1648 Alba Iulia New Testament Romanian Bible Religion Orthodox Limba română
DescriptionAlba Iulia Noul Testament sau Înpăcarea, sau Leagea Noao a lui Iisus Hristos Domnului nostru – In Romanian language... read more
Noul Testament sau Înpăcarea, sau Leagea Noao a lui Iisus Hristos Domnului nostru
– In Romanian language –
One of the most important work for Romanian culture is of course first translation of New Testament to Romanian language. In the 17th century there was a power struggle between Catholic and Calvinist Hungarian noblemen, so when George I Rákóczi became a Prince of Transylvania, as a way to consolidate his power, he insisted that the Orthodox Romanian people receive protestant Calvinistic confession. This had to be achieved through peaceful ways, investing in publishing religious books that would nuance the differences between the two confessions. So, sometime in the 1640s, Prince George I Rákóczi tasked Simeon Stefan, Metropolitan of Transylvania, to translate the New Testament to Romanian language. Simeon Stefan began his search for educated priests and wise men that knew how to translate the New Testament and brought them to Alba Iulia, cultural center and the capital of Transylvania. As sources, the translators used Greek, Slavic and Latin texts. Finally, The New Testament of Alba Iulia was published in 1648, the same year that Prince George I Rákóczi died. The Romanians of Transylvania resisted conversion. As a matter of fact, The New Testament in their own language played a significant role in their national awakening.
Cetatea Belgradului [Alba Iulia], Tipăritu-s-au întru a mării sale Tipografie, 1648.
Size: 31 x 20 cm
Pp.:  + 328 leaves (Cyrillic numeration)
Binding: Luxurious full leather binding. Decorated, clean, tight and strong.
Condition: Text is printed in black and red color. Please note that this is an incomplete copy. The first four leaves are missing, as well as leaves 65 and 66 and some other sections of the text. Total 315 of 328 leaves. There is no available complete copy for sale on Web. Even if some sections of text are missing, most of the leaves are successfully restored and text is preserved. Besides visible signs of paper restoration, copy is showing signs of ageing, usage and minor stains. Inscriptions by the previous owner on some of the pages, text block edges slightly damaged.
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