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Katholieke Propaganda En Protestantse Polemiek in Zestiende-Eeuwse Bijbelillustraties

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An illustration at the beginning of Deuteronomium 18 in the French bible published at Atwerp by Martinus de Keyser in 1530 shows the burning of a book in the background. This picture has been interpretated as an expression of the propagandistic value which catholic imagery acquired with the growth of the Reformation. The illustration, however, has its forerunners in earlier bible illustrations, the earliest of which appeared in 1490. Moreover, the editions in which the woodcut appeared cannot be regarded as catholic bibles. Though they were at the time presented as based on the Vulgata, they were placed on the Louvain Index in 1546. Furthermore, the subject depicted does not deal with the burning of religious books; Deuteronomium 18:10-11 contains a prohibition against sorcery, and the book shown in the woodcut


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