This is the second volume, in two parts, of a projected
six-volume set of the complete Vulgate Bible.
Compiled and translated in large part by Saint Jerome at the
turn of the fifth century CE, the Vulgate Bible was used from the
early medieval period through the twentieth century in the Western
Christian (and later specifically Catholic) tradition. It
influenced literature, visual arts, music, and education during the
Middle Ages and Renaissance, and its contents lay at the heart of
Western theological, intellectual, artistic, and even political
history during that period. At the end of the sixteenth century, as
Protestant vernacular Bibles became available, professors at a
Catholic college first at Douay, then at Rheims, translated the
Vulgate Bible into English, primarily to combat the influence of
Volume II presents the Historical Books of the Bible, which
tell of Joshua s leading the Israelites into the Promised Land, the
judges and kings, Israel s steady departure from God s precepts,
the Babylonian Captivity, and the return from exile. The focus then
shifts to shorter, intimate narratives: the pious Tobit, whose son
s quest leads him to a cure for his father s blindness; Judith,
whose courage and righteousness deliver the Israelites from the
Assyrians; and Esther and Mordecai, who saved all the Jews living
under Ahasuerus from execution. These three tales come from books
that were canonical in the Middle Ages but now are often called
apocryphal, with the partial exception of the Book of Esther.
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