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Printing the Story: the Bible in Etchings, Engravings, and Woodcuts

Margaret Adams Parker

in Scrolls of Love

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780823225712
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823237067 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823225712.003.0010
Printing the Story: the Bible in Etchings, Engravings, and        Woodcuts

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It can be argued that printmaking in Europe grew up alongside the printed Christian Bible. The print's beginnings in Western Europe coincided roughly with the development of the printing press and movable type. Indeed, the impact of the biblical print is in some ways analogous to that of the printed text. Just as the printing press made possible the broader dissemination of the Bible, the print made biblical images widely available. Likewise, translations of the Bible into local vernaculars made the text accessible to those who could not read the Latin Vulgate, just as the printed image “told” the biblical story to those many Christians who could not read at all. This is true whether the picture appears separately from the text or alongside it.

Keywords: printmaking; Christian Bible; printing press; biblical images; Latin Vulgate; Europe

Chapter.  5634 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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