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GREGENTIUS, Saint, Archbishop of Taphar.  Disputatio cum Herbano Iudaeo.   Paris, Fédéric Morel, 1586. 
8vo., [8], 204 leaves, printed in Greek with Latin translation on facing pages; contemporary vellum.
First edition of the single surviving work of St. Gregentius, the sixth-century archbishop of Taphar (i.e. Dhafar) in South Arabia. It is a debate - in dialogue form - between Gregentius and a learned Jewish rabbi, Herban. The debate took place at Taphar, in the presence of the king, Abramius, many bishops, a number of Jews, and the whole population of the city: it was terminated by the miraculous appearance of Jesus Christ and the infliction of blindness upon the Jews, who were, however, restored to sight on their believing and being baptized. Legend has it that the number of Jews converted and baptized in consequence was 5,500,000.
The Greek text is accompanied by a Latin translation by Nicolas Goulu. There are introductory verses by his father-in-law Jean Dorat.
language: greek, latin
£1500.00    (equal to approx. US$2518.05* or €1822.81* for 18 April 2014)