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I Salmi di David de Pellegrino degli Erri (Venise, 1573)

Abstract : This paper studies the historical context in which I Salmi di David by Pellegrino degli Erri (Venice, 1573) were written and published. Aside from the fact that it is mentioned in catalogues and studies dedicated to Italian biblical edition, this work has drawn very little critical attention, partly because of its wrong attribution to the Benedictine abbot of the same name. This paper demonstrates that it was actually written by a man of letters who had been a member of the heterodox Modenese Academy, before being encouraged in his literary task by Bishop Egidio Foscarari and Count Fulvio Rangoni. The work offers an Italian and Latin translation of the Psalms, based on the Hebraic source and accompanied by a commentary. Its contents reflect a religious position which is both opened to Protestant ideas and concerned with preserving the peace and unity of the Church. These traits are emphasised in the apparatus inserted by the editor, Giordano Ziletti, who is careful to present the work as an aid to liturgical and devotional practices approved by the Church. Nonetheless, it was banned in 1593, not without having circulated, first as a manuscript in Italy and even in Spain and then as a Venetian edition of which a significant number of copies has survived. I Salmi di David by Pellegrino degli Erri are of great interest to religious, editorial, and literary historiography: they are indeed relevant for the study of Modenese and Italian religious history, the Italian editorial production of biblical texts at a time when it was affected by ecclesiastical censorship, and the linguistic and literary issues related to biblical translation and religious writing.
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Elise Boillet. I Salmi di David de Pellegrino degli Erri (Venise, 1573). Rivista di storia e letteratura religiosa, L. S. Olschki, 2019, pp.79-101. ⟨halshs-02924449⟩



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