Size:  Size of leaf: approx. 165x105 mm. Printed area : approx.  125x65mm. Presented in a museum quality mat, ready to frame.  Packing/postage within Australia: $22.50.  Overseas, ask for quote, which will be billed separately.


Item No:  PSA 057

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