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Bonifatius Fischer was a German biblical scholar, textual critic of the Vulgate
The Vulgate is a late 4th-century Latin translation of the Bible. It was largely the work of St. Jerome, who was commissioned by Pope Damasus I in 382 to make a revision of the old Latin translations...

, and benedictine
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Fischer questioned Jerome
Saint Jerome was a Roman Christian priest, confessor, theologian and historian, and who became a Doctor of the Church. He was the son of Eusebius, of the city of Stridon, which was on the border of Dalmatia and Pannonia...

's authorship of some parts of the New Testament
New Testament
The New Testament is the second major division of the Christian biblical canon, the first such division being the much longer Old Testament....

 of Vulgate.

In 1951-1954 Fischer prepared the Old-Latin text of the Book of Genesis:
  • Genesis 1:1 – 9:14 (1951)
  • Genesis 9:14 – 27:23 (1952)
  • Genesis 27:23 – 43:22 (1953)
  • Genesis 43:22 – 50:26 (1954).

Fischer examined all known Latin manuscripts of the Gospels written before the 10th century. Fischer participated in preparation of Vulgata Stuttgartiana.


  • Novae Concordantiae Bibliorum Sacrorum Iuxta Vulgatam Versionem Critice Editam, 1977, ISBN 3772806384
  • Beitrage Zur Geschichte Der Lateinischen Bibeltexte
  • Lateinische Bibelhandschriften Im Fruhen Mittelalter