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    A tiny book of psalms from 1640 has become the world’s most expensive printed book as it was auctioned in New York for $14.2m (£8.8m).

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    erikkwakkel:

    Bible puzzle from the 5th century

    This medieval book is quite something. Let me explain. The most important and prolific Bible translation of the Middle Ages was made by St Jerome, who used Greek and Hebrew sources to produce a Latin text that would remain the standard for a thousand years. The translation, known as the Vulgate, was commissioned by Pope Damasus, in 382, and Jerome finished his work not long before 400. When he died, in 420, his translation had already begun to spread over the map of Europe, replacing various inferior translations.

    Now behold these fragments from the Gospel of Mark. Admittedly, it does not look like much. They once belonged to a complete manuscript but were recycled to support a later medieval book binding, which explains the glue traces on the page’s surface. Don’t be fooled by the artifact’s appearance, however: the snippets are the earliest witness of the Gospels in Jerome’s translation. The book they were part of was written in Italy around 410, so before Jerome died and in his native country. It is very unusual to have a medieval witness so close in time and space to the original.

    What strikes me most as a book historian is that the fragments show how the first proper Latin Bible text was presented to its readers, some 1600 years ago. Notable are for example the cross references to the other Gospels: the detail image shows tiny abbreviations for Matthew, Luke and John with chapter numbers next to it (detail image, left margin). In other words, right from the start the “perfect” Latin Bible came in a user-friendly format. As Jerome would have said: it was about time.

    Pic: St Gall, Kantonsbibliothek, Vadianische Sammlung, VadSlg Ms. 292a (c. 410-20). More information, and more images, here. More about such medieval manuscript fragments in this blog I wrote a while back.

    (via europetotheeast)

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    Image Courtesy of The Royal Library, National Library of Sweden
Codex Gigas: The Devil’s Bible 
The Codex Gigas is the largest Medieval Manuscript in the world.  Bound  within a leather covered wooden folder, ornamented with metal, the giant  book is 92 cm (36.2in.) tall, 50 cm (19.7in.) wide and 22 cm (8.6in.) thick.  It originally contained 320 pages, however 8 were removed by  unknown hands for unknown reasons.  Weighing in at an incredible 165  pounds, the vellum (calf or donkey skin) pages were created out of  approximately 160 animals.
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    Image Courtesy of The Royal Library, National Library of Sweden

    Codex Gigas: The Devil’s Bible

    The Codex Gigas is the largest Medieval Manuscript in the world.  Bound within a leather covered wooden folder, ornamented with metal, the giant book is 92 cm (36.2in.) tall, 50 cm (19.7in.) wide and 22 cm (8.6in.) thick.  It originally contained 320 pages, however 8 were removed by unknown hands for unknown reasons.  Weighing in at an incredible 165 pounds, the vellum (calf or donkey skin) pages were created out of approximately 160 animals.

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    Die ganze Heilige Schrift - Martin Luther

    Die ganze Heilige Schrift - Martin Luther

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    callmechipper:

#Paul #Romans9 #reading #Bible #brokenheart (Taken with instagram)

    callmechipper:

    #Paul #Romans9 #reading #Bible #brokenheart (Taken with instagram)

    (Source: dreamerontheroof)

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