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Old Latin Versions

Translations of the Bible in Latin, antedating the revisory work of Jerome.* Such translation was undertaken for the church in [[North Africa]], Gaul, and N Italy from the second century onward. In time, the work of Jerome ousted the older versions, with the result that the Old Latin is not widely attested in manuscripts. The latest list enumerates 453, among which the largest group (41) represents MSS containing the gospels. Any other part of Scripture has far less attestation in this form. Quotations in Christian writings fill in the resultant lacunae. For some books we have no evidence.