This text was prepared by William Gross:
This publication of the Decalogue, with the commentary of Ibn Ezra and a Latin translation and commentary by Sebastian Mnster, utilizes the beautiful Hebrew and Latin typefaces of Johann Froben. It was this version of the Biblical texts that Sebastian Mnster used to spread the knowledge of Hebrew at German Universities. The Hebrew text and Latin translation appear on facing pages.
Johann Froben (c. 1460 – 27 October 1527) was a famous printer and publisher in Basel. He established a printing house in that city about 1491; in 1516 he issued his first Hebrew title, and thus began his role as the most significant printer of Hebrew books in Basel. Johann published as many as 250 titles, among them Hebrew/Latin books of the Bible and grammatical works, primarily by Sebastian Muenster. Decorative borders used on his Latin title pages appear later on the title pages of Hebrew books issued by the Froben press. Upon his death in 1527, Johann was succeeded by his son Hieronymous who was, in turn, succeeded by his sons Ambrosius and Aurelius.
Froben's Hebrew-Greek-Latin tombstone is located in the Basel Peterskirche which has been used as a reformed church since 1529.
Translated by Sebastian Muenster, 1488 - 1552 Commentator: Avraham ben Meir Ibn Ezra, 1092 - 1164