What is the Latin Vulgate?

The Latin Vulgate is a late fourth-century Latin translation of the Bible that was produced by St. Jerome. It was the standard version of the Bible used in the Western Church for over a thousand years, and it remains an important text for the Catholic Church.

The Latin Vulgate was created at a time when there was a need for a standardized and authoritative translation of the Bible, as various regional versions and translations were in use. St. Jerome was commissioned to produce a new translation, and he based his work on earlier Latin versions of the Bible, as well as on the original Greek and Hebrew texts.

The Latin Vulgate was widely used throughout the medieval period and beyond, and it was an important influence on the development of Western culture and literature. The language of the Latin Vulgate is considered to be a form of classical Latin, and its influence can be seen in the works of many writers.

Today, the Latin Vulgate is still used by the Catholic Church and is considered to be a definitive text for the interpretation of the Bible. Although it is no longer the standard version of the Bible in the modernized Catholic church, it remains one of the most important and influential texts for the Church of Jerusalem.