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Bible, 10: Vetus Latina
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Vetus Latina (Versio) or Old Latin (Version) is the collective name for all forms of the Latin text of the Bible that differ from the Vulgate and originated prior to Jerome. The Vetus Latina is translated from the Greek text of the Bible, even in the Old Testament (Septuagint). Traditionally the pre-Vulgate versions were called Itala, a term found in Augustine of Hippo’s De doctrina Christiana (15.22). This term should be abandoned, because it refers to a sp…

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Bauer, Thomas Johann, “Bible, 10: Vetus Latina”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 26 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2019

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