Joseph Smith and the Polyglot

Joseph Smith had a polyglot New Testament, probably Elias Hutter’s 1602 imprint. Here’s an excerpt that figures in one of Joseph’s sermons:

The Latin and German panels for opening verses of Matt. 4.

5 Responses to Joseph Smith and the Polyglot

  1. J. Stapley says:

    Cool. Has anyone published an argument as to which polyglot bible he used?

  2. WVS says:

    Google reveals!

    I’ve looked around for the original, but if anyone has it, they aren’t talking.

  3. J. Stapley says:

    Ah, yes. I now seem to remember an older post of yours that linked to that or something.

  4. ricke says:

    I agree – this is cool. So, just two languages? I know he liked the German. Could he read the Latin? Could he actually read either one?

  5. WVS says:

    On facing pages there are four columns, from left to right, Hebrew, Greek then Latin, German. I think his capabilities were roughly like you would expect from a first semester student, but I think it’s difficult

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