Item 0102-25 - English pocket Bible leaf

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English pocket Bible leaf

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CA MRUASC C0003-S4-0102-25

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  • [between 1250 and 1275] (Creation)

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1 leaf : col. ill., vellum ; 17 x 12 cm

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Custodial history

Leaf was formerly part of the collection of Otto F. Ege, Dean of the Cleveland Institute of Art; see handlist item #245 in Scott Gwara's "Otto Ege's manuscripts: A study of the Ege's manuscript collections, portfolios, and retail trade, with a comprehensive handlist of manuscripts collected or sold" (Cayce, SC: De Brailes, 2013).

Scope and content

Item is a leaf from an English pocket bible, possibly from East Anglia, containing verses 10:30-12:41 of the Book of Mark. Leaf features illuminated initials and marginalia.

A partial transcription of the leaf reads: "Et sorores, et matres, et agros..." : "and sisters , and mothers, and children... the Son of man also is not come to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a redemption for many... Hosanna, blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord... My house shall be called the house of prayer to all nations. But you have made it a den of thieves... Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's and to God the things that are God's... And thou shalt love the Lord thy God, with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind, and with thy whole strength. This is the first commandment. And the second is like to it; thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself..."

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  • Latin

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  • Gothic

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Item is written in minute Gothic bookhand.

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Created March 13, 2019 by SD.

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