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Astuatsashunch matean hin ew nor ktakaranats est chshgrit t argmanutean nakhneats merots i hellenakann hawatarmagoyn bnagre i haykakans barbar hashkhatasirutene Hovhannu Zohrapean [Sacred Scriptures of the Old and New Testament. Edited with critical notes and introduction by Hovhannes Zohrapian. With prefaces to each book and an appendix of Apocryphal writings.]
San Lazzaro, Venëtik [Venice], 1805. THE FIRST CRITICAL EDITION OF THE BIBLE IN ARMENIAN, ITS "PRINCIPAL EDITION" (Cox), almost 140 years after the first Armenian Bible, printed in Amsterdam in 1666. "ONE DOES NOT HAVE TO GO VERY FAR TO GAIN AN IMMENSE APPRECIATION FOR THE MAGNITUDE OF ZOHRAPIAN’S CONTRIBUTION" (COX). Giovanni Zohrab (Hovhannes Zohrapean, or Zohrapian, 1756-1829) was a Benedictine monk at the celebrated Armenian monastery on the island of San Lazzaro near Venice. He chose as basis for his edition the oldest complete, dated Armenian Bible at his disposal, the Venetian manuscript MS V1508 of 1319, against which he collated 8 other manuscripts of the whole Bible and 20 of the New Testament kept in Venice’s Mxit’arist collection. The result of these comparisons can be seen in Zohrab’s footnotes, which quote major variations in the manuscripts he examined (which are however usually identified in general terms such as ’some witnesses,’ ‘one example,’ ‘many’ etc). Zohrab’s remarkable and long-lasting achievement was published in two variants, both finely illustrated: a quarto volume and these four duodecimo volumes. The first volume includes the Genesis through Ruth; volume 2 - Kings through Maccabees II; volume 3 - Psalms through Ezekiel; and volume 4 contains the whole New Testament. Zohrab’s edition was reproduced in facsimile in 1984, with an extensive introduction by the scholar Claude Cox, who notes: ‘The principal edition of the Armenian Bible is that of Zohrapian, published in 1805 [.] His edition stands head and shoulders above many editions of texts in h … [Click Below for Full Description]
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