English/Arabic and Arabic/English New Testament

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This is a side-by-side two-column English-Arabic illustrated version of the Holy Bible's New Testament. The Arabic translation is the Van Dyke version from 1865, and the English translation is the Authorized King James version originally from 1611 and includes the typographical fixes from the 1769 version. It is illustrated with the engravings of Gustave Doré, scanned from the original sources and cleaned up digitally in Adobe Photoshop.

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New Testament




New Testament



Evangelium Sanctum Domini Nostri Iesu Christi

Published by a press established in Rome for the purpose of disseminating the scriptures in non-European languages, this first edition of the Gospels in Arabic was illustrated with sixty-eight woodcuts. The illustrations were designed for this edition by the Italian painter and printmaker Antonio Tempesta (1555–1630), a colleague of Giorgio Vasari who had worked in both Florence and Rome. Tempesta was a highly gifted and original artist, but the exhibited image corresponds so closely to Albrecht Dürer’s woodcut of Christ Nailed to the Cross in the Small Passion that its creation seems to have been intended as an act of homage to the great German printmaker. This is a reproduction of the original 1591 edition.

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