Who, when, and why forbade the reading of the Bible?

In the everyday life of the Orthodox Catholic Church and the East in general, the reading of the Bible was also prohibited in the Middle Ages. “The hierarchs in the ‘Epistle of the Patriarchs of the Eastern Catholic Church on the Orthodox Faith’ forbade all without distinction and reliable guidance to read some biblical books, and especially the Old Testament parts” ([256], p. 93).

This message was written in 1723 ([256], p. 96). It is believed that “in Ancient Russia, although not in such an open form as in Catholic countries, voices were heard at times calling for forbidding common people from reading the Bible” ([256], p. 97).

As we will see, these alleged prohibitions on reading the Bible in the Middle Ages mean that the Bible was not completely written at that time. Highly likely, all the prohibitions were invented and written already in the XVII–XVIII century. Thereupon they were attributed to medieval rulers and popes. It is impossible to explain the amazing, from the point of view of Scaligerian history, fact that at least until the end of the XV century, there was no end of the XVI century (see below) Bible as we know it at all. Not only in the East but also in the West.

Thus, if, at the very end of the XV century, the awakening of interest in the complete Bible is regarded by experts as very early, then what can we say about the XIV or XIII century? As we see, no one in the East was even interested in the Bible at the time. And in the West, they didn’t read it because it was “forbidden.” The question is—who read it in those centuries? And did it even exist then?

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