Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Prophecy Fulfilled 019

Nephi saw in vision the book of the Lamb of God which had proceeded forth from the mouth of the Jew (Bible) going from the Gentiles (Europeans) to the remnant of the seed of his brethren (Lamanites) 1 Nephi 13:38.

This prophecy was dramatically fulfilled in 1553 and 1554 when Domingo de Vico's Theologia Indorum was composed and distributed in Guatemala. de Vico was a Dominican friar with a gift for languages. After studying at Úbeda and Salamanca, he came to Guatemala in 1544. His Theologia Indorum translated biblical passages into Mayan with commentary. Over a dozen hand-written manuscripts exist today in the Newberry Library in Chicago, the University of Pennsylvania Library, the Firestone Library at Princeton, the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia, and the Bibliothèque nacionale in Paris. The various copies are in Kaqchikel, Q'eqchi', Tz'utujil, and K'iche' Mayan. We know from historical sources that the Theologia Indorum was translated into other Mayan dialects as well, but those manuscripts are currently lost to science.
Domingo de Vico, Theologia Indorum in K'iche' Mayan
American Philosophical Society Indian ms. 178
Domingo de Vico was killed while preaching to the Lacandon Maya in 1555. His work is the longest manuscript in a native American language known from the colonial era and the first translation of the Bible into a New World language.