1 Leaf 13th C. Vellum Latin Vulgate Medieval Bible Manuscript Acts For Sale
First of all,when someone mentions a textual variant in the New Testament, the response should not be "I've never heard of that before!" or "That's not in my King James Version of the Bible!" There is an important textual variants in this part of Acts. At
Acts 19:4 Paul states that John the Baptist “baptized with the baptism of
repentance” and then added that John also told the people that they should also
believe on the one who would come after him, that is, “on Jesus.” The simple name “Jesus” is supported by the
earliest and best manuscripts, including the Greek Papyrus #38, the Greek
Papyrus # 74, the Greek Codex Sinaiticus, the Greek Codex Alexandrinus, the
Codex Vaticanus, another Greek uncial, a few Greek minuscules, Jerome’s Latin
Vulgate (as seen here), the Harclean Syriac, manuscripts of the Sahidic Coptic,
and the Bohairic Coptic. Later some
scribe added the title “Christ” to this passage in Acts to make the longer form
“on Christ Jesus.” This later form with “on
Christ Jesus” is found in the King James Version.
The sale is for a small leaf from a Latin Vulgate Bible written by a medieval scribe on vellum or animal skin in the 13th century, living in Bologna, Italy. This is dated 200 to 250 years before Gutenberg's first Bible of 1455. The ink for the Biblical text is a dark brown, while the rubrications for initial letters and chapter numbers alternate between red ink and blue ink. There are also small red marks to indicate the beginning of verses. The colors are strong and fresh-looking, especially on the "hair" side, with the "skin" side being faded a little.Size of thesheet is 4 1/4 in. x 6 1/4 in. The textblock area is 3 in. x 4 1/4 in. The writing by the scribe is extremely small and precise, with a full twelve lines per inch! The text contains Acts 18:2--20:10. You can examine the Latin text and an English translation on the Internet. Notice especially the two (2) large initial capital letters at the beginning of chapters, alternating between red and blue (see the scanned images). Notice that whatever color the letter is, then the decorative fine filigree lines are of the other color. You can see that the two initial letters (which are 5 1/4 in. and 5 3/4 in, respectively) are actually longer than the body of the text. There are many memorable passages in the text. We
need to put into context the work of Christian scribes during the last 2,000
During these centuries scribes developed two kinds of abbreviations in
the manuscripts that were copied and re-copied. The first kind of
abbreviation was the shortening or abbreviation of very common words,
so that it was easier and quicker to write such words. These do not
concern us here. The second kind of abbreviation was for the words
held sacred by Christians. In the Latin tradition, and especially in
Jerome's Latin Vulgate text, these were called "Nomina Sacra" meaning
"Holy Names." The common example of
Nomina Sacra are Lord, God, Jesus, Christ, Holy Spirit, the Father, and
the Son. This leaf has the Nomina
Sacra or Holy Name for the word "JAHWEH" or the "LORD" as it is given in the King James Version. Just looking at one chapter, this single leaf from the Acts of the Apostles has many instances of Nomina Sacra: four (4) instances of "Lord" in the Latin form of DOMINUS, abbreviated to DNS or DNI (Acts 19:9, 10, 13, and 17), one (1) instance of CHRIST in the Latin form XRISTUS abbreviated to "xpi" (Acts 19:13), and three (3) occurrences of the phrase "The Holy Spirit" (Acts 19:2, appearing 2 times; and Acts 19:6). The winner of the sale
will receive a photocopy of the Latin
text, with each of these marked. This is an absolutely amazing leaf of
a the Latin Bible.
This is anoriginal 13th century handwritten manuscript Bible page, not a reproduction. Authenticity is 100% guaranteed.
of Authenticity. All of the leaves
(whether handwritten manuscripts or printed texts) we sell are ORIGINALS. We
guarantee everything we sell to be original and authentic. Due to their age,
some imperfections can be expected, so please read our descriptions and view
our scanned images carefully. We stand behind our inventory and want to make
sure that all of our clients are completely satisfied with their purchases.
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1 Leaf 13th C. Vellum Latin Vulgate Medieval Bible Manuscript Acts: $500