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The presentation of Jerome's first letter to Paulinus of Nola in the Codex Amiatinus Pentateuch diagram

Darby, Peter

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Abstract

A diagram in the first quire of the Codex Amiatinus features five textual captions arranged in cruciform formation, one for each book of the Pentateuch. These are taken from Jerome's first letter to Paulinus of Nola (Epistle 53) which was written in 394 AD. This essay examines the diagram's colours, geometric structure, manuscript location and script. It suggests that the Pentateuch diagram should be regarded as a highly original piece of visual exegesis which is designed to celebrate the contribution made by Jerome to the transmission of the Latin Bible and point the viewer towards typological interpretations of Old Testament figures and events.

Journal Article Type Article
Publisher Brepols Publishers
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation Darby, P. (in press). The presentation of Jerome's first letter to Paulinus of Nola in the Codex Amiatinus Pentateuch diagram. Peritia: Journal of the Medieval Academy of Ireland,
Keywords Codex Amiatinus; Pentateuch; Wearmouth-Jarrow; manuscript illumination; Jerome; Paulinus of Nola; Epistle 53; Vulgate; Ceolfrith

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