1550 Estienne (Stephanus) Greek New Testament -$12,900-
1550 Stephanus Novum Testamentum
The Greek New Testament
Editio Regia TextusReceptus
Printed by Robert Stephanus, Paris
Royal Edition Folio 13” x 8-3/4”
The Greek New Testament of Robert Stephanus
Fine Leather binding, newly bound in one handsome volume by Starr Bookworks
Crisp, clean, bright pages, some light foxing, some notes in margins
All pages present, possibly missing last blank page
Beautiful display of the “Editio Regia”
Since the printing of Erasmus’ Greek New Testaments in 1516-1535, there had been no debate or challenge of the textual purity of the Greek text. The Reformation was in full force and the “Textus Receptus”, the “Received Text” although that term was not coined until 1633, was Erasmus’ Greek. Christianity, namely the Protestants of the Reformation, were more concerned with theology rather than textual criticism, until 1546 when Robert Stephanus issued his Greek New Testament publications. His first two editions of the Greek New Testament in 1546 and 1549, were substantially based on Erasmus’ text, but in 1550, he issued his “Editio Regia”, the Royal Edition, which compared other Greek manuscripts to Erasmus.
Stephanus used 15 other Greek Byzantine manuscripts along with the Complutensian Polyglot, and even two other Alexandrian Codices, who were given to him “by friends in Italy”. The result, the Byzantine manuscripts were in perfect harmony with Erasmus’ Greek text! Therefore, the work of Stephanus in 1550 standardized the Erasmus Greek New Testament as the “Received Text” for the next 500 years. This shows the hand of God carefully preserving His Word through the centuries awaiting the unveiling in the Reformation of the sixteenth century.
This third printing, in 1550, was a beautiful masterpiece, printed with a magnificent Greek font and a large folio size. This was not only the most handsome edition, but also the most important of his texts because it was the first to have a textual apparatus listing the readings of the 15 Greek manuscripts he used.
The third and fourth editions of Stephanus’ Greek New Testament standardized the Erasmus text and became the foundation for all future Bibles up to 1881. Stephanus’ work assured the dominance of the text begun by Erasmus, which was the foundation for all the translations in the common tongue of the Reformation. Textual criticism, namely the 1550 Greek Testament of Stephanus, has only strengthened the purity of the Word of God, proving its harmony and authentication of One Author, the Holy Spirit.