First Italian Protestant Translation
La Bibbia. Cioè, i libri del Vecchio, e del Nuovo Testamento.
Translated by Giovanni Diodati.
[Geneva: s.n.], 1607. (Prothro B-122)
Although Italian translations of St. Jerome’s Latin had appeared in print as early as the 1470s, the primacy of the Vulgate Bible was virtually unchallenged in Catholic Italy. However, Giovanni Diodati (1567–1649), an Italian Professor of Hebrew at the Academy in Geneva, became the first to translate the Bible into Italian from the Hebrew and Greek sources. First published in 1607, his translation was used by Italian Protestants well into the twentieth century.