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Tribute to the Complutense Polyglot Bible in San Ildefonso Chapel

The renewed San Ildefonso Chapel will host on Monday November 18, at 1:30 pm, an act of homage to the Complutense Polyglot Bible, which in 2014 will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the publication of the first of his volumes.

The event is organized by the University of Alcalá and the city of Alcalá de Henares.

The Complutense Polyglot Polyglot is the first edition of a complete Bible written in Hebrew, Latin , Greek and Aramaic, and the most important scientific landmark of early sixteenth century in the field of philology, Humanism and Biblical Studies.

It is a massive work in extension and ambitious. Driven by Cardinal Cisneros in honor of the birth of Charles V, was the generosity of the Catholic Monarchs in the glorious rise of sixteenth century in Spain, which explains no financial means or human efforts were haggled during its development.

The basic materials for editing the ancient manuscripts were obtained from codex jealously guarded in convents, cathedrals and synagogues. And they were developed by the most well-known humanists of that time (Nebrija, the Pinciano, López de Zúñiga, Juan de Vergara, Alfonso de Zamora, Alfonso de Alcalá…).

600 volumes were printed in its first edition, each of which contained 6 volumes. Nowadays, barely a hundred units are preserved, almost all of them in libraries of the United States and countries from the Old Spanish Empire.

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