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Juan Pérez de Pineda (c.1500-1567)

Spanish New Testament
A copy of the Spanish New Testament translated by Juan Pérez de Pineda (c. 1500-1567). |

Juan Pérez de Pineda was from Andalusia, Spain. Little is known about his background. After becoming a Protestant, he fled his native country in response to violent persecution.

While living in Geneva, Switzerland, he translated the New Testament, the Old Testament book of Psalms, and several Protestant writings into Spanish.

“In the 19th century, literary critic Marcelino Menéndez Pelayo considered Pérez’s translation of the Psalms the best of all,” noted the Alliance for Confessing Evangelicals website Place for Truth.

“Today, Pérez is still remembered and appreciated in Spain, especially in evangelical circles, and a street in Seville is named after him.”

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