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"L'Eterno e' il mio pastore; nulla mi manchera'" | by gwilmore
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"L'Eterno e' il mio pastore; nulla mi manchera'"

I love and revere the scriptures, and read them regularly in all three of my languages. This is my Italian Bible, opened to the 23rd Psalm, which for centuries has been a beloved source of comfort and solace to Christians and Jews alike.

 

This particular Bible edition is the Luzzi version, first published around 1925. It, in turn, is a revision of the Diodati translation, which appeared sometime around 1607 -- roughly the same time as the English King James Version. The language and style of the Luzzi translation are little changed from the time of Dante.

 

Incidentally, the white balance setting for this photo is in fact the correct one. The pages of my Italian Bible have a yellowish cast to them, which I left in the photo because it gives the pages an aged, parchment-like appearance.

 

(Footnote: This photo has been in and out of Interestingness several times, although it was always close to the bottom of the top-500 ranking, which of course is always volatile. It appeared as #492 on 2/13/06, but was gone the following day. Because it has appeared there at one time or another, I am including this one in my Interestingness set.)

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Taken on January 7, 2006