Public Lecture: In the beginning was the Word | The languages that God Speaks



Public Lecture: In the beginning was the Word | The languages that God Speaks Session 3: Latin, the Language of the Vulgate on 9th March 2017

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From the Garden of Eden to the Mount of Olives, it was through words that God spoke to men.

This series of four talks wishes to reflect on the languages of the Bible, namely Hebrew and Greek, the original languages of the Old and the New Testament, and on Latin, the language of biblical text transmission in the West up until the Reformation and thereafter.

After an introductory session, which will deal mainly with the relations between language and their writing systems and religious texts in general, each following session will deal with each of the Biblical languages, briefly describing them and the more relevant questions surrounding the textual linguistic composition.

About the Talk: Session 3: Latin, the Language of the Vulgate (9th Mar 2017)

For centuries the word of God was transmitted to most of Christianity, especially in the western world, through the Latin Vulgate. Its history starts around the 4th century and it goes on well into the 20th century with the publication of the Nova Vulgata in 1979.

This session will look at the history of the Vulgate, the motives for its appearance, its relation with the Vetus Latina, the quality of its Latin, among other questions.

About the Speaker

Roberto Ceolin PhD (Oxon.) was educated in Coimbra, Salamanca, Salzburg and Oxford. He wrote his doctoral thesis on the Greek verb and his present research focuses mostly on the Indo-European and Greek verbal systems.

He has taught Latin and Greek, as well as courses on historical and synchronic linguistics, in Salamanca, Salzburg and Oxford. At present he teaches ancient languages at the Faculty of Religious Studies-USJ, Macau.