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Four leaves from the Hornby-Cockerell Bible (ca. 1220-25)

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  • These four leaves all come from a single early-thirteenth century transitional Paris Bible that was sold at auction and broken up in 1981. Over the past thirty years, OSU has collected over 180 of the Bible's original 440 leaves. Transitional Paris Bibles are rare and important witnesses to the evolution of the Scriptures. Prior to this period, complete single-volume Bibles were extremely uncommon, but the rise of the universities in the late-twelfth and early-thirteenth centuries increased the demand for Bibles and necessitated the creation of a more compact format that would allow the entirety of Holy Scripture to appear between a single set of covers. In addition to its smaller size, the transitional Paris Bible introduced other innovations such as the reordering of the books of the Bible (reflected closely by today's traditional ordering of the canon); the inclusion of exegetical prologues before each book; revised chapter lists at the head of each biblical book; and the introduction of the Glossary of Hebrew names, a scholarly tool that explained the meanings of problematic Hebrew words.

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    Four leaves from the Hornby-Cockerell Bible (ca. 1220-25)

    Description

    Clockwise from top left: Opening of St. Jerome's Prologue to the Book of Genesis; beginning of 2 Peter; Exodus 20:4—22: 2; opening leaf of the "Interpretation of Hebrew Names."
    Paris, ca. 1220-25.

    Date

    1220

    Rights

    OSU Libraries is not aware of any copyright restrictions on this item. However, copyright and other restrictions may apply, and the user is responsible for obtaining any necessary permissions for use.

    Language

    la

    Type

    Text

    Identifier

    SPEC.RAR.MS.LAT.14, 2
    SPEC.RAR.MS.LAT.14, 395
    SPEC.RAR.MS.LAT.14, 23
    SPEC.RAR.MS.LAT.14, 404

    Provenance

    The Ohio State University Rare Books and Manuscripts Library

    Original Format

    Book

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    “Four leaves from the Hornby-Cockerell Bible (ca. 1220-25),” The Ohio State University Libraries Exhibits, accessed August 19, 2017, https://library.osu.edu/innovation-projects/omeka/items/show/64.
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