Italiano / Italian Bible History: updated 2/12/2019

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"Italian is a linguistic descendant of Latin, as are all the Romance
languages.   It is spoken by almost 55 million Italians, including,
besides those in Italy, more than 3 million in the United States,
one million each in France and Argentina, and other large groups
in Yugoslavia, Switzerland, and Brazil.   It is an official language of
Switzerland (although spoken by only about 400,000 Swiss in
Ticino Canton) and is spoken by the 17,000 inhabitants of the
Republic of San Marino.   The numerous divergent colloquial
dialects of Italy are discussed below.   (See Italian: Bergamsco.)
Since medieval times the Florentine usage has been recognized as
the literary standard.

Even before the appearance of printed Italian Bibles in 1471,
translations of the Scriptures are known to have circulated.   It was
from such a version that most of the text of Jenson’s Bible (1471)
was prepared.   The only extant evidence of these early transla-
tions, however, is a few 14th-century manuscripts of Venetian
and Tuscan Gospel Harmonies.   An Italian manuscript of the
whole Bible is preserved in the National Library in Paris.
Translated by Nicholas de Nardo, it was finished in 1472, a year
after the first printed Italian [b]ible was published by a Benedic-
tine monk, Niccolo Malermi.

Between 1471, when Malermi’s version first appeared, and 1530,
when Brucioli brought out his New Testament, stirring things
had been happening in the Church, even in Italy.   Both Human-
ism and the Swiss and German revolts against papal power and
had their influence on such men as Lefèvre in Paris.
Similarly, in Venice, Brucioli felt the breath of the new age.
Early champions of Florentine independence, Brucioli and his
brothers, who were printers, were exiled to Venice.   There
Brucioli made a fresh translation - from the Hebrew and Greek,
he claimed - and in his prefaces and notes attacked the policy of
withholding the Scriptures in the vernacular from the common
people, and otherwise showed considerable sympathy with the
principles of the Reformation.   Yet he is said never to have left
the Roman communion.   ....

A revision of Brucioli’s version for Geneva’s Protestant refugees
was printed in Geneva in 1562, and the Italian Lyons Bible of
1551 employed Calvin’s preface to the Olivetan Bible.   Yet the
first Protestant Italian Bible is considered to be that of Giovanni
Diodati, whose family had fled religious persecution in Italy.
Though born in French-speaking Switzerland, this noted
Genevan scholar gave Italy a Bible that is a literary classic,
written with a flavor of pure Tuscan in the tradition of Dante
and Pet., as well as a work of able scholarship.   Despite Pope
Pius IV
’s prohibition on reading the Bible in the vernacular
(1564), Diodati’s version, upon its publication in 1607, met with a
success almost as immediate and widespread as Luther’s had
almost a century earlier."
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"Revisions and reprints of...Diodati
Bibles have had enormous circulation both inside and outside
Italy, and for three centuries they served as the primary Italian
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"1551 New Testament Lyons
Translated by Massimo Teofilo."
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"1607 Bible   1641 Bible (revised)   Geneva
Translated by Giovanni Diodati.   In revised form it still serves as the
standard Bible of Italian Protestants.   Revisions during the 18th and
19th centuries were: Mattia d’Erberg, 1712; Johannes D. Muller,
1744; G. Rolandi, 1819; T. P. Rosetti
(for the Society for the
Promotion of Christian Knowledge
), 1850; and S. Ferretti, 1854.
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"1881 New Testament Florence
Translated by A. Revel, a Waldensian."
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--1000 Tongues   [Info only: DIODATI VERSION   "1939" Mark 1:2 correct (profeti = prophets).]

"La Sacra Bibbia che contiene il Vecchio e il Nuovo Testamento : tradotta in lingua Italiana / da Giovanni Diodati. ([S.l. : s.n.], 1835)"   [Info only]

"La Sacra Bibbia, che contiene il Vecchio e il Nuovo Testamento: tradotta in lingua italiana / da Giovanni Diodati. (Londra, R. Watts, 1841)"   [Info only]

"La Sacra Bibbia, che contiene il Vecchio e il Nuovo Testamento; tradotta in lingua italiana da Giovanni Diodati. (Londra, S. Bagster, [1845?])"   [Info only]

"La Sacra Bibbia, che contiene il Vecchio e il Nuovo Testamento: tradotta in lingua italiana, da Giovanni Diodati. (Londra, Gulielmo Watts, 1850)"   [Info only]

"La Sacra Bibbia, che contiene il Vecchio e il Nuovo Testamento: tradotta in lingua italiana, da Giovanni Diodati. (Londra, Gulielmo Watts, 1850)"   [Info only]

"La Sacra Bibbia contenente il Vecchio ed il Nuovo Testamento / versione secondo la traduzione d Giovanni Diodati. (Londra : Bagster e Figliuoli, 1855)"   [Info only]

"Il Nuovo Testamento del Nostro Signore e Salvatore Gesù Cristo / tradoto in lingua Italiana da Giovanni Diodati. (Roma : La Società biblica italiana, 1872)"   [Info only]

"La Sacra Bibbia, ossia l'Antico e il Nuovo Testamento, tr. da Giovanni Diodati. ([London?] Stampato per la Società biblica britannica e forestiera, 1881)"   [Info only]

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