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Die Bible. Oude en Nieuwe Testament

The Bible: the Old and New Testament

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In 1522, Luther completed his translation of the New Testament. The first complete Bible translation in Dutch (Antwerp, Jacob van Liesvelt, 1526) was based on Luther’s and was prohibited by the authorities. When Willem Vorsterman also printed a translation in 1528, he pretended to follow the accepted Bible translation. However, comparative textual analysis has shown that it strongly corresponds to the Liesvelt Bible. Vorsterman was trying to escape prosecution. Van Liesvelt would have to pay with his life for his Lutheran sympathies.

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Den Haag, Koninklijke Bibliotheek: KW 225 F 13. NK 392.

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