‘Best of Books’ Bible Exhibition in the Crypt


 The ‘Best of Books’

The first  Irish translation of the Bible by the man from Essex!

The first Irish translation of the Old Testament in Ireland was published in 1685.  Thanks to a man from Essex! Bishop William Bedell, an Anglican bishop,  came to Ireland when he was in his fifties and was appointed  Provost of Trinity College Dublin.  He did not have a word of Irish but was a noted linguist.  According to Giltrap’s account of him, he wrote a letter shortly after his arrival stating that the first thing he had to do was to get an understanding of the language of the country.  He organised the first Irish version of the Bible and Bedell’s Bible, as it is known forms part of the exhibition that is taking place in the crypt in Christ Church Cathedral.

The exhibition marks the 400th anniversary of the publication of the Authorised Version of the Holy Bible (sometimes known as the ‘King James Bible’) in 1611.The publication of the Bible was a momentous occasion.  King James I appointed 44 scholars to work on the translations.  The translators drew on all available resources, including Tyndale, Coverdale, the Geneva Bible and the  Rheims Catholic translation of the New Testament that was produced in  1582.   Jonathan Swift wrote that it was the greatest piece of literature ever produced by a committee!

All this information and more is available.   There is an Irish language copy of the catalogue that is full of information and all the exhibition panels are bilingual.

It is worth visiting the crypt to feel the atmosphere and maybe even get a cup of coffee in the restaurant.   The exhibition is running from now until the end of January.

Scoth na Leabhar

Buíochas d’fhear as Essex as an chéad leagan Gaeilge don Bhíobla

Foilsíodh an chéad leagan Gaeilge den Sean-Tiomna in Éirinn i 1685.   A bhuíochas sin d’fhear as Essex!   Ba é an tEaspag Uilliam Bedell,  Easpag na Cille Móire de chuid Eaglais na hÉireann, a bhí i mbun an aistriúcháin. Tháinig sé go hÉirinn nuair  a bhí sé sna caogaidí agus  ní raibh focal Gaeilge aige.  Bhí sé mar Phropast ar Choláiste na Tríonóide tráth dá raibh. De réir leabhar Risteárd Giltrap, scríobh sé litir a rá ‘gurbh é an chéad rud a bhí le déanamh aige in Éirinn ná tuiscint a fháil ar teanga na tíre’.   Tá an  Bíobla seo, ‘Bíobla Bhedell’ mar chuid den taispeántas atá ar siúl sa lusca in Ardteampall Chríost i mBaile Átha Cliath.

Tá an taispeántas seo, “Scoth na Leabhar”, ag ceiliúradh 400 bliain ó fhoilsiú Leagan Údaraithe an Bhíobla, nó Bíobla Rí Séamas (mar a thugtar air chomh maith) i 1611. Ócáid shuntasach ba ea foilsiú Bhíobla Rí Séamas. Cheap an Rí Séamas ceithre scoláire is daichead chun cabhrú leis an aistriúchán.   Bhain na haistritheoirí leas as gach bun-fhoinse a raibh fáil orthu chomh maith le haistriúcháin Bhíoblaí Tyndale, Coverdale, na Ginéive, mar aon le haistriúchán Caitliceach Rheims ar an Tiomna Nua, a cuireadh le chéile i 1582.  Mhol Jonathan Swift é nuair a scríobh sé gurb é ‘an t-aon sárshaothar liteartha a chuir coiste ar fáil riamh’!

Tá an t-eolas seo agus tuilleadh  ar fáil ag an taispeántas.  Tá leagan Gaeilge den Chatalóg ann agus tá na painéil go léir dátheangach.  B’fhiú an t-atmaisféar sa lusca a bhlaiseadh!   Tá bialann ann freisin.   Tá an taispeántas ar siúl gach lá idir anois agus deireadh mhí Eanáir.

Críoch

Tuilleadh eolais: Caroline Nolan, Oifigeach Forbartha Gaeilge Teil: 085 1632 772

Cúlra

Bunaíodh Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise sa bhliain 1914 chun (1) meon na Sean-Eaglaise Ceiltí a choimeád beo in Eaglais na hÉireann agus baill na hEaglaise a chuireann spéis sa Ghaelachas a bhailiú le chéile, (2) úsáid na Gaeilge a leathnú san Eaglais, (3) iomainn agus ábhar diaga eile a bhailiú ó litríocht na Gaeilge agus (4) ceol agus ealaíon Éireannach a chur ar aghaidh in imeachtaí na hEaglaise.