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British Museum (Library, Dept. of Manuscripts)
The oldest manuscripts of the Greek Bible were not produced with such a Title Page at the beginning of Matthew’s gospel as we find in our modern printed editions.
Dr. Scot McKendrick.
Oklahoma Christian University
The Title Page in the Bible that is found between the books of Malachi and Matthew was added in 1486 to a Latin Bible published by Johann Pruss of Strasburg, France. The only authority for the insertion of this page was that of the printer himself. Second, there are no title pages in the oldest and best manuscripts of the Bible. The first known examples of an entire Bible in book form are from around 350 a.d.
Curt Niccum, Professor of Bible.
Harding Graduate School of Religion
It appears that the Gutenberg Bible (1455 a.d.) did not have a Title Page in between the books of Malachi and Matthew. Our copies of the Sinaiticus (4th century) and Alexandrus (5th century) manuscripts do not have a New Testament Title Page.
Jack Lewis, Professor of Bible.
American Bible Society
The first printed edition of the Bible was a copy of the Latin Vulgate printed in about 1455 a.d. by Johan Guttenberg. The first known example of a Title Page is the 1486 edition of the Bible in Latin that was published by Johann Pruss of Strasburg, France.
Erroll Rhodes, Assistant Director.
Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana
(Vatican City, Rome, Italy)
I call your attention to page 421 of the Cambridge History of the Bible. In volume 3 it states that in 1486 a.d. Johann Pruss of Strasburg, France, printed the first Bible with a "New Testament" Title Page which he placed in between the books of Malachi and Matthew.
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